USA: Star Alliance Flights Starting at €245 pp from Brussels (w/o Luggage, min. 2 Passengers)

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In addition to the great Star Alliance deal from Germany, there is now a similar one with departure from Brussels, which could be of interest to many living in Western Europe.

From Brussels, you can fly cheaply and non-stop to New York, Washington, and Chicago, with Star Alliance members Brussels Airlines and United Airlines, starting at €245. The fare that includes luggage starts at €300. You must book for at least 2 passengers, otherwise, you won’t get the price. New York is the cheapest destination, as Washington and Chicago cost €20 and €70 more, respectively.

Info

Entry into the USA is permitted. Currently, you need proof of vaccination and a negative covid test, taken on the calendar day before departure.

The tickets cannot be rebooked or cancelled, so you better be sure that you want to go on the trip.

The easiest way to book the deal is using the following form. Simply select the desired route and travel dates, and then press on the blue button. We will then forward you to Brussels Airlines’ website for booking. Please note that the departure must take place no later than March 31, 2022:

The prices:

Two tickets to New York for merely €490 (i.e. €245 per passenger)

United will take you to New York in a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, while Brussels operates an Airbus A330.

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According to the fare rules, the fare is available until March 6. You can travel until the end of March. Your stay in the USA must last at least 6 days or one Sunday. The maximum permitted stay is three months, and an ESTA is valid for stays of up to 90 days.

Google Flights (instructions) will help you find cheap flights. Once you’ve found the dates that suit you best, you should book these flights directly on Brussels Airlines’ website.

Why is booking with an airline better than with an online travel agency?

More often than not, online travel agencies offer lower fares than airlines do. We still recommend booking with the airlines directly. There are three main reasons for that:

  1. The Covid-19 Pandemic
    During the worldwide outbreak of Covid-19, planning international travel got more and more risky because of ever-changing restrictions. In contrast to many online travel agencies, most airlines modified their terms & conditions to become more customer friendly. Rebooking conditions are eased, change fees are waived and cancellations are much easier when there is no third party involved.

    Further, by adding an OTA to your plans, you increase the risk of one service provider involved going bankrupt. Now, the airline and the online travel agency involved could vanish along with your money.
  2. Better Customer Service
    In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airlines has to take care of you because you have a contract with them.

    If a travel agency issues your ticket, you may have to reach out to them first. You also depend on your OTA to forward you information like flight changes instead receiving them directly from the airline. You may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem solving.

    This especially applies for premium tickets. You don’t want to spend more than €1,000 to wind up with some budget OTA’s telephone hotline in case anything goes wrong.
  3. Baggage Fees
    Economy fares not including hold luggage are more and more common. In most cases, travel agencies charge much higher baggage fees than the airlines themselves. If bags are not included in your fare, airlines are often the cheaper alternative.

You can book the classic economy fare including 23 kg of luggage and other benefits directly on the airline’s website for €300. The Basic fare, on the other hand, has some limitations, including no longer being able to choose a seat.

Mileage

The tickets are issued in booking class L. Below is the credit for non-stop flights to New York with Brussels Airlines:

  • 3,658 Award Miles + 732 PQP on United MileagePlus
  • 3,658 Miles on EVA Infinity MileageLands
  • 1,828 Miles on Asiana Club
  • 1,828 Miles on Etihad Guest
  • 620 Award Miles + 1,828 Tier Miles on Miles&More
Data provided by wheretocredit.com. Without guarantee on correctness.

Hotels

Hotels in the USA usually cost between €95 and €465, depending on the city and hotel category. Whichever category and hotel you opt for, make sure to get the best price! Our recommendation is searching on booking.com, or even on our own Travel-Dealz hotel search:

Information & Tips for New York

It is THE dream destination in the USA. The 5 districts of New York City offer more than any other metropolis in the world. And due to the high number of flights to New York, it is usually the cheapest way to get to the USA.

The Best Time to Travel

The best travel time with moderate temperatures is from April to June and from September to November. Summers can bring heat waves with high humidity. Winters are often snowy and very cold.

Climate diagram for New York City, New York (Source: WMO World Weather Information Service)

From the airport to the city

New York City is served by three commercial airports: John F. Kennedy Intl. Airport in Queens (probably the most famous), Newark Intl. Airport in Newark, New Jersey (which is not located in NYC, but serves the metropolitan area just like the others) and LaGuardia Airport also in Queens (which is closest to the city).

John F. Kennedy Intl. Airport

Public transport: From Manhattan by subway or LIRR to Jamaica (price varies from $2.75 – $10.00), continue with AirTrain to JFK ($6). Travel time 45 – 60 minutes.

Taxi: To Manhattan $52.50 (+ $5.50 toll), 45 – 90 minutes depending on traffic.

Newark Intl. Airport

Public transport: Almost $20 with a combination of AirTrain Newark and NJ Transit to Penn Station. Almost 45 minutes drive.

Taxi: To Manhattan $50 – $70 (+ $8 toll), journey time 35 – 60 minutes depending on traffic.

LaGuardia Airport

Public transport: LaGuardia is only served by buses, these are slow and don’t have much space to store luggage, but with $2,75 they are very cheap.

Taxi: To Manhattan $20 – $30, journey time 15 – 30 minutes depending on traffic.

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