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Cheap Standby Fares NYC-London Still Around  
User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13197 posts, RR: 15
Posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4025 times:

Back in the 1980's to the mid-1990's there use to be cheap same or 2 day before 'standby' fares for flights between NYC and London. Usually it was $149-250 o/w + taxes and could buy them at the airport or usually a the city ticket offices in either city on many airlines including PanAm, TWA, Air India, BA and Virgin. You could get cheap rides almost any day, except some holiday and peak season days. I used such fares a couple of times before the internet got big in the late 1990's. Has today's security situation stopped these fares or is it just financial decisions by the airlines? I am asking about this as my niece wants to go to London during July and the fare prices I am getting are way too high. Do airlines still offer such cheap fares programs?

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User currently offlineGilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 3052 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4001 times:

Just checked www.travelocity.co.uk and they are offering flight from NYC to London for £188 return including tax with Air Canada in July.

You will though have to change aircraft in either Vancouver, Toronto or Montreal.


User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19258 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3955 times:

Travelocity.co.uk is very rarely the cheapest provider of flights - and you have to pay a £10 'booking fee'.


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineJetBluefan1 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3018 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3908 times:

And who in their right mind would connect in Vancouver if they're going LHR-JFK/EWR/LGA?

JetBluefan1



Most people on a.net hate JetBlue. Get used to it.
User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 70
Reply 4, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3903 times:

JetBluefan1, I think that's a very dangerous question to ask around here... Big grin

To be honest, on the way to NYC, I'd never go through YVR, but on the way back, I would probably consider it: flying from the East Coast (or whatever is close by) to Europe gives you an uncomfortably short flying time, or in other words: no time to sleep.

If you fly from the West Coast, you'll usually have somewhere between 2-3 hours more time on board, which can really make a difference if you're planning on sleeping during the flight...

Regards,
Frank



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User currently offlineSqpax From Thailand, joined Dec 2003, 74 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3864 times:

I think JetBlueFan1 said it correctly........do you all realize YVR-NYC is about the same distance as LHR-NYC!!! Use a YYZ or YUL connect. Never mind no traveller in their right mind would want to connect YVR when travelling LHR-NYC, no agent or carrier in their right mind would book this itinerary! But again, on second thought.........






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User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19258 posts, RR: 52
Reply 6, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3791 times:

"And who in their right mind would connect in Vancouver if they're going LHR-JFK/EWR/LGA?"

Umm... aren't we aviation enthuasists? If so, why wouldn't we?



"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13197 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3753 times:

I was not asking about using airliners such as Air Canada and going through a third country. I was asking only about non-stop flights to/from NYC-London. This is a 17 y.o. who has very little experience flying, this would be her 1st international flight and her first flight without her parents. She believes that her return flight will be on the same flight/airline (probably Virgin) as with friends who live in the UK traveling from London to the USA in late July. I was trying to find a way to get a much cheaper airfare, at least for going over to the UK. Thanking all in advance whom can give me an answer.

User currently offlineGeoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3716 times:

Try www.expedia.com - I nearly always end up using them because I can rarely find anything cheaper anywhere else online, nor down at the local travel agents.

Quick search gets $613 for a direct BA flight, $563 for Kuwaiti, $621 for American. That's for 20 Jul returning 27 Jul. Unfortunately that's getting towards the high peak time so that's the type of price you have to pay. Try going Mon-Thurs instead of Fridays to Sundays.

When I was younger, I used STA travel. They used to do cheaper deals for students. I once got a July/August return from LON-NYC for £250, or about US$400 in 1997. They have offices in various cities and a website - www.statravel.com

Geoff M.


User currently offlineAa757first From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3350 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3673 times:

http://www.hotwire.com

$426 PHL - LHR! You are told the following.

-Nonstop or one connection trip.
-Jet aircraft.
-Departs PHL on Wed, Jul 14. Departs LHR on Wed, Jul 21.
-Name of airline and exact flight times shown after you buy.

I have heard great success stories on Hotwire. Give it a shot! Since it arrives LHR, it is probably BA. But there is no way to be sure until after you buy.

AAndrew


User currently offlineJetBluefan1 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3018 posts, RR: 14
Reply 10, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3603 times:

Umm... aren't we aviation enthuasists? If so, why wouldn't we?

I love flying - don't get me wrong - but I'm not willing to fly an extra 2,000+ miles. Sitting on my butt from LHR-NYC is long enough for me, but to double that? I think you'd have to REALLY be in love with aviation to take the flight.

JetBluefan1



Most people on a.net hate JetBlue. Get used to it.
User currently offlineGilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 3052 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3500 times:

Sorry Guys

My mistake, the Air Canada flights are via Montreal or Toronto and NOT via Vancouver!!!

But thay are charging £188 on travelocity.co.uk were including all charges and if you buy an "E-Ticket" there is NO £10 booking fee.

This is for travel in July and I ant cant find cheaper on any other website.


User currently offlineAmhilde From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 643 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3440 times:


Hey, for those of us that have to fly all the way from the West Coast the thought of a 6 hour hop over the pond is FANTASTIC. I love flying, but years of those 11 hour flights have taken their toll on me- i would kill for just ONCE be able to get a ticket for $250 instead of $450 and go half as long on a flight!

Also, try studentuniverse.com, i know they are tied up with travelocity, but ive found that STA as of late NEVER has good fares, and usually are more expensive than any of the normal online ticket booking engines. Not sure why that is, but ive yet to use them for anything other than a rather obscure LHR-VIE-VNO flight in '01- and that was just to get the free stopover in VIE for a few days.



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