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Getting To Europe

First things first,  you’ll need to determine your transportation to go to Europe. These days going by plane is the most practical way to travel to Europe from the US, as it has the most benefits.

1. Less time to get there.

2. Lower cost.

3. You’ll be able to depart from a major airport near you.

4. You can arrive at an airport at your end destination or very close to it. This is also true for departing from Europe back to the US.

If you can obsoletely not fly, you can be possibly take an ocean liner which will take 6 days to get there. These days only ➾ Cunard is the offering a transatlantic crossing from New York to Southampton, UK several times a year. However, some cruise lines that operate in the Caribbean during the winter months operate in Europe during the summer. That means they make a transatlantic crossing twice a year with reduced rates. To monitor these low cost fares and when they become available, go to ➾ Cruisewatch.com

Your Flying Options…

It always a good idea to find a non-stop flight because getting connecting flights could lead to delays and long layovers. While non-stop flights are longer, the combine time spent traveling to your final destination with stops & connections will be longer. Connections can easily lead to delays, your plane could arrive late missing your connecting plane or the connecting plane may be cancelled. Any of these delays could be from bad weather, strong head wind, equipment or air traffic controls problems. Your bags get handled one more time adding  more wear and tear, not to say that your bags may not get to your final destination when you do or, the other way around. The small additional cost is worth every extra penny. 

Take off from Copenhagen

Find all major US airports that have scheduled non-stop flights to the major airports airports in Europe at the Non-Stop Flights Page.

Locate major airports in Europe for your best travel options Airports in Europe page.

Why spend your time waiting in an airport for hours when you can be spending more time at your Europe destination.  The largest airport hub in Europe is London, followed by Frankfurt, Paris, Madrid, Brussels and Amsterdam which have connections to almost everywhere in Europe.

International airlines that fly non-stop from US cities to Europe…​

Aer Lingus

Flag carrying airline of Ireland. Scheduled airline and full-service carrier
Official web site: https://www.aerlingus.com/html/en-US/home.html

Frequent Flyer Program: AerClub / Avios

Hub: DUB Dublin Airport
IATA code EI
ICAO code EIN
Baggage policy
Web check in
Founded Ireland 1936

Air France

Flag carrying airline of France. Scheduled airline and full-service carrier
SkyTeam member
Official web site: https://wwws.airfrance.us

Frequent Flyer Program: Flying Blue

Hubs: CDG Paris-Charles De Gaulle, ORY Paris-Orly
IATA code AF
ICAO code AFR
Baggage policy
Web check in
Founded France 1933

American Airlines

Major US scheduled airline with full-service
oneworld member
Official web site: https://www.aa.com/homePage.do

Frequent Flyer Program: AAdvantage

Hubs: DFW Dallas-Ft. Worth, ORD Chicago-O’Hare, CLT Charlotte, LAX Los Angeles, MIA Miami, JFK New York, PHL Philadelphia, PHX Phoenix
IATA code AA
ICAO code AAL
Baggage policy
Web check in
Mobile check in

Founded United States 1926

Austrian Airlines

Flag Carrier airline of Austria. Scheduled airline and full service carrier. Parent company Lufthansa

Star Alliance member

Official web site:

http://www.austrian.com/us/en/homepage

Frequent Flyer Program: Miles & More

Hubs: Vienna Airport
IATA code OS
ICAO code AUA
Baggage policy
Web check in
Mobile check in
Founded Austria 1923

British Airways

Flag carrying airline of the United Kingdom. Scheduled airline and full-service carrier
oneworld member
Official web site: https://www.britishairways.com/travel/home/public/en_us/

Frequent Flyer Program: Executive Club / Avios

Hubs: LHR London-Heathrow, LGW London Gatwick
IATA code BA
ICAO code BAW
Baggage policy
Web check in
Mobile check in
Founded United Kingdom 1974

Brussels Airlines

Flag carrying airline of Austria. Scheduled airline and full-service carrier
Star Alliance memeber
Official web site: https://www.austrian.com/us/en/homepage

Frequent Flyer Program: Miles & More

Hub: BRU Brussels Airport
IATA code SN
ICAO code BEL
Baggage policy
Web check in
Founded Belgium 2006

