Star Alliance member United Airlines is offering an interesting fare to the US West Coast. Flights from Madrid to Portland, Oregon (with two lengthy stopovers in New York) are sold as cheap as €1,139. You can find this fare directly on United’s website. It includes Polaris business class flights between Madrid and Newark. Further, transcontinental flights in United’s domestic first, as well as lounge access in Madrid, Newark and Portland.
Enjoy United’s Boeing 767 Polaris Business between New York and Madrid. In New York, you may enter United’s Polaris Lounge, which includes amenities like showers, and optional buffet or à la carte dining.
We expect further shakeups in the airline industry over the following months. Some services might be cancelled, aircraft changed or downgraded. The schedule we describe may very well change.
Search & Book
According to the fare rules, neither the sales period nor travel period of this deal is limited. A minimum stay of at least one night from Saturday to Sunday has to pass before you can start your inbound flight. A maximum stay of three months applies, too. You can find flights at the lowest fare almost daily between October 2020 and May 2021.
Google Flights displays potential flight dates very accurately. Use their calendar to find suiting flight dates (instructions) and book your tickets directly on United.com, as the airline offers this fare directly.
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.
United issues tickets for all four flight segments in booking class P. This is a moderate business booking class, giving you at least 100% of your travel distance in award mileage:
- 29,086 Kilometers on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 24,098 Miles on TAP Miles & Go
- 18,076 Award Miles + 2,410 PQP on United MileagePlus
- 18,072 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 15,062 Miles on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 15,062 Miles on Vistara Club Vistara
- 12,050 Miles on Miles&More
- 12,050 Miles on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 12,050 Miles on Air India Flying Returns
- 12,050 Miles on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 12,050 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
- 12,050 Miles on EgyptAir Plus
- 12,050 Miles on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 12,050 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 12,050 Avios on Aer Lingus AerClub
- 12,050 Miles on Avianca LifeMiles
- 12,050 Miles on Azul TudoAzul
- 12,050 Miles on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 12,050 Points on SAS EuroBonus
- 12,050 Miles on South African Voyager
- 12,050 Miles on Asiana Club
- 8,434 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
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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