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Cheapest Way From The UK To New York?  
User currently offlineajd1992 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (4 years 1 month 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 8746 times:

Evening all,

I'm looking at taking my girlfriend to New York for her 21st birthday (She's 20 this November, so I have about a year and a quarter to plan, book and finalise it all). I've searched around but because of the differing (and mostly overlapping) national holidays and the like of the US and UK, there aren't that many cheap times during the year to go. I know the schedules for late 2011 aren't out yet but if it's cheap enough before her birthday then it's good enough for me. She isn't a big drinker so that's not a problem (and I'll only be 19 so I won't be drinking anyway).

When is the cheapest time to go? Her birthday is the 2nd of November but I'd like to keep it so the weather isn't really bad (I've heard and read horror stories of snowbound airports down the Eastern seaboard and I'd prefer to avoid that for obvious reasons).

It's probably going to be a long weekend so I'm open to any suggestions for dates and prices, although I'd like to keep it under £450-£500 ($700-$800) each return. I'd prefer nonstop as she's quite the fearful flier (not flying, but claustrophobia, so having to get on and off planes is not really going to sit well with her).

Recommendations for lodging (Under £100/$150 per night would be great) and not too far from the main touristy areas.

Thanks a lot, I know I'm asking quite a bit.

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User currently offlineKU747 From Kuwait, joined Mar 2008, 376 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 1 month 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 8729 times:

Quoting ajd1992 (Thread starter):
She isn't a big drinker so that's not a problem (and I'll only be 19 so I won't be drinking anyway).


Your best bet is KU, it is a dry airline and one of the cheapest if not the cheapest from LHR to JFK. They fly 77E and A343.
The weather should be nice in November, no need to worry about snow or very cold climate.



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User currently onlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17066 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (4 years 1 month 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 8702 times:

Quoting ajd1992 (Thread starter):
although I'd like to keep it under £450-£500 ($700-$800) each return



Isnt $700-$800 expensive for a LHR-NY-LHR ticket in November? I got last summer a ARN-LHR-LAX return ticket on BA for $620!



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User currently offlineMaverick623 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 5647 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (4 years 1 month 6 days ago) and read 8691 times:

Quoting B747forever (Reply 2):
Isnt $700-$800 expensive for a LHR-NY-LHR ticket in November?

Not anymore.

Quoting B747forever (Reply 2):
I got last summer a ARN-LHR-LAX return ticket on BA for $620!

Like I said, not anymore  



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User currently offlinefca767 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2006, 1762 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (4 years 1 month 6 days ago) and read 8688 times:

Kuwait is £9000  so I doubt cheap though that is sept lol

User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3005 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (4 years 1 month 6 days ago) and read 8694 times:

I want to take my wife to New York for her birthday next year as well (April). From my experience, the best time to book is January, for any point during that year. Last year LON-NYC was around £350 return on BA, expect a rise (my guess - £400+/-).

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19230 posts, RR: 52
Reply 6, posted (4 years 1 month 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 8672 times:

I am taking my wife to New York for her birthday in December. Luckily for us, we'll already be in the USA and, indeed, only 2 hours from Manhattan.  


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User currently offlineajd1992 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (4 years 1 month 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 8642 times:

Quoting KU747 (Reply 1):

Your best bet is KU, it is a dry airline and one of the cheapest if not the cheapest from LHR to JFK. They fly 77E and A343.
The weather should be nice in November, no need to worry about snow or very cold climate.

That's not to say she doesn't enjoy a good night out on the town though   She's only not drinking because I'm not old enough, and because we're not there for very long. Not much point in ruining a long weekend with 1 day spent lying in bed with a hangover.  

I should have said, I'm closest to Manchester but if it's worth doing then I'm open to it. I hadn't thought of KU actually.

Quoting B747forever (Reply 2):

Isnt $700-$800 expensive for a LHR-NY-LHR ticket in November? I got last summer a ARN-LHR-LAX return ticket on BA for $620!

The cheapest I found was $368 each but I can't book it yet. It's borderline theft at that price but it's far too early in the year.

Quoting fca767 (Reply 4):
Kuwait is £9000 so I doubt cheap though that is sept lol

I found similar but there's cheaper prices if you look.