Condor Flugdienst

Scheduled Airline and full-service carrier
Official web site: https://www.condor.com/us

Frequent Flyer Program: Alaska Mileage Plan

Hub: FRA Frankfurt Airport
IATA code DE
ICAO code CFG
Baggage policy
Web check in
Mobile check in
Founded Germany 1955

Delta Airlines

Major US scheduled airline and full-service carrier
SkyTeam member
Official web site:
https://www.delta.com

Frequent Flyer Program: SkyMiles

Hubs: ATL Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson, JFK New York, MSP Minneapolis, DTW Detroit, SEA Seattle-Tacoma
IATA code DL
ICAO code DAL
Baggage policy
Web check in
Mobile check in
Founded United States 1924

Edelweiss Airlines

Swiss leisure airline operating flights to European and intercontinental destinations from Zürich Airport
Official web site:
https://www.flyedelweiss.com/DE/Pages/home.aspx

Frequent Flyer Program: none

Hubs: ZRH Zürich Airport
IATA code WK
ICAO code EDW
Baggage policy
Web check in
Mobile check in
Founded Switzerland 1995

Eurowings Discover

German leisure airline owned by Lufthansa operating flights to European and intercontinental destinations
Official web site:
https://discover.aero/en/

Frequent Flyer Program: Miles & More

Hubs: FRA Frankfurt Airport, MUC Munich Airport
IATA code 4Y
ICAO code OCN
Baggage policy
Web check in
Founded German 2021

Finnair

Flag carrying airline of Finland. Scheduled airline and full-service carrier
oneworld member
Official web site:
https://www.finnair.com/us-en

Frequent Flyer Program: Finnair Plus

Hub: HEL Helsinki-Vantaa Airport
IATA code AY
ICAO code FIN
Baggage policy
Web check in
Mobile check in
Founded Finland 1923

Iberia Airlines

Flag carrying airline of Spain. Scheduled airline and full-service carrier
oneworld member
Official web site:
https://www.iberia.com/us

Frequent Flyer Program: Iberia Plus / Avios

Hub: MAD Madrid Barajas Airport
IATA code IB
ICAO code IBE
Baggage policy
Web check in
Mobile check in
Founded Spain 1927

Icelandair

Flag carrying airline of Iceland. Scheduled airline and full-service carrier
Official web site:
https://www.icelandair.com

Frequent Flyer Program: Saga Club

Hub: KEF Keflavik Intl. Airport
IATA code FI
ICAO code ICE
Baggage policy
Web check in
Mobile check in
Founded Iceland 1937

ITA Airlines

State-owned Flag carrying airline of Italy. Scheduled airline and full-service carrier Sky Team Member
Official web site:
https://www.ita-airways.com

Frequent Flyer Program: Volare

Hub: Rome-Fiummicino
IATA code AZ
ICAO code ITY
Baggage policy
Web check in
Mobile check in
Founded Italy 2021

Jet Blue Airlines

Major American low-cost airline and full-service carrier
No member
Official web site:
https://www.jetblue.com

Frequent Flyer Program: TrueBlue

Hubs: BOS Boston, LAX Los Angeles, JFK New York-Kennedy, MCO Orlando
IATA code B6
ICAO code JBU
Baggage policy
Web check in
Founded United States 2000

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

Flag carrying airline of the Netherlands. Scheduled airline and full-service carrier
SkyTeam member
Official web site: https://www.klm.us

Frequent Flyer Program: Flying Blue

Hub: AMS Amsterdam Schiphol
IATA code KL
ICAO code KLM
Baggage policy
Web check in
Mobile check in
Founded Netherlands 1919

Lot Polish

Flag carrying airline of Poland. Scheduled airline and full-service carrier
Star Alliance member
Official web site: https://www.lot.com/us/en/

Frequent Flyer Program: Miles & More

Hub: WAR Warsaw Chopin Airport
IATA code LO
ICAO code LOT
Baggage policy
Web check in
Mobile check in

Founded Poland 1929

Lufthansa

Flag carrying airline of Germany. Scheduled airline and full-service carrier
Star Alliance member
Official web site:
https://www.lufthansa.com/us/en/homepage

