Star Alliance carriers Lufthansa and Air Canada are offering great premium economy fares from Strasbourg to New York and Toronto. Prices start at €515 for round trips up to March €515. Since checked bags are already included in this fare, these tickets might cost less than some transatlantic economy rides.
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.
Transatlantic services are almost exclusively Airbus A330, A340 or A350 services. All the mentioned aircraft offer a 2-3-2 seating in their premium economy section.
Search & Book
Unfortunately, we were not able to retrieve fare rules for this deal. However, we were able to determine the minimum stay requirement, which is either at least 6 days. It looks like a maximum stay of 3 months is permitted. Availability is great from end January to end of March 2021. From March until June 2021, prices rice by €50. We do not know an expiry date for this deal.
The best way to look up suitable travel dates as part of this deal, is Google Flights (instructions). You can then go ahead and either book via our Travel-Dealz search or directly with the airlines such as with Lufthansa, Austrian, United or Air Canada, what we recommend.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
The booking class for the feeder flights will most probably be Y, whereas the long-haul segment will most definitely be in booking class N. Baring this in mind, the mileage accrual for an example flight from Strasbourg to New York could look like this:
- 12,668 Kilometers on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 10,556 Points on SAS EuroBonus
- 10,556 Miles on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 10,554 Miles on Miles&More
- 10,056 Miles on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 9,056 Miles on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 9,056 Miles on Asiana Club
- 8,630 Miles on Avianca LifeMiles
- 8,630 Miles on Air India Flying Returns
- 8,630 Miles on EgyptAir Plus
- 8,630 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
- 8,628 Award Miles + 1,614 PQP on United MileagePlus
- 8,476 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 8,438 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
- 8,438 Miles on South African Voyager
- 8,438 Miles on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 8,438 Miles on TAP Miles & Go
- 8,438 Miles on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 8,438 Miles on LATAM Pass
- 8,306 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 574 Miles on Air Malta Flypass
Hotels in the US are quite pricey. The benefit of comparing prices, location and overall reviews can be huge. Therefore we would highly recommend using booking.com to do that:
It cannot hurt to also have a look at our current hotel vouchers and coupon codes.
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, 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.
The 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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