Quoting signol (Reply 5):
I want to take my wife to New York for her birthday next year as well (April). From my experience, the best time to book is January, for any point during that year. Last year LON-NYC was around £350 return on BA, expect a rise (my guess - £400+/-).

signol

I'll take a look in January then. 350GBP is probably the cheapest I'm going to get, so it's definitely worth waiting for. Where are you looking at staying?


User currently offlineHywel From Uganda, joined Apr 2008, 802 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (4 years 1 month 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 8633 times:

About 2 years ago there was a loophole on LAN.com (also in the Oneworld alliance with British Airways).

They sold tickets for all BA flights, albeit with no fuel surcharge! The loophole existed for about 6 months, during which time I had several amazing deals.

LHR-LAX return for £189
LHR-JFK return for £169
LHR-SEA return for £209

Sadly the loophole closed and I was unable to take advantage again...


User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3005 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (4 years 1 month 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 8624 times:

Quoting ajd1992 (Reply 7):
Where are you looking at staying?

We have a baby with us, who will be 23 months old (so just before his tickets become expensive!) Therefore, we will look for a self-catered holiday appartment, likely to be outside of Manhatten, but there are some I've found in Brooklyn, reasonable areas with easy subway or LIRR access to the centre. I'll do some more research after our upcoming trip in October to South Africa  

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently onlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17066 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (4 years 1 month 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 8596 times:

Quoting Hywel (Reply 8):

Yes I remember how you told me about that loophole. The prices were just amazing. I never managed to book any flight but did you ever have problem when you actually flew?



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User currently offlineHywel From Uganda, joined Apr 2008, 802 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (4 years 1 month 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 8579 times:

Quoting B747forever (Reply 10):
Yes I remember how you told me about that loophole. The prices were just amazing. I never managed to book any flight but did you ever have problem when you actually flew?

No problems at all, despite the tickets being issued on LAN stock so the e-ticket numbers began with code 045.

I was only queried once, it was at the boarding gate at JFK and they asked why I was flying JFK-LHR on a ticket issued by LAN, when I hadn't first taken a connecting flight from Santiago de Chile. They just thought it was strange, I shrugged my shoulders and claimed I'd bought it on Expedia and didn't know what they were talking about.

After 5 months there were hundreds of people starting to book tickets on LAN.com though, and BA tried to block it. However you could continue to trick it for another 2 months by adding a useless (and cheap) domestic leg onto your booking (it didn't have to be related etc. LHR-JFK-LHR and a domestic leg in Chile SCL-CJC-SCL). This added $20 to the booking and enabled you to still save $$$ by not paying the fuel surcharge on the long-haul. This too was stopped though, and now I have to book cheap flights from another partner's website  


User currently offlineKU747 From Kuwait, joined Mar 2008, 376 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (4 years 1 month 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 8572 times:

Quoting B747forever (Reply 2):
Isnt $700-$800 expensive for a LHR-NY-LHR ticket in November? I got last summer a ARN-LHR-LAX return ticket on BA for $620!


That is always the case, fly BA from any European city or middle eastern city to north America would be cheaper than flying from LHR to north America.

Example:
KWI - LAX - KWI on BA First class GBP 6508/-
LHR - LAX - LHR on BA First class GBP 7068/-

Keep in mind that KWI is about 2500 miles (5+ hours of flying) south east of LHR.



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User currently offlinereadytotaxi From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 3262 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (4 years 1 month 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 8546 times:

How about

www.Netflights.com

LHR-JFK in October £808 for 2.



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User currently offlineflykev From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2006, 1382 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (4 years 1 month 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 8450 times:
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Try www.kayak.com
They search lots of airline sites to gte you the best prices.
As a trial run, I found flights from LHR to JFK for £390 with Delta; nonstop.

Kev.



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User currently offlineGrinddalCPH From Denmark, joined Sep 2009, 141 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (4 years 1 month 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 8445 times:

Last year I got a T/R CPH-LHR-JFK on AA for 220£

Doubt ill ever get it that cheap again!

Cheapest I found was LHR-BRU-JFK on JT for 390£

Anyways, try www.momondo.com it is a Danish search engine voted best in the world,

Daniel

[Edited 2010-08-17 02:43:32]


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User currently offlineajd1992 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (4 years 1 month 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 8411 times:

Quoting readytotaxi (Reply 13):
How about

www.Netflights.com

LHR-JFK in October £808 for 2.

Decent price but far too early unfortunately. She's not 21 until next November  
Quoting GrinddalCPH (Reply 15):
Last year I got a T/R CPH-LHR-JFK on AA for 220£

Doubt ill ever get it that cheap again!

