Pe@rson
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UK-USA During The Summer

Sat Mar 06, 2004 10:26 pm

While airfares between the UK and USA are low to very low during the winter (it's not unusual to spend £160 including taxes for a return trip between LHR and NYC, or £220 return to LAX), it's normally excessively expensive during the all-important summer months (generally £400 or more to NYC, and over £500 to LAX during July and August), when demand soars (hence the higher prices). Have you travelled between London and the USA during the summer (i.e. April to September)? If so, how much did it cost and where did you fly to?

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ltbewr
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RE: UK-USA During The Summer

Sat Mar 06, 2004 10:55 pm

The last time for me was in April 2002, and went for less than US$350 with taxes on BA, on a 777, EWR-LHR. The favorable money exchange rates for you in the UK and EU and causing a booming demand for flights and raising fares.
Consider purchasing from 'bucket shops', there are many in London and advertise in the newspapers for foreign travelers, like in Earls Court with the Aussies/NZ's.
Consider last minute travel agent deals (Thomas Cook, etc) offering charter airline seats or charter seats on major scheduled airlines.
The further ahead you buy, the better the price you can get.
Often BA has offered cheap fare deals in May to fill out their seats in early summer, depending on demand.
Consider alternative airlines such as Icelanic or Air-India. Check out Virgin too.
Be flexible as to days/weeks/month can travel. You may be able to get a good price if travel on midweek days. April, May, September and October are shoulder months with more moderate fares.
Avoid US/UK holiday times. In USA that is the last Monday in May (Memorial Day, our main day for honoring war dead and July 4th, US Independence Day, when in 1776 we told you to go piss off! Also avoid early September, as the 1st Monday is 'Labor Day' an day off for almost all people. Early to mid September could offer good buys, unfortunately due the September 11th.
Consider going to/from different city pairs, such as Birmingham or to Philadelphia in US. By the way, AVOID US AIRWAYS, as in deep financial trouble.
 
Pe@rson
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RE: UK-USA During The Summer

Sat Mar 06, 2004 11:02 pm

You look for flights in July and August, and you'll see they're excessively expensive, even on VS, Icelandair, etc. etc., and even indirect! You expect cheaper deals in April and May.
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RE: UK-USA During The Summer

Sat Mar 06, 2004 11:09 pm

Pay for tickets in the winter, use the accumulated frequent flyer points in the summer. Easy, and works every time! Amazing what paying a few pounds here, a few pounds there, more than SleasyJet or Ryanair can do! Big grin

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RE: UK-USA During The Summer

Sun Mar 07, 2004 12:35 am

All tax included - Economy class

LGW-DTW-LGW on NW for 165 GBP in April 2000
LHR-JFK-LHR with BA for 170 GBP in September
LHR-JFK-LHR with United 178 GBP - April 2001
LHR-DTW-LHR with BA for 205 GBP
LHR-JFK-LHR Kuwait Airways 210 GBP
LGW-DFW-LGW BA for 235 GBP

The most expensive flight on economy for me has been LHR-DTW-LHR with BA in mid-July 2001 for 585 GBP
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RE: UK-USA During The Summer

Sun Mar 07, 2004 12:41 am

I flew LHR-JFK in July 2001 and the lowest fare available was £540 on BA which I had to take as I had already booked accomodation.
 
Pe@rson
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RE: UK-USA During The Summer

Sun Mar 07, 2004 12:54 am

"I flew LHR-JFK in July 2001 and the lowest fare available was £540 on BA"

Yeah, that's about right for JULY AND AUGUST - the peak months. Naturally cheaper deals will be available for early and late summer.
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ltbewr
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RE: UK-USA During The Summer

Sun Mar 07, 2004 9:48 am

Check out the websites of the airlines like Virgin, BA, as from US, offering very good prices ($US400 RT) in May if buy before late March.