Star Alliance members Lufthansa, Austrian, and Air Canada are currently selling cheap premium economy flights from Budapest to Toronto and Montreal. Apart from a far more comfortable seat, you’ll also enjoy other benefits such as a higher baggage allowance. If you’re willing to pay roughly €50 more, you could also fly from Poland or Prague.
Worldwide travel restrictions are in place to slow the spread of Covid-19. We strongly recommend gathering detailed information about the travel and quarantine restrictions that apply to your desired origin and destination.
A good start is the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website. It provides current updates on a country’s immigration policies. Even better, the Covid-19 Travel Regulations Map is one of the most useful tools you can find.
You would usually fly via Frankfurt, the long-haul flight either being operated by Lufthansa or Air Canada. You can also fly the entire trip with Austrian via Vienna.
Search & Book
We couldn’t find any fare rules for these flights, but they seem to be available for trips until the end of May 2021. You can select available dates on our calendar above, or use Google Flights. In any case, you should book directly on Lufthansa’s website.
The short-haul economy class flights are issued in booking class Y, while the long-haul premium economy flights will be issued in booking class N. A Lufthansa roundtrip to Toronto via Frankfurt should get you the following number of miles:
- 13,254 Kilometers on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 10,384 Miles on Miles&More
- 10,382 Miles on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 10,382 Points on SAS EuroBonus
- 9,882 Miles on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 9,438 Award Miles + 1,810 PQP on United MileagePlus
- 9,438 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
- 9,438 Miles on Avianca LifeMiles
- 9,438 Miles on Air India Flying Returns
- 9,438 Miles on EgyptAir Plus
- 9,024 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 8,920 Miles on South African Voyager
- 8,920 Miles on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 8,920 Miles on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 8,920 Miles on LATAM Pass
- 8,920 Miles on TAP Miles & Go
- 8,920 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
- 8,920 Miles on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 8,920 Miles on Asiana Club
- 8,400 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 1,556 Miles on Air Malta Flypass
- 1,036 Award Miles + 1,038 Tier Miles on Asia Miles
Lufthansa’s Premium Economy
In comparison to other airlines, Lufthansa’s Premium Economy is solid, but not outstanding. The reclining seats and legroom are above average. Still, cabin service and entertainment are almost the same as in LH’s economy class product.
In contrast to its regular economy seats, Lufthansa offers broader and more comfortable seats in Premium Economy, switching from a 3-4-3 / 3-3-3 seat alignment to 2-4-2 (Boeing 747) or 2-3-2 on its wide-body aircraft. Furthermore, you are able to check two bags up to 23 kg at no additional cost. While the food is identical, it’ll be served on chinaware instead of plastic.
Information & Tips for Canada
The North American country of Canada is the second largest country in the world in terms of surface area. In Canada, English and French are the official languages. Tourists visit Canada because of its many natural attractions and large cities, and the flight prices vary between the east and west coasts. Flights to the east coast e.g. to Toronto or Montreal regularly cost less than 400€. For flights to the west coast, e.g. to Vancouver or Calgary, prices are closer to 400€ – 600€. Other destinations are mostly only reachable with an additional domestic flight. Just like in the USA, most airlines now only offer cheap fares that do not include checked baggage. For checked baggage you should budget an additional 50€ per direction.
Best Time to Travel
Canada is a huge country with many varying climate conditions, but it is safe to say that the winters (November to March) are very cold and snowy in most regions. Summers are relatively mild and partly rainy.
Immigration & Visa Requirements
Most EU citizens do not need a visa for tourist stays of up to 6 months. However, an electronic travel waiver (eTA) must be applied for, similar to the ESTA required for entry into the USA. This costs about 5€ and is valid for up to 5 years.
Canada’s national currency is the Canadian Dollar (CAD). One euro is approximately $1.50 CAD. Many credit cards may charge a foreign currency fee of up to 2% to pay in CAD.
Transfer from Canada to the USA
Canada is located north of the USA and is the only other country apart from Mexico that shares a border with it (2 borders, actually: Alaska borders Canada in the southeast!) At many airports in Canada US immigration is already done before departure, so you arrive in the USA as a “domestic” passenger in the domestic terminal which can potentially save you lots of time since you do not have to stand in line at customs upon arriving. By land the same entry formalities take place as at the airport or by train at the station in Canada. Most EU citizens don’t need a visa and can instead make use of the digital ESTA procedure.
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