Demoose From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1952 posts, RR: 25 Posted (11 years 11 months 15 hours ago) and read 1096 times:
A few mates and I are planning a trip to New York this summer before we all go off to university. My question is how do I get pretty cheap return tickets from England to New York? Living in Manchester, in Northern England, I know I have a number of options. I can fly either British Airways or Continental direct from Manchester. However, I can also fly to Heathrow and connect to New York through numerous carriers.
Can anyone help me out with recommending websites, airlines etc that are likely to offer a good deal and are travel agents any good for cheap deals? I suppose airlines are crying out for passengers like myself at the moment!
I know in the UK currently there are quite a few offers on Transatlantic flights such as 2 for 1 on American Airlines but this offer runs out in May. This was one of the things that influenced me to take a trip to New York. I am looking to travel in July and any help or info is appreciated!!
OdiE From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1641 posts, RR: 1 Reply 2, posted (11 years 11 months 15 hours ago) and read 993 times:
Try going to STA travel or Usit Campus travel. If you want to buy your tickets from a normal travel agency, try Travelbag as they offer pretty competitve prices. I would say that flying from Heathrow will aloow you to most American carrier like United, American Airlines and Virgin (though it's not American!). If you are traveling with a European carrier, I don't think it matter whether you fly from Heathrow or Manchester. But I do believe that flying from London will allow you more choice of carriers and hence cheaper flights. You can even get the option to fly out from London-City if you travel with European carriers! You will get a very nice landing approach.
Traveling in July is going to be expensive. If possible, try to travel before July 1, 2002.
AirFranceJFK From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 476 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (11 years 11 months 9 hours ago) and read 913 times:
I don't know if this is still the case but Air India used to offer one of the cheapest fares from JFK-LHR. I know they still serve the route on a daily basis but not sure how the costs go. Service wise, they are very much lacking, especially when compared to the other transatlantic carriers, however if you're looking to save a buck, then its worth a shot.
Konstantinos From Greece, joined Jun 2001, 389 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (11 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 868 times:
Try a travel agency ( so called bucket shops), They will help you find the cheapest ticket, after all this is why travel agencies are about.
You might wana try Monarch Airlines, they are one of the best charter airlines.
July is not a very good month to travel. Prices are sky high, so your best bet is a charter.
Have a nice time !
EGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 37 Reply 11, posted (11 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 856 times:
No, Air India are more expensive, I don't think any charters fly to NYC from LON, and charter airlines are by no means the cheapest airlines.
Most of the top carriers from the UK and US do this flight for £140 including taxes return, that is the best deal you will get, unless there is some mega offer like in November when you could buy them for £90 including tax.
Bigmo747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 306 posts, RR: 1 Reply 12, posted (11 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 851 times:
PIA-Pakistan International Airlines also fly from Manchester to NYC--5 flights a week, u'll save some money from not travelling to Lon. The airline ticket price might also be reasonable--who knows it might work out!
Konstantinos From Greece, joined Jun 2001, 389 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (11 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 841 times:
Charters give good offers EGGD. In July prices are not going to be the same like now and there will be a very limited number of seats with special offers on airlines.
The best thing for 'Demoose' is to check out a travel agency.
Demoose From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1952 posts, RR: 25 Reply 17, posted (11 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 811 times:
Thanks for all the help. I've got lots of options now. Firstly, unfortuantely i can only travel in July/August because thats when I have my summer break. So it looks like i'm going to have to pay a bit more to start with. I've also checked out STA Travel, they seem to have some cheap deals for students. I personally would like to fly BA MAN-JFK as its pretty easy and convenient for me. I suppose a trip to the British Airways travel shop here in Manchester wouldn't do any harm and I know Trailfinders are a pretty good travel agent so i'll pay them a visit too.
Thanks again for all your help!
C-GRYK From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 751 posts, RR: 39 Reply 19, posted (11 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 801 times:
I think it wouldn't be a good idea if lots of people from Manchester/The North decided to boycott BA's Manchester flights, that would just drive BA away! You can't hope for BA to expand services from MAN while at the same time tell people to not fly their existing services...
Demoose From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1952 posts, RR: 25 Reply 20, posted (11 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 802 times:
I know what your saying, but surely using the Britsh Airways MAN-JFK flight is good? I mean, somebody has to fly the route otherwise BA will pull yet another route from Manchester. I would really want to fly from Manchester to New York rather than going to LHR then onto New York. If I find a price thats not too expensive from Manchester I don't mind if its Continental, BA, PIA err well maybe I don't mind the first two! But the thing is I can't be too picky, at the end of the day cost is the main factor to me, not boycotting an airline. Nothing is concrete yet anyway, I need to discuss all the options and our budget with my friends before we book.
David_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7259 posts, RR: 14 Reply 22, posted (11 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 796 times:
Seeing that BA like to complain when long-haul carriers want to introduce services to MAN then I reckon it would be natural justice for them if northerners were dissuaded from BA; besides, there has long been talk of them wanting to pull the plug on this route - so much so, they want to operate the 767 which generates the most technical problems for that fleet from here.
BA have had stunning success in converting something like a 33% market share in international passengers at MAN in 1998 down to 20% in 2000! All they do is downsize routes - the latest example being to AMS which is now 5 ERJ145s per day from 4 737s and an ERJ145. It was incredibly surprising that they introduced a ZRH service; this was probably due to the fact they hoped Crossair wouldn't maintain it.
They would also prefer to cart you via LHR especially if you are inclined to go on Business/First Class as they can then falsify the regional business profitability by generously donating all of £1 to the shuttle flight and everything else onto the long-haul flight from LHR/LGW, whereas they would have to allocate all revenue to the regional operation should they fly direct from MAN.
Consider the embarrassing position that they (& VS) find themselves in where this "upstart" in bmi have gone from having no transatlantic services in April 2001 to matching the combined operation of BA & VS from MAN by June 2001.
There's just one British airline that seems to want fly long-haul ex-MAN and it's neither of our alleged flag-carriers.