Cheapest I found was LHR-BRU-JFK on JT for 390£

Anyways, try www.momondo.com it is a Danish search engine voted best in the world,

Daniel

Wow, that is very cheap. I'll take a look, mange tak  


User currently offlineHywel From Uganda, joined Apr 2008, 802 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (4 years 1 month 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 8400 times:

There's a certain airline that has a 12-mile inter-island route. The city of this airline's base shares a name with a university in the "district of crime' in the USA.

If you can work this out, you'll be able to "dump" the fuel surcharge on UA flights and save about £120 when booking UA flights.

Hint: Check base fares, there are some as low as £130 o/w at the moment, meaning a £260+tax return can be had. Only taxes are APD, departure tax, passenger security charge etc. but no fuel surcharge as you'll dump it using the aforementioned airline.


User currently offlineajd1992 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (4 years 1 month 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 8383 times:

I looked but I'm not sure I got it worked out, could you PM me Hywel?

Thanks a lot.


User currently offlineHywel From Uganda, joined Apr 2008, 802 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (4 years 1 month 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 8353 times:

Second hint: The validating carrier is not UA.

i.e. the ticket must not be issued by UA. It must be issued by another airline (which doesn't "collect" the fuel surcharge on behalf of UA).


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25332 posts, RR: 22
Reply 20, posted (4 years 1 month 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 8343 times:

Quoting Hywel (Reply 19):
i.e. the ticket must not be issued by UA. It must be issued by another airline (which doesn't "collect" the fuel surcharge on behalf of UA).

UA would be within their rights to refuse to accept any ticket not issued at their applicable fare including any fuel surcharges but I guess it's difficult to do that at airports.

You appear to live in Chad. Just curious what carrier offers the best deals from Chad to Europe? Do you live in N'Djamena?


User currently offlineajd1992 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (4 years 1 month 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 8340 times:

Quoting Hywel (Reply 19):
Second hint: The validating carrier is not UA.

i.e. the ticket must not be issued by UA. It must be issued by another airline (which doesn't "collect" the fuel surcharge on behalf of UA).

Would it be issued by an airline in the same alliance as UA?

I'm really not feeling this one   I thought it was BA but I guess not.


User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3005 posts, RR: 8
Reply 22, posted (4 years 1 month 4 days ago) and read 8314 times:

Quoting ajd1992 (Reply 21):
Would it be issued by an airline in the same alliance as UA?

I thought Liat but their website doesn't appear to offer any flights other than their own.

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlineGrinddalCPH From Denmark, joined Sep 2009, 141 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (4 years 1 month 4 days ago) and read 8311 times:

Quoting ajd1992 (Reply 16):
Wow, that is very cheap. I'll take a look, mange tak  

No Sweat, and Det var så lidt  



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User currently onlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17066 posts, RR: 10
Reply 24, posted (4 years 1 month 4 days ago) and read 8308 times:

Quoting signol (Reply 22):
I thought Liat but their website doesn't appear to offer any flights other than their own.

I also tried LIAT. Have been searching for quite a while now but cant find anything  



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25 Post contains images Hywel : UA have an agreement with this airline, they can issue tickets on each others' flights. But they're not in the same alliance. Heck the other airline
26 Hywel : Why not try expedia, travelocity, etc etc. ?
27 Viscount724 : Yes, they can issue tickets on UA but they're only acting as an agent for UA (the same as a travel agent) and should thus be applying UA's fares and
28 Post contains images Hywel : Yes Sir, you are correct. UA doesn't authorise them to waive the fuel surcharge, in fact this is a "mistake" in their online booking engine. But so f
29 Post contains images ajd1992 : OK, I've been looking for a few days now and really cannot work it out. I don't know what the university is that i'm supposed to be rhyming with so th
30 Slinky09 : Simple answer, as you validated, is to wait until the post New Year sales when BA, VS, AA and others will slash fares - usually for flights through m
31 Post contains images fca767 : PLEEASE tell us the loophole, i've been googling for ages
32 Post contains links signol : According to this week's Money Saving Expert email, AA, BA and VS are having a snap 2 week sale. NY is advertised at £331 return all-in. http://forum
33 Post contains images ajd1992 : Cheers signol, will be booking that. That's a bargain if I ever saw one. Thanks a lot.
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