Star Alliance carriers such as Lufthansa, Swiss, Air Canada, and United are once again selling discounted tickets for flights from Europe to the USA. This time you can fly to San Francisco or Los Angeles departing from Stockholm for prices starting at only €246.
Of course, this offer is a Light respectively a Basic Economy fare. As a result, only carry-on luggage and one personal item are included. Adding checked baggage will result in a surcharge of at least €100 per round trip.
Depending on the destination and the carrier, your trip will include one or multiple layovers. These could be in Frankfurt, Zurich but also in Toronto or Vancouver. If you book a flight via Canada, you should be aware of the fact that you will need an eTA, even if you’re only in transit.
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The fare rules do not state until when this deal will continue to be available. Fares as low as the promoted ones probably won’t last long.
These fares can be found from end of August onward, flying to the USA from Sunday to Wednesday, and back to Europe from Tuesday to Friday. You’ll have to stay for at least 6 days (or a Sunday). The maximum stay is 12 months, but don’t forget that your ESTA is only good for 90 days.
Use Google Flights (instructions) to find all available connections. You can use our Travel Dealz flight search if you want to compare prices that OTAs offer. But you can also book directly on the carrier’s website. This is recommended if you’re planning on adding checked bags to our booking.
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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Information & Tips for Los Angeles
The metropolis in California, USA is especially famous for Hollywood. But Los Angeles offers much more to discover.
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Information & Tips for San Francisco
The city on the Pacific coast in California captivates with unique buildings like the Golden Gate Bridge but also with the serenity, enlightenment and cultural diversity of the population.
Best Time to Visit
Temperatures in San Francisco are quite warm and moderate all year round. But in winter you have to expect to get more rain. The best months for traveling are April to October.
Top 3 Sights
Golden Gate Bridge: There are only a few buildings that say ‘USA’ as much as the bridge that connects with San Francisco to Sausalito. You can pass the bridge either by car, on foot or by bike. The latter is highly recommended because it is somewhat tricky to get on the bridge by foot. When planning your trip, you should always check the weather forecast, as the bridge is often covered in thick fog. This might be great for taking spectacular pictures of the bridge, but passing it could be rather disappointing due to the limited visibility.
Alcatraz Island: You can reach the legendary prison island, on which Al Capone was imprisoned, by ferry. You can book tickets on the official website. Attention: Other sites that also offer tickets are only re-sellers who charge excessive prices. It is worth to book the tickets in advance because especially during high season the ferry can be full due to the limited number of seats.
Fisherman’s Wharf: An excellent place to start your visit to San Francisco. This old part of town – once the Little Italy of San Francisco – is famous for its shops, restaurants and the beautiful atmosphere by the water. It’s a nice place to walk around and get a taste of the city. It’s also a starting point for tours with spectacular views of the city.
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