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US citizen needs ONE WAY (bargain) airfare from England to US (help!)

US citizen needs ONE WAY (bargain) airfare from England to US (help!)

Apr 25th, 2007, 05:44 PM
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I had a look at a couple of big cruise travel agents to see what they'd charge for air add-ons to the sailings (ATL to NYC, London to ATL or v.v.) and as expected the rates are higher to fly from the UK to the US.

The same goes for paying your own one-way fare. For example, I can see New York to London via Dublin on Aer Lingus for around $412 one way a few days before your sailing from Southampton. By comparison, the cheapest one-way coming the other way is close to $600. That's just the way that market works.

For comparison, I can see add-on air from NYC to London (i.e. before the westbound sailing) for as little as $200, going up to $400, i.e. as good or better as buying it on your own. Flying the other way (i.e. if you sail eastbound) the add-on prices are higher than the (already higher) do-it-yourself prices.

Round trip award tickets are good for up to a year. Round trip purchased ticket prices shoot way up when the return is longer than 90 days - virtually to the same level as two one-way tickets. That's because the airlines don't want to lock into a price that might be too low (from their point of view) months later.

With six traveling, and given it's this July, I'd save your husband's miles for sometime when it's just the two of you and you can use them to upgrade to first or business class.

I'd fly to London, cruise to NY, then come home.
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Apr 25th, 2007, 05:51 PM
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I agree - flying to London and sailing homwe makes MUCH more sense if budget is an issue. Cheaper fares, and no UK departure tax.

But whichever direction you sail -- most cruises are booked a as fly/sail combo. As swandav suggests - I'd just book the full package.
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Apr 25th, 2007, 06:08 PM
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Oh cool! the QM2. DH and I took the QE2 in 1998 and had a wonderful time, although the whole 10 days we were in England it felt like the island was rocking!

We got our tickets to New York and the return through Cunard. They even had to put us up for one night in New York because their deal with the airline couldn't get us to New York early enough.

Kippy, give them a call and see what a whole package would cost. DH was even able to wrangle an outside cabin for an inside price!
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Apr 25th, 2007, 08:38 PM
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Yep. It's the QM2. My husband has been dreaming of being able to do this for a long time, and we found an INCREDIBLE deal. It really stinks to be able to afford the "dream," but not afford fly to or fly back from the dream. That's the way life is sometimes. It's okay. We'll keep looking a little longer using the ideas you all gave me above.

I called the travel agency (TA) that is offering the deal. The best they could do was a $675 flight from UK to New York (is this what "add-on" air is? That term is new to me). I'll call them back to see how much the reverse would be. I also posted 2 messages on the QM2 website. I am waiting for their response.

But so far, the TA has a much better deal than the cruise line itself (but still, the additional $675 flight pp is too steep for us.) But, I haven't talked to QM2 personally...just looked at their website which says that the sail/fly pkg is 1199 pounds for an inside cabin, which is $2398 in US Dollars. This is much more than the quote from the travel agency.

Honestly, I know that British Airways is offering a $279 RT deal, but I was hoping to find a one-way deal somewhere, paying around $140. Crazy idea. But even if we can get the cruise a little cheaper, then we might just pay for the RT deal.
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Apr 25th, 2007, 11:03 PM
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I think a $140 transatlantic ticket in the summer is a fantasy.
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Apr 25th, 2007, 11:36 PM
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I too think you need a reality check point. Given a $80 departure tax you wish to fly London to NYC for $60 one way including all taxes, fuel surcharge, security fees, flight cost etc etc in high season? I have not checked but I would be surprised if you could do it for twice what you want to pay.
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Apr 26th, 2007, 04:00 AM
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Believe it or not, I looked on flyglobespan.com last night. They have one-way tickets advertised from NYC to Liverpool, England for $99.00. But only on May 25th and May 26th.

But I do think you guys are right. I wouldn't expect a deal like that during the summer.

Thanks for all of you help. You are all wonderful.
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Apr 26th, 2007, 04:21 AM
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What is the big deal about not using the second half of a RT cheap ticket that fits your budget? AND one way tickets are never half of a RT no matter how logical that would seem.
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Apr 26th, 2007, 05:16 AM
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I think you have misunderstood some previous posts. But thanks just the same.
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Apr 26th, 2007, 07:02 AM
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You are NOT going to find $140 one way airfare from England. Let that idea GO!

Your best bet is going to be something like the BA deal and throwing away the return. If that's too high then this trip isn't going to happen because it does not get much cheaper!

Remember you MUST throw away the RETURN. (In other words, you cannot buy a roundtrip from ATL to London and not fly the ATL/London route and expect to get home. That cancels your ticket.)
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Apr 26th, 2007, 07:08 AM
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What was "misunderstood"? You did say you don't want to waste anything by throwing away the return ticket.

You are not going to get a fare anywhere near $140 - the cheapest option IS to buy a discounted round trip and toss the return ticket.
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Apr 26th, 2007, 10:35 AM
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I regularly fly from Wash DC to COlumbus Ohio to visit relatives, and I'm lucky if I can get that flight for $100.

That fare on globespan whatever is amazing, but the problem with all these cheap fares being quoted is that they don't include all the taxes, fees, etc., I'll bet. I don't believe you can fly on BA for $280 RT including all taxes, etc at any time. Even that $99 fare goes up to $128 with taxes, although I agree that is amazing.
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Apr 26th, 2007, 11:28 AM
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I am having a lot of trouble putting together a scenario where the second half of the RT is useable--without yet another leftover half.
I guess another cruise is possible, but nothing else comes to mind.
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Apr 26th, 2007, 01:44 PM
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I just checked BA, as I knew they were offering some good fares this summer, and I'm still searching -- and I found that JFK-London special for $279 ($299 Boston-London).

That isn't RT, it's a one-way price, and doesn't include any fees or taxes. It was for summer fare, though.
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Apr 26th, 2007, 05:58 PM
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Hi Kippy,

We are also going on the QM2 from NY to England on the 8/3 cruise. I looked and looked for airfare and the best I could do was what the cruise line offered ($620, including taxes which are steep). Supposedly this will be a non stop flight to Newark.
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Apr 26th, 2007, 09:08 PM
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Thanks to everyone for your help. I have learned a lot. So many of you had such GREAT information. Doesn't look like it's going to work out. This vacation exceeds our budget. For 6 people things add up too quickly (in exponential numbers!!)

Gardyloo - thanks for you abundance of information! I appreciate it! Yes, I know I WAS hoping for a cheap crazy fare.

Gretchen -- thanks for trