Airline alliance SkyTeam has a business class sale going for flights between Madrid 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 €1,200 to some destinations, such as San Francisco and Seattle. Fares at this price can be found for flights until early 2022. The availability, however, is not extraordinarily good, so you shouldn’t wait too long before booking.
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:
- San Francisco: €1,162
- Seattle: €1,162
- Washington DC/Baltimore: €1,172
- Houston: €1,172
- Fort Lauderdale: €1,188
- Dallas: €1,188
- Boston: €1,194
- Philadelphia: €1,206
- Daytona Beach: €1,208
- Los Angeles/Ontario: €1,210
- New York: €1,215
- Chicago: €1,216
- Denver: €1,228
- San Diego: €1,231
- Phoenix: €1,282
- Austin: €1,315
- New Orleans: €1,374
- St. Louis: €1,374
- Charleston, SC: €1,425
- Nashville: €1,425
- Savannah: €1,442
- Asheville: €1,442
- Las Vegas: €1,443
- Myrtle Beach: €1,489
Almost all flights have two layovers – either you first fly to Amsterdam/Paris and then have one layover in the USA, or you fly directly from Madrid to New York with Delta and then have a second layover in the USA before flying to your final destination.
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.
By the way, this isn’t our only business class deal from Madrid:
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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 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 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:
- 16,936 Miles on Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
- 16,536 Miles on Alitalia MileMiglia
- 15,406 Miles on Aeromexico Club Premier
- 15,406 Miles on China Eastern Eastern Miles
- 15,316 Award Miles + 12,900 MQM on Delta SkyMiles
- 13,684 Miles on China Southern Sky Pearl Club
- 11,488 Miles on GOL Aéreos Smiles
- 11,488 Miles on Air Europa Club
- 11,488 Miles on MEA Cedar Miles
- 11,178 Miles on Xiamen Airlines Egret Club
- 10,584 Miles on Czech Airlines OK Plus
- 10,584 Miles on Aeroflot Bonus
- 10,384 Miles on China Airlines Dynasty Flyer
- 10,334 Miles on Aerolineas Argentinas Plus
- 10,084 Miles on Saudia Alfursan
- 9,670 Miles on Vietnam Golden Lotus Plus
- 9,572 Miles on Korean Air Skypass
- 9,572 Miles on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 9,572 Miles on Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles
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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