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August 30, 2005

Great fares to London

British Airways is offering these prices now through Sept. 5 for travel through March, 2006. $358 to London from NYC including taxes. I'd be very surprised if it got any lower than this for the fall. I didn't even think it would get this low; I just bought a ticket on AA for $455. If you're a miles whore, BA's frequent flier program sucks for those who travel economy - you get 25% of miles flown in deep discount, compared to AA's 100%. Much as I like miles, it is odd to reward travelers by the number of miles flown - common sense would suggest you'd reward them by dollars spent. But if you travel infrequently and just want the lowest fare, this is probably it. You could also pay about the same price as the other airlines - around $500, but you'd be in BA's premium economy section with extra legroom, World Traveler Plus, and that gives you full mileage as well. A good deal. There are attractive deals to other cities in Europe as well that may include stopovers in London, and hotel and other add-ons. For a solo traveler, Priceline will probably beat most packages, acceptable hotel rooms in London in chain hotels will go on Priceline for around $70, and that is about $85 inclusive of taxes and fees.

Hat tip to Flyertalk.

Posted by Leigh Witchel at August 30, 2005 1:06 AM

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Total flight price $ 357.93(US Dollars) (Round Trip JFK to London)

It actually worked! Without your url the lowest I could get was $500.


Posted by: petipafan at August 31, 2005 3:46 PM

A price of $358 is remarkably cheap for a transatlantic flight but, all of these refer to economy class don't they ? I mean,..aren't there ever any deals for Business or First class ? I'm thinking there must be some but for proportionally higher fares. Getting there is part of the whole experience and if a person arrives frazzled from the screaming kids and the chatter of Satesh and Panjet Baba about their latest trip home to Lucknow then I would say that's a bad beginning,..bad juju.
If a person can go to the first class lounge pre boarding,..where the drinkies are free and there's a major domo who addresses you as Mr. Xxx or even possibly as 'Sir', and then that continues on the flight with better food, and drink, and room to stretch out and guard against deep vein thrombosis,...a person will arrive in a better (maybe drunker) frame of mind and so begin the holiday without the need to unwind from the trip itself. So,...uh,..what about it ?....Can I not find a bargain,..'una buena ganga' in the big seat section ?

Posted by: Alan at September 5, 2005 8:42 PM

This sale was either for economy or World Traveller Plus, which is BA's Premium Economy. Extra room, but economy service.

There are business class sales. CO had one this summer where businessfirst tickets to much of Europe from NYC were $795 each way. BA also does Club World sales. Check out Flyertalk (www.flyertalk.com) from time to time because they usually give notice of these sales and sometimes more obscure ways to take advantage of them. Ticketing from a different country of origin can often change the price dramatically.

But hey, how many CO miles do you have? Why buy a ticket?

Posted by: Leigh Witchel at September 6, 2005 8:47 PM

Because Continental doesn't fly to all the places I might want to visit,...say,.for example,..Buenos Aires,....

Posted by: Anonymous at September 8, 2005 10:57 AM

No, but Delta does, and you can use CO miles for a DL flight!

Posted by: Leigh Witchel at September 8, 2005 8:53 PM

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