New York: £1,069/€1,230 SkyTeam Business Class from the United Kingdom in Early 2024

KLM Business 777

SkyTeam members Air France, Delta Air Lines, KLM and Virgin Atlantic have recently started a sale of discounted business class tickets from various UK airports to New York. Prices are cheapest for departures from Inverness at €1,230 (~£1,037), while flights from other airports are a little more expensive. You can even fly nonstop from London or Manchester for just €1,500.

Despite Air France and KLM recently introducing business class light fares, these tickets include two checked bags and lounge access.

You can fly from the following airports:

Our availability calendar highlights possible flight dates from Inverness, London and Manchester at the lowest price for trips up to 28 days. It will forward you to KLM’s website with your selected flight dates.

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Nonstop flights are available from Manchester and London, operated by either Virgin Atlantic or Delta Air Lines. Flights from other British airports take you to Amsterdam or Paris first, with Air France or KLM handling long-haul duties.

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According to the fare rules, tickets are on sale for this price until May 30, 2023 for departures between January and March 2024. A minimum stay of night from Saturday to Sunday in necessary to get the lowest price.

Google Flights helps you find additional flight dates. We recommend purchasing premium tickets directly from the involved airlines, like KLM.

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.

Mileage

Long-haul segments are booking class Z, with mileage depending on marketing and operating airline. This example covers a trip from Inverness to New York sold and operated by KLM:

  • 16,932 Award Miles + 240 Tier Points on Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
  • 16,540 RDM + 2,482 MQD on Delta SkyMiles
  • 12,406 Miles on MEA Cedar Miles
  • 11,582 Miles on Aeromexico Club Premier
  • 10,582 Miles on Aerolíneas Argentinas AerolíneasPlus
  • 10,582 Miles on CSA OK Plus
  • 10,338 Miles on Saudia Alfursan
  • 10,338 Miles on Vietnam Airlines Lotusmiles
  • 10,338 Miles on Korean Air Skypass
  • 10,338 Miles on Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles
  • 10,338 Miles on GOL Aéreos Smiles
  • 10,338 Miles on Air Europa Suma
  • 10,338 Award Miles on Etihad Guest
  • 10,338 Miles on ITA Volare
  • 8,270 Points on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
  • 3,600 Award Miles + 90 XP on Flying Blue
Data provided by miles.travel-dealz.com. Without guarantee on correctness.

A nonstop trip with Delta yields the following mileage:

  • 13,768 Award Miles + 200 Tier Points on Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
  • 11,078 Miles on Xiamen Airlines Egret Club
  • 10,326 Miles on Saudia Alfursan
  • 10,326 Miles on LATAM Pass
  • 10,326 Miles on ITA Volare
  • 8,606 Miles on Aeromexico Club Premier
  • 8,606 Miles on Air Europa Suma
  • 8,606 Miles on CSA OK Plus
  • 8,606 Miles on Korean Air Skypass
  • 7,006 RDM + 1,402 MQD on Delta SkyMiles
  • 6,884 Award Miles + 48 XP on Flying Blue
  • 6,884 Miles on Aerolíneas Argentinas AerolíneasPlus
  • 6,884 Miles on China Airlines Dynasty Flyer
  • 6,884 Miles on Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles
  • 6,884 Miles on MEA Cedar Miles
  • 6,884 Miles on Vietnam Airlines Lotusmiles
Data provided by miles.travel-dealz.com. Without guarantee on correctness.

You can find out your accrual with our Mileage Calculator:

Destination

Hotel prices in New York usually start at roughly €140, depending on the 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.

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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Information & Tips for New York

It is THE dream destination in the USA. The 5 districts of New York City offer more than any other metropolis in the world. And due to the high number of flights to New York, it is usually the cheapest way to get to the USA.

The Best Time to Travel

The best travel time with moderate temperatures is from April to June and from September to November. Summers can bring heat waves with high humidity. Winters are often snowy and very cold.

Climate diagram for New York City, New York (Source: WMO World Weather Information Service)

From the airport to the city

New York City is served by three commercial airports: John F. Kennedy Intl. Airport in Queens (probably the most famous), Newark Intl. Airport in Newark, New Jersey (which is not located in NYC, but serves the metropolitan area just like the others) and LaGuardia Airport also in Queens (which is closest to the city).

John F. Kennedy Intl. Airport

Public transport: From Manhattan by subway or LIRR to Jamaica (price varies from $2.75 – $10.00), continue with AirTrain to JFK ($8). Travel time 45 – 60 minutes.

Taxi: To Manhattan $62.50 (+ $5.50 toll), 45 – 90 minutes depending on traffic.

Newark Intl. Airport

Public transport: Almost $20 with a combination of AirTrain Newark and NJ Transit to Penn Station. Almost 45 minutes drive.

Taxi: To Manhattan $50 – $70 (+ $8 toll), journey time 35 – 60 minutes depending on traffic.

LaGuardia Airport

Public transport: LaGuardia is only served by buses, these are slow and don’t have much space to store luggage, but with $2,75 they are very cheap.

Taxi: To Manhattan $20 – $30, journey time 15 – 30 minutes depending on traffic.

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