USA: SkyTeam Business Class Sale Starting at €1,271 from Luxembourg

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Airline alliance SkyTeam has a business class sale going for flights between Luxembourg and the United States. Various members of the alliance, like Delta Air Lines, Air France, and KLM, sell business class round trips to many airports in the USA for less than €1,500, and even below €1,300 on the east coast. Fares at this price are available well into 2021.

Info

Currently, you cannot enter the USA as a European tourist. We do not know until when this travel ban will be kept in place, so we recommend booking these flights for 2021, and directly on KLM’s website.

Here are some of the US-cities, that we found at discounted prices:

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You will usually fly to Amsterdam with KLM, and then continue to the USA, either with KLM or with Delta. Some destinations, such as Las Vegas, require a second layover in the USA, usually in a Delta-hub (e.g. Minneapolis, Detroit, Atlanta).

Warning

We expect major shakeups in the airline industry over the following months. Some services might be cancelled, aircraft changed or downgraded. The schedule we describe was planned under different economic circumstances and may very well change.

By the way, this isn’t our only business class deal from Luxembourg:

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The fare rules state that this offer expires on June 30, 2020. The minimum stay is of one night from Saturday to Sunday. The outbound flight must be from Tuesday to Thursday, while the flight back has to take place from Monday to Wednesday.

We recommend using Google Flights (instructions) to find suitable flight dates. We strongly recommend booking directly with the airlines to benefit from their current cancellation and rebooking policies.

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 to book with the airlines directly. There are two main reasons for that:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Mileage

The flights between Luxembourg and Paris are issued in booking class J, while the long-haul flights are issued in booking class Z. A roundtrip to New York should get you:

  • 16,930 on Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
  • 16,530 on Alitalia MileMiglia
  • 15,400 on Aeromexico Club Premier
  • 15,400 on China Eastern Eastern Miles
  • 15,310 on Delta SkyMiles
  • 13,680 on China Southern Sky Pearl Club
  • 11,480 on GOL Aéreos Smiles
  • 11,480 on Air Europa Club
  • 11,480 on MEA Cedar Miles
  • 11,170 on Xiamen Airlines Egret Club
  • 10,580 on Czech Airlines OK Plus
  • 10,580 on Aeroflot Bonus
  • 10,380 on China Airlines Dynasty Flyer
  • 10,330 on Aerolineas Argentinas Plus
  • 10,080 on Saudia Alfursan
  • 9,670 on Vietnam Golden Lotus Plus
  • 9,570 on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
  • 9,570 on Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles
  • 9,570 on Korean Air Skypass
Data provided by wheretocredit.com. Without guarantee on correctness.
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)

Currency

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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