At Travel-Dealz we regularly present you with good offers for business class flights to North America. Attractive prices in first class, on the other hand, are rare.
Currently, however, there is a good Oneworld offer from several German airports. Flights to New York are available from €2,270. Other destinations such as Philadelphia are possible for a slightly higher price.
The long-haul flight is either operated by British Airways or American Airlines. British Airways’ first class is by no means the top product in the industry and is sometimes ridiculed as the best business class in the world. Nevertheless, you get to sit in a very comfortable seat, can bring 3 x 32 kg of luggage, eat good food and experience an exclusive product on the ground with the Concorde Room in London.
The tickets can be rebooked without having to pay a fee, but you’ll have to pay the price difference, which will probably be extremely high.
You can simply select your preferred route and travel dates on our calendar and then be forwarded directly to British Airways’ booking site. Please note that the price is only available from November to March 2023 (depending a bit on the destination):
The cheapest destinations of this offer are:
- New York for €2,270
- Philadelphia for €2,332
- Boston for €2,332
- Atlanta for €2,532
- Detroit for €2,538
- Houston for €2,579
- Miami for €2,591
- Dallas for €2,632
- Las Vegas for €2,738
- possibly others…
You can start from Hamburg, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Stuttgart, Frankfurt & Munich. The prices differ only by a few euros due to different taxes & fees.
The feeder flights from Germany to Great Britain are usually carried out with Airbus jets operated by British Airways. They only have a business class – with a free middle seat & catering, but in regular economy class seats.
Depending on the destination, you can choose between British Airways and American on long-haul routes. British Airways mainly uses Boeing 777 and Boeing 787 planes. American only has a first class in Boeing 777 planes.
Within the USA, American segments are always in their domestic first class, which offers wide leather armchairs, but in terms of comfort, it is by no means comparable to first class on long-haul routes. We, therefore, recommend that you choose to transfer in Dallas or Los Angeles (if possible) rather than on the East Coast so that you can spend more time in first class for the same price.
Search & Book
The fare rules do not state how long the prices will remain available. We were able to find them from December to March 2023, but they are only displayed very incompletely (sometimes incorrectly) on Google Flights and differ depending on the destination.
The minimum stay requirement is one night from Saturday to Sunday, the upper limit is 12 months. Theoretically, stopovers are allowed for €150 per direction. Booking these flights is apparently only possible directly on British Airways’ website.
The long-haul segments in first class are issued in booking class A. The British Airways mileage table is decisive for the mileage credit – regardless of whether the flight is operated by BA or American. At the British Airways Executive Club, you will be credited with 250% of the distance as Avios. You also get 210 Tier Points per long-haul segment and 40 TP for each remaining flight.
For a trip to New York, you can expect the following mileage credits:
- 34,478 Award Miles + 19,710 Elite Qualifying Miles on Alaska Mileage Plan
- 31,422 Points on Finnair Plus
- 19,710 Avios + 1,300 Elite Points on Iberia Plus
- 19,526 Avios + 500 Tier Points on British Airways Executive Club
- 19,526 Miles on American AAdvantage
- 19,526 Avios on Aer Lingus AerClub
- 11,484 Avios + 104 Qpoints on Qatar Privilege Club
- 11,484 AsiaMiles + 130 Club Points on Asia Miles
- 11,484 Miles on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- 11,484 Award Miles on LATAM Pass
- 11,484 Points + 20 Elite Points on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 11,484 Miles on Royal Air Maroc Safar Flyer
- 11,484 Miles on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
- 11,484 Miles on SriLankan FlySmiLes
Trying to reach a status with these flights? Feel free to use our status calculator to see at which program you should credit these flights, and how far you are from your desired status:
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
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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