Star Alliance members Lufthansa, Swiss, Brussels Airlines and Air Canada team up to bring you cheap flights to major U.S. destinations like New York, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Orlando. Prices go as low as €232 for a roundtrip to New York.
All flights include a layover at an European Star Alliance hub, while some add a second one in Canada. Sadly, these are all light fares that do not include luggage. You can add a checked bag up to 23kg at €330 at the carriers’ website like Lufthansa.
- New York – JFK at €232
- Miami at €234
- New York – EWR at €239
- Los Angeles at €260 (with two layovers at €234)
- San Francisco at €264
- Orlando at €313 (with two layovers at €225)
Possible stopover cities in Europe are Brussels, Frankfurt, Munich and Zurich. Connections with two layovers are routed via Montreal or Toronto. The only destination that gets drastically cheaper by adding an additional layover is Orlando.
Search & Book
According to fare rules, these tickets are on sale until [expirationdate]. They are available for flights leaving Oslo earlier than June 19, 2020. Your trip has to be at least three days long or include a night from Saturday to Sunday to apply for this fare. It may not exceed three days. At time of writing, availability for all destinations is pretty great in November 2019 in all of 2020.
You can find these flights easily on Google Flights and check when fares are lowest (instuctions). You can enter these dates in our flight search to find an even cheaper light fare. If you want to travel with hold luggage, we recommend to book with the airlines directly like Lufthansa or Swiss.
This is a Star Alliance fare that does not include check-in luggage. Additionally, some other disadvantages may apply, especially when flying with United:
Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian
Lufthansa Group airlines call this fare Economy Light. You can select your seats during the check-in process. While these airlines still allow Star-Alliance-Gold customers to bring one 23kg bag, it is said that this benefit will soon be eliminated without much warning.
The long-haul United Basic Economy allows Star-Alliance-Gold customers to fly with 2 x 23 kg luggage, or even 3 x 32 kg if you’re a MileagePlus frequent flyer. Nevertheless, there are other restrictions:
- You cannot reserve your seats. Even at the time of check-in, you’ll be automatically assigned a seat, which you cannot change.
- You’ll be the last one to board the plane (except if you’re a frequent flyer).
- Additionally, if you’re a MileagePlus-customer:
- No free Economy-Plus upgrades
- Only 50%
PQMinstead of 100%, and only 0.5 PQS per flight
- No modifications (e.g. Same Day-Changes) possible
- Upgrades are not permitted
On flights with Air Canada, there is also a Basic Economy, but it is not quite as restrictive as United’s. If you have a Star-Alliance-Gold-Status, you can give up a 23 kg luggage, and Air-Canada-Altitude status holders can even be allowed up to 3 x 32 kg.
Other restrictions include:
- You can reserve seats, but at a higher price than usual for Economy.
- For Air Canada Altitude customers:
- 25% miles for transatlantic flights, none for domestic.
- Upgrades are not permitted.
- From Prestige 25K onwards you can select your seats.
If you feel that these restrictions are unbearable, you should book over Lufthansa.com or United.com and select the rate that includes luggage for roughly €80 more.
Information & Tips for USA
The USA offers many sights, natural wonders and cultural significance. Thanks to numerous airlines offering flights across the Atlantic, it is always pretty inexpensive to get there. Alternatively, you can also cross the Atlantic by boat.
Immigration, ESTA & Visa Requirements
The USA has one of the strictest entry regulations in the world. Most EU citizens citizens, among others, are lucky to be able to participate in the so-called Visa Waiver Program. If you get an electronic entry permit (ESTA) for about 12€, you don’t need a visa for entry.
Best Time to Visit
Due to its sheer size, the perfect time to visit the USA varies greatly from region to region. In winter, Florida is very popular due to the mild temperatures. In the summer the West and East Coasts are flooded by tourists which drives up the prices for hotels and flights and during the Indian Summer in late autumn New England is a very popular destination. The hurricane season between July and September can be dangerous in the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. Florida and the southern states are regularly struck by these tropical storms. Blizzards occur from the East Coast to the Midwest during the winter months and regularly put air traffic and public life on hold.
The US dollar is widely used throughout the world and accepted as a currency in most tourist hotspots worldwide. That being said, carrying cash isn’t necessary in the US, all you need is a credit card! These are very common in the USA and are accepted pretty much everywhere without any issues. If you already have a credit card in your wallet, you should make sure that it does not charge a foreign currency fee if possible. Carrying a few dollars in cash doesn’t hurt though. You might need cash e.g. for the bus ticket if you want to buy it directly from the driver. Most of the time you even have to give exact change.
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