USA: Star Alliance Flights Starting at €231 From Spain (With Luggage & Refundable)

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Star Alliance members Lufthansa, Swiss, and United are all offering very cheap tickets from various Spanish airports to many US destinations. There are cheap destinations on both coasts of the United States. The highlight of this deal: These are full-flex fares, meaning that luggage is included and that the fare is fully refundable!


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.

Our calendar shows all available dates for flights from Madrid. You can also search for flights from other Spanish airports, but you’ll have to guess the availability for those. You can still use the dates for Madrid as an orientation.


The full-flex fares are only available until December 2021. If you book cheap flights for 2022, they’ll be economy basic/light fares, without luggage, and non-refundable.

Here are some of the destinations that we found:

SWISS will first fly you to Zurich, and Lufthansa will either take you to Frankfurt or Munich for its long-haul connection. Either way, the service that you can expect is very similar on all airlines – complimentary food & snacks. Even the flight times tend to be rather similar. You can generally fly from all major Spanish airports, e.g. Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Valencia, Malaga, Seville…

Search & Book

This deal expires on August 27, 2021. Your flights can then take place until December 15. You can find available dates on Google Flights and our own calendar above, before then booking directly on Lufthansa’s website.


The tickets are issued in booking class K. To give you an example, a United roundtrip from Madrid to Miami via Newark would get you:

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  • 4,684 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
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  • 4,684 Miles on Aegean Miles+Bonus
  • 4,684 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
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  • 868 Award Miles + 172 PQP on United MileagePlus
  • 584 Award Miles + 2,344 Tier Miles on Miles&More
Data provided by Without guarantee on correctness.

Aegean Miles+Bonus or Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles are probably among the best options to credit these flights, though that really depends on your usual flight pattern. For some, for instance, Thai Royal Orchid Plus may be a better option.

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.

Climate diagram for New York City, New York (Source: WMO World Weather Information Service)
Climate diagram for Los Angeles, California (Source: WMO World Weather Information Service)
Climate diagram for Miami, Florida (Source: WMO World Weather Information Service)


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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