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Whenever I fly from Europe to the US, I normally have a very tight schedule and need to pick flights that will get me there quickly. However, an upcoming trip gives me some leeway so I looked for different options. What I found is my new favorite route from Europe to the US!
My New Favorite Route from Europe to the US
There are certainly many options for travel from Europe to the US, including some that are a little unconventional (like this one written about by One Mile at a Time). Since I have my own system for combatting jetlag on such trips, I normally like a trip that will let me have some hours in the air so that I can sleep pretty much from takeoff.
My Normal Preferred Route
This has normally meant flying through Istanbul on Turkish Airlines and leaving out on their early morning flight from Istanbul to JFK. It departs at 6:45am and arrives at 10:45am in New York (11 hours) – perfect for getting on US time quickly. It also helps that Turkish’s business class is pretty good!
But, I wanted to try something different. Also, I did not want to use miles. The reason is that fall flights from Greece to the US are normally cheap enough that using miles is a really bad value (below a penny per mile after taking taxes into account). I wanted something interesting, preferably in a cabin I have not flown before.
Going the LOONG Way!
It is actually possible to purchase business class tickets from Athens to the US on Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar that go through each of their hubs. That is certainly a long trip and the business class prices are much cheaper than if you started out of the hubs. But, paying the $1,600 for the one-way business class tickets was much more than I wanted to spend so I kept looking.
My New Favorite Route – Europe to the US
Finally, I took advantage of a weekend sale that Qatar Airways was running and put together a roundtrip ticket that included business class going to the US and economy returning to Greece. By doing this, I was able to chop off several hundreds of dollars on a roundtrip business ticket and even hundreds of dollars off a one-way business class ticket. The return timetable does not work for me so I do not plan on using it anyway.
So, my new favorite route is Athens – Doha – New York which is a total distance of 8,500 miles and will give me a long-haul flight on Qatar’s new A350 in business class (14 hours) while also helping me to earn almost 20,000 AA miles as an EXP flyer.
Why is this my new favorite when I haven’t even flown it yet? Because there have been many wonderful reports of their A350 business class product and it gives me plenty of time to sleep as well as work and arrive in New York at 9am ready to get a full day in. It also lets me leave Greece at almost 9PM the night before so I get a full day in there as well.
All in all, I am really excited to try this new route (to me) from Europe the US, especially since it ticks all the right boxes for my route preferences:
- Good business class
- Long-haul for maximum sleep
- Great departure and arrival times
In the end, this ticket was under $1,000 which is a pretty decent deal for business class on Qatar Airways to the US. Also, it gives me exactly what I was looking for in a flight so I am pretty happy about that!
Have you ever flown to the US from Europe via the Middle East? What airline and cabin did you like the best?
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