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User currently offlineBh4007 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 239 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3457 times:

I'm thinking of taking a holiday to NY with my family of four in October and seeing as the flights take up a large proportion of the total vacation cost I want to make sure that I get the best service transatlantic and at a reasonable price. I want to try and get four return tickets to either JFK or Newark for under £1000 ($1,863) from MAN but I think this aim is somewhat unrealistic. In terms of who to fly with, it's between BA, AA, CO, DL ,BMI and US but I'm unsure of who will work out the cheapest and who offers the best service.
Any ideas??

[I want to try and avoid flying on a 757 so I guess that narrows it down as CO and AA have recently used them on their services. I'm also not a PTV freak and I'm quite happy with general view screens. I will fly to Newark or JFK but i'm guessing that the latter is more expensive beacuse it costs more for airlines to land there. I'll fly on 31" seat pitch as this seems to be the norm on 757/767] Oh, and I refuse to fly on Biman!

Thanks,
bh4007

[Edited 2006-05-29 13:35:10]

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User currently offlineWrighbrothers From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 1875 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3450 times:

If I was you, I'd fly with BA, it's got the seat pitch you want, it's in a nice 2-3-2 config and has seat back PTV's, along with the BA service and the service is to JFK.
However, i'd suspect BA will be more expensive.

Wrighbrothers



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User currently offlineBestpilot From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 100 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3450 times:

I'm unsure of the question. It sounds like you just need to shop around. I suggest www.google.com.

User currently offlineBh4007 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 239 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3421 times:

Quoting Bestpilot (Reply 2):

Ok, if you were in my position, looking for a cheap flight from Manchester to New York that will offer good service etc... what airline would you fly with?

google.com - thats a new one  Wink


User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3408 times:

Try Expedia, you can compare the different prices easily. I'd say BA offer the best service direct from MAN, but I tried booking through expedia once and got Swiss as the cheapest airline; and I'd consider them to be of a high quality service as well. It just depends if you want to be direct ot not.

I just did a quick search based on Saturday 7th - Saturday 14th, and BA actually come out cheapest at £377pp, followed by DL (£379) and CO to EWR (£389).



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User currently offlineBh4007 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 239 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3403 times:

Quoting Mhodgson (Reply 4):

Thanks. I would prefer direct but then again I wouldn't mind connecting in Zurich with Swiss!

bh4007


User currently offlineScottieDog From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 179 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3376 times:

Don't know who acts as agents for them - in the discount field - but you could always try PIA. I'm sure there must be some good deals via the agents in Bradford?

User currently offlineBestpilot From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 100 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3376 times:

Quoting Bh4007 (Reply 3):
Ok, if you were in my position, looking for a cheap flight from Manchester to New York that will offer good service etc... what airline would you fly with?

google.com - thats a new one

I'm a smartass, I'm sorry. As Mhodgson suggested, try expedia. I've booked through them several times. No problems.


User currently offlineDptMAN From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 207 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3367 times:

I would also considertrying EI (Aer Lingus) from Dublin, with a fligt from MAN or LPL on FR or a connecting EI MAN-DUB-JFK. Also KLM is normally cheap for connections MAN-AMS-JFK/EWR.
Hope it Helps
dptMAN


User currently offlineEikiwi From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3367 times:

Gday ..

EI has fares of £310.81 (that includes tax) midweek, via DUB. (e.g 04 - 11 October). Fare before tax is £220.00 p/p.

If any of the pax are 11 or younger of course, child rates will apply.

Of course, there is the added advantage of pre-clearing US Immigration in DUB too, thus avoiding those friendly people state-side!!

Hope that helps.....  Wink

eikiwi


User currently offlineBh4007 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 239 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3332 times:

Ive got Delta and BA @ £383, Aer Lingus @ £387 and CO @ £388 from the suggested sites. (thanks).

Considering I don't mind paying the £5 difference, who offers the best service from the above??

In terms of aircraft i'm thinking:

BA - B763
Aer Lingus - A330
Delta - B763
Conti' - B757/B762/764???

Do the above sound correct?

(US Airways are charging an amazing £693 for an economy return!)


User currently offlineDptMAN From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 207 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3309 times:

CO - is double daily 757 over the summer to end of October.
Delta - is B764
The rest are correct.
dptMAN


User currently offlineCrosscountry From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 127 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3295 times:

Delta is a Boeing 764
Continental is currently scheduled as a 752 but could go back to a 762 if the service reverts to 1x daily for the winter.
It might be worth hanging on to see if ther acrriers are going to put on any good offers.
DL are offering £278 for some dates in November. US have some dates with fares at £248, but both are very restricted.
Check out the newspaper travel supplements.
Although I usually book direct with the carriers, for offers, www.airlinenetwork.co.uk seems quite good.
For service I can recommend ditching Manchester and flying VS from London


User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 13, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3263 times:

I'd say BA offer the best service - they will have PTVs (CO 757s don't, and I'm not sure the DL764s do, either) and a full complimentary bar service (I think DL charge for alcohol, not sure if CO do). Plus the BA 767s are recently refurbished.


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User currently offlineHighpeaklad From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 538 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3254 times:

What dates are you looking at? LH and AF are usually pretty cheap. www.farecompare.com is coming up with AZ at £270 in October. Prices are showing from £160 in November if you could go then.

Chris



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User currently offlineB707Stu From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 918 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3228 times:

I fly this route a lot. I've flown all three. For onboard service I'd say CO, for PTV's it's now, though God knows it took long enough, BA. For the guaranteed widebodied, beyond BA, it's DL - that's it as far as non stops... oh, there's also PIA who operate some new 777's and maybe worth checking out.

As to connecting through Europe I've done it with KL through AMS and AF through CDG. I'd avoid CDG for connections at all costs which is a shame because the AF CDG-JFK/EWR service isn't bad, but CDG is a nightmare with short connections and pretty much guarantees no luggage on arrival, which on a 4 day trip, is awful. Though FRA/MUC are long distances the other way, if LH was the cheapest I wouldn't hesitate, they're one of my top two across the Atlantic.

Whoever you end up with, welcome to the Big Apple! October is a great time of year here, try to schedule it around "peak" period, which means peak times that the leaves change color, it's quite beautiful then.


User currently offlineCrosscountry From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 127 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3219 times:

DL 764's don't have PTV's although I think they are planned at some point.
Continental's 762's do, but not the 757's.
BA probably does offer the best service out of Manchester, but it is at a cost and I generally find the BA service a bit..."cold"
I'm trying to book a similar trip for November and so far found DL the cheapest.
The only thing to do is keep shopping around.
Earlier in the year managed to get a MAN-BOS-JFK-LHR fare on American in September for £248.


User currently offlineConcorde001 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 1230 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3205 times:

In terms of service, I would say BA.
Remember by October, all of BA 767s should have AVOD installed so you will have excellent entertainment to enjoy.


User currently offlineDavidT From Switzerland, joined Oct 2005, 477 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3132 times:

BA - free food, drink, and entertainment.

I've flown it myself and it was an incredibly pleasant flight.


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