Frequent Flyer Program: Miles & More

Hubs: FRA Frankfurt, MUC Munich-
IATA code LH
ICAO code DLH
Baggage policy
Web check in
Founded Germany 1953

SAS Scandinavian

Flag carrying airline of Denmark, Norway & Sweden. Scheduled airline and full-service carrier
Star Alliance member
Official web site:
https://www.flysas.com/us-en/

Frequent Flyer Program: EuroBonus

Hubs: CPH Copenhagen Airport, OSL Oslo Gardermoen, ARN Stockholm Arlanda
IATA code SK
ICAO code SAS
Baggage policy
Web check in
Mobile check in
Founded Sweden 1946

Swiss International Airlines

Flag carrying airline of Switzerland. Scheduled airline and full-service carrier
Star Alliance member
Official web site:
https://www.swiss.com/ch/en

Frequent Flyer Program: Miles & More

Hub: ZRH Zürich Airport
IATA code LX
ICAO code SWR
Baggage policy
Web check in
Mobile check in
Founded Switzerland 1923

TAP Portugal

Flag carrying airline of Portugal. Scheduled airline and full-service carrier
Star Alliance member
Official web site:
https://www.flytap.com/en-us/

Frequent Flyer Program: TAP Miles & Go

Hubs: LIS Lisbon Portela Airport, OPO Porto Airport
IATA code NI
ICAO code PGA
Baggage policy
Web check in
Mobile check in
Founded Portugal 1923

Turkish Airlines

Flag carrying airline of Turkey. Scheduled airline and full-service carrier
Star Alliance member
Official web site:
https://www.turkishairlines.com

Frequent Flyer Program: Miles & Smiles

Hubs: IST Istanbul International, ADB Izmir AdnanMenderes
IATA code TK
ICAO code THY
Baggage policy
Web check in
Mobile check in

Founded Turkey 1933

United Airlines

Major US scheduled airline with full service
Star Alliance member
Official web site:
https://www.united.com/en/us

Frequent Flyer Program: Mileage Plus

Hubs: ORD Chicago O’Hare, DEN Denver, IAH Houston-Bush, SFO San Francisco, EWR Newark, IAD Washington-Dulles
IATA code UA
ICAO code UAL
Baggage policy
Web check in
Mobile check in

Founded United States 1926

Virgin Atlantic

Scheduled UK airline and full-service carrier

SkyTeam member
Official web site: https://www.virginatlantic.com/us/en

Frequent Flyer Program: Flying Club

Hubs: LHR London Heathrow, MAN Manchester
IATA code VS
ICAO code VIR
Baggage policy
Web check in
Mobile check in
Founded United Kingdom 1984

The following airlines also have limited non-stop flights to several US locations. Please confirm schedules as most have seasonal flights only to selected cities.

Airline Class Levels…

Service and Comfort Offerings by Class

Airlines offer several levels of service and comfort when flying. Economy tickets are the lowest cost with First Class the most expensive. So what are the differences for each class? While the level of services may vary a little from one airline to the next, the breakout below is a general comparison. This is for International flights only, as these vary in levels of service from their counterparts on US domestic flights.

FIRST CLASS

Long-haul First Class is found on international/long-haul routes. This class of service offers more comfort and amenities than Long-haul Business Class, which usually include:

  • 10-30 extra inches of seat pitch (legroom) compared to Business Class
  • 1-2 extra inches of seat width compared to Business Class
  • More degrees of recline compared to Business Class
  • Electric seat controls to adjust recline position, legrest and lumbar support
  • Seats can be either recliner, angle lie-flat, flat bed or suites.
  • Larger personal TV screens and more viewing options
  • Laptop Power Ports
  • Premium Food and Wine Service
  • More privacy due to smaller cabin size
  • Increased cabin staff to passenger ratio
  • Amenity kits including pajamas, slippers, eye masks and toiletries

Business CLASS

Business Class is found mostly on international routes and planes that are configured for long-haul travel. This class of service offers significantly more comfort and amenities than standard Economy, Premium Economy, and Domestic First Class, which usually include:

