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Transatlantic Flight Prices

Sat Aug 07, 2010 8:07 am

I'm planning a trip to the USA next June - my first trip there in ten years. I've been keeping an eye on prices as the booking systems gradually opened for reservations - but for travel next June the prices seem atronomical compared to May.

I'd like to fly to the east coast. Have a stop-over and then fly to somewhere like Seattle. Doing the same on the way back but I would like to catch a day-time flight back to London.

American Airlines are charging over £800 return just to New York whilst Virgin are charging about £450. The flight websites - like ebookers and expedia only list a Continental 757 from EWR as a day time return flight.

Ideally I would like to fly with the same carrier for the entire journey - just in case there are delays/cancellations then I should be covered for my next flight so I was looking at an American carrier.

Is there a reason why they are so expensive and is there a time limit on when people like Expedia book all flights (it looks like some flights have not been loaded into their systems)

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RE: Transatlantic Flight Prices

Sat Aug 07, 2010 12:54 pm

Most airline systems open for sell 320 days in advance. As schedules and fares are loaded for those future dates, you won't always see promotional or sale fares so far in advance. That may explain AA's high fare this far out.
Although it will not give you a daylight flight to LHR option due to their schedule, the one exception for publishing low fares far out in advance is USAirways. As an example, I priced a LHR-PHL, PHL-SEA and SEA-PHL-LHR itinerary on US, for 2 weeks in June 2011, traveling on Saturdays, and the total fare was $1202USD w/taxes. Add fees for baggage check and any special seat assignments and alcoholic purchases inflight. The fare also applies for a SEA-CLT-LGW return, but US does not offer a daylight flight to the UK.
Your choices for a morning/daylight flight back to the UK will be AA from JFK and BOS, and CO from EWR. BA also offers daylight service and should be able to price a complete journey on BA/AA to include your USA flying to compare pricing to the US option.
All US airlines offer this multi-city booking option on their websites, so be sure and price DL, CO, UA, AA and US to compare prices and service, but your daylight flight option is limited to my note above.
Also note, peak season/pricing for Europe generally begins the latter part of May (the USA Memorial Day holiday) through to the first week of September (the USA Labor Day holiday) period.
I hope this info helps. Good Luck,
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RE: Transatlantic Flight Prices

Sat Aug 07, 2010 1:15 pm

Hi,if you are looking on EXPEDIA try changing the departure times, I.E the time of day that you would like to depart, and you will be surprised at the different flight options and prices that you can get.
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RE: Transatlantic Flight Prices

Sun Aug 08, 2010 9:05 am

US carriers load their discount fares 6 to 8 months ahead of time. You're simply too early. Look again around January or February. If the economy still sucks, you might find deals all the way into April.
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