Chicago: €309 Non-Stop American Airlines Flights from Barcelona in April (€429 with Luggage)

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You can currently fly non-stop from Barcelona to Chicago (and back, of course) for only €309 in April. This price, however, only includes hand luggage. Bringing 23 kg of checked luggage on your trip will raise the price to €429, which is still a very good price for non-stop flights to the windy city. While the tickets are (for whatever reason) sold at that cheapest price by Finnair, the flights are operated by American Airlines.

Our calendar displays all the cheapest dates and will redirect you to Finnair’s booking site, where you’ll get the cheapest price:

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American Airlines only offers these non-stop flights between Chicago and Barcelona in its winter schedule. This year, a Boeing 787 is planned for this route, offering a 3-3-3 economy class (2-3-2 in the last two rows) with on-demand video screens and power sockets to charge your devices. The flights take about 9 hours.

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This deal expires on April 22, 2024. It is limited to flights departing between Monday and Thursday (though, we’ve found some exceptions) and you need to spend at least one Sunday in the USA before flying back.

From what we can see on Google Flights (and our own calendar above), these cheap prices can only be found on the first month of the summer schedule, i.e. in April. Later in the year, these flights cost over twice as much. You can get the cheapest price on Finnair’s website.

Mileage

Finnair issues these tickets as Finnair flights, issued in booking class O. That would mean that the entire round-trip should get you:

  • 4,408 Miles on Alaska Mileage Plan
  • 4,408 Points + 12 Elite Points on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
  • 2,204 Avios + 40 Tier Points on British Airways Executive Club
  • 2,204 Avios + 20 Qpoints on Qatar Privilege Club
  • 2,204 Avios + 180 Elite Points on Iberia Plus
  • 2,204 Miles on American AAdvantage
  • 2,204 Miles on Royal Air Maroc Safar Flyer
  • 2,204 Miles on SriLankan FlySmiLes
  • 2,204 Miles on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
  • 1,326 Points on Finnair Plus
Data provided by miles.travel-dealz.com. Without guarantee on correctness.

Destination

Information & Tips for Chicago

Chicago is the third largest city in the USA with about 2.7 million inhabitants and an important economic and cultural center. The city attracts about 55 million visitors every year and has a lot to offer in terms of tourism.

Best Time to Visit

The best weather for tourists is in May, June, September and October. Summers can become very hot and humid, winters are often associated with snow storms and double-digit temperatures below zero.

Climate diagram for Chicago, Illinois (Source: WMO World Weather Information Service)

From the Airport to the City Center

Two commercial airports serve the metropolitan area of Chicago, the larger Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Chicago Midway International Airport (DCA). Long-haul flights are serviced by ORD, which is also a hub for Star Alliance carrier United Airlines and Oneworld carrier American Airlines. MDW mainly serves domestic flights and is Southwest’s hub.

Chicago O’Hare Intl. Airport

By CTA train (Blue Line, journey time 35 – 50 minutes) the journey from the airport to the city costs $5, in the other direction only $2.25. A taxi costs – depending on traffic – between $40 and $50, Uber and Lyft are slightly cheaper. The journey time can vary between 30 and 60 minutes.

Chicago Midway Intl. Airport

This airport can also be reached by CTA train (Orange Line, travel time 25 minutes, same prices as ORD). Taxis take about 30 minutes and cost $30 to $40, Uber and Lyft are slightly cheaper.

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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 approximately €20, 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.

Finding the Best eSIM Plan

We’ve compared various eSIM providers, such as Knowroaming and Ubigi. To see which plan is best for your travel needs, and which network offers the best coverage, feel free to read our detailed guide:

The Best eSIM Plans for the USA 🇺🇸 Compared

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