Oneworld partners British Airways and American Airlines offer first class flights to US cities from London. You can travel to many US cities from January to February 2024. The cheapest place to go nonstop is Chicago starting at £2,255 (~€2,632) with departure from London.
All fares include three checked bags (32 kg each), access to the First lounge at Heathrow and a first class flight across the pond. Many itineraries include a short American Airlines domestic first class flight.
You can nonstop travel to the following cities:
- Chicago for £2,255 (~€2,632)
- Philadelphia for £2,262 (~€2,640)
- Seattle for £2,272 (~€2,651)
- New York for £2,343 (~€2,734)
- Mexico City for £2,545 (~€2,970)
If you don’t mind taking a domestic flight before or after your First Class experience, the list of destinations is even broader:
- Austin for €2,348
- Portland, Oregon for €2,416
- Pittsburgh for €2,416
- Nashville for €2,416
- San José for €2,416
- Birmingham, Alabama for €2,416
- Memphis for €2,416
- Houston for €2,427
- Atlanta for €2,495
- New Orleans for €2,495
- Fort Myers for €2,700
Our availability calendar preview all possible flight dates for the nonstop connections. To find available dates, you can use our search box which will also lead you to BA’s website. Availability for all destinations is limited to January and February 2024.
You can save roughly €200 when starting your journey on Jersey instead of London.
You will always cross the Atlantic first. On many routes, you can choose between American Airlines and British Airways. Where you need a connection, you would fly one of American Airlines’ domestic or regional jets in domestic first class. Compared to European short-haul business class, US carriers offer a much better hard product (2-2 recliner seats), but a bit inferior soft product.
British Airways First Class
British Airways’ first class is not as glamorous as its Middle Eastern or Asian competitors. On the other hand, it’s often offered for prices that are not very far from what others charge for business class. All tickets include a 3x 32 kg baggage allowance, access to first class lounges (where available) and exquisite catering.
The seats are 1.98 m long and also more spacious than those in the new business class Club Suite. However, there are only doors in the latest product on board a few of the Boeing 777 planes. Depending on the type of aircraft, the cabin consists of 8 to 14 first class seats.
You can find relevant reviews below:
- Review of British Airways’ first class in a Boeing 787 at One Mile at a Time
- Review of British Airways’ first class in an Airbus A380 at You have been upgraded
- Review of British Airways’ first class in an Airbus A380 at The Points Guy
American Airlines First Class
At American Airlines, there is only a real first class named Flagship First in the Boeing 777-300. The alignment is like in business class (1-2-1) and otherwise, the seat is (unfortunately) more reminiscent of a good business class, but at least it is a lot more spacious. The swivel function of the seat is quite unique so that you can look straight ahead through the window during the flight.
Especially the soft product still has a lot of room for improvement. Here are a few relevant reviews:
- Review of American Airlines’ First Class in a Boeing 777 at One Mile at a Time
- Review of American Airlines’ First Class in a Boeing 777 at God Save the Points
- Review of American Airlines’ First Class in a Boeing 777 at Travel Codex
Search & Book
The promotion will expire on March 21, 2023 for travel in January and February 2024. You need to spend six nights or a Saturday night at your destination, but not more than a year.
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 two main reasons for that:
Better Customer Service
In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airline 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 information like flight changes instead of receiving them directly from the airline. In many cases, you may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem-solving.
This especially applies to 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 and Other Fees
Economy fares not including hold luggage are industry standard by now. 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.
This also applies to other things like food services, insurances or priority treatment. In almost all cases, you pay less for additional amenities when booking on the airlines’ website.
British Airways issues long-haul flights in booking class A and US domestic first class in booking class J. This is what you would get for a flight to Nashville with a connection in Chicago. (Tip: select an AA flight with a BA code-share, so it counts as a BA flight if you’d like to get Oneworld Sapphire)
- 37,478 Award Miles + 21,710 Elite Qualifying Miles on Alaska Mileage Plan
- 35,020 Points on Finnair Plus
- 20,736 Avios + 1,300 Elite Points on Iberia Plus
- 19,710 Avios on Aer Lingus AerClub
- 13,876 Avios + 120 Qpoints on Qatar Privilege Club
- 13,466 Miles on Royal Air Maroc Safar Flyer
- 13,056 AsiaMiles + 170 Club Points on Asia Miles
- 13,056 Miles on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
- 13,056 Miles on SriLankan FlySmiLes
- 12,852 Points + 24 Elite Points on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 11,826 Miles on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- 11,826 Award Miles on LATAM Pass
- 9,550 Avios + 500 Tier Points on British Airways Executive Club
- 9,308 Miles on American AAdvantage
- 1,436 Award Miles on Etihad Guest
- 1,230 Miles on GOL Aéreos Smiles
To calculate your exact mileage, you can use our mileage calculator below or our status calculator.
Hotel prices in US cities usually start at roughly €100, depending on the location and hotel category. Whichever category and hotel you opt for, make sure to get the best price! Our recommendation is to search on booking.com, or even on our own Travel-Dealz hotel search:
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.
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:
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