  • Double the seat pitch (legroom) compared to Economy
  • 2-3 extra inches of seat width compared to Economy
  • More degrees of recline compared to Economy
  • Electric seat controls to adjust recline position, legrest and lumbar support
  • Larger personal TV screens and more viewing options
  • Laptop Power Ports
  • Premium Food and Wine Service
  • Increased cabin staff to passenger ratio
  • Amenity kits including socks, eye masks and toiletries

premium economy

Some airline carriers offer Premium Economy, a separate class of seating and service, that differs from standard Economy. Premium Economy is found mostly on international flights and, compared to standard Economy, offers about 5-7 inches of extra legroom as well as additional amenities, which can include:

  • 1-2 extra inches of seat width
  • 2-3 extra inches of seat recline
  • Adjustable headrests, legrests, or lumbar support
  • Larger personal TV screens
  • Laptop Power Ports
  • Premium Food Service

economy class

Economy or as some in the travel industry call it coach is where you will find the lowest fares. Always read your charges carefully before booking as there may be additional charges that you do not incur with the other classes. Baggage fees and limitations, additional seat charge, etc. Always read your charges carefully before booking. Many airlines offer an ECONOMY PLUS ticket with seats in the first several rows of the economy cabin. Upgrade benefits are slightly more leg room, earlier boarding and some tickets may be refundable.

  • Standard seats with limited reclining pitch and additional leg room
  • Normally 10 to 8 seats to a row
  • First rows of the economy cabin or divider from economy
  • Last area to board and usually disembark
  • 1 checked bag up to 50 lbs. no charge ( Domestic flights may incur a fee for checked 1 bag)

Basic ECONOMY

Some airlines sell discounted Economy seats. Seats are only assigned when checking in at the airport. These tickets have on upgrade benefits and are non-refundable.

  • Lowest ticket cost
  • Standard seats with limited reclining pitch
  • Normally 10 to 8 seats to a row
  • Shared services with economy
  • 1 check bag up to 50 lbs. no charge ( Domestic flights will incur a fee for checked 1 bag)
  • Additional fee based on first come first serve basis

To confirm exact benefits for each class, contact the operating airline directly. To look at a complete seat map for a particular airline and flight go to » SEAT GURU.com. There you can see the cabin and seat arrangements for all airline flights.

Airline Alliances…

Airlines have created alliances that may add benefits to travelers, especially those who prefer to use a particular airline. Airlines will codeshare flights so travelers can fly on routes their preferred carrier doesn’t fly. You want to fly on a route your normal airline doesn’t fly you may book that flight on your airlines web site. You want to book a flight on American Airlines that has no scheduled flights to your destination but, British Airways in their alliance does. You book the ticket on the American Airlines web site but, you will be flying on a British Airways operated plane.

Common in the airline industry is the codeshare agreement between airlines. This allows two or more airlines to publish and sell the same flight under their own airline designator and flight number on their schedule. Code-sharing in the airline industry gives you a wider selection of flights while traveling in different areas of the globe. This also allows you to earn or use your regular airlines points with any other partner airline within the alliance.

SKY TEAM

Aerolineas Agentinas
Aeroméxico
Air Europa
Air France
China Airlines
China Eastern Airlines
Czech Airlines
Delta Air Lines
Garuda Indonesia
ITA Airways
Kenya Airways
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Korean Air
MEA – Middle East Airlines
Saudia
Tarom
Vietnam Airlines
XiamenAir

Star Alliance

Aegean Airlines
Air Canada
Air China
Air India
Air New Zealand
ANA-All Nippon Airways
Asiana Airlines
Austrian Airlines
Avianca Airlines
Brussels Airlines
Copa Airlines
Croatia Airlines
Egypt Air
Ethiopian Air
EVA Air
LOT Polish Airline
Lufthansa
SAS-Scandinavian
Shenzhen Airlines
Singapore Airlines
South African Airlines
Swiss Airlines
TAP Air Portugal
Thai Airways
Turkish Airlines
United Airlines

ONE WORLD

Alaska Airlines
American Airlines
British Airlines
Cathay Pacific
Finnair
Iberia
JAL – Japan Airlines
Malaysia Airlines
Quantas
Qatar
Royal Air Maroc
Royal Jordanian
Sri Lankan Airlines
Fiji Airways (one world connect)
Oman Air (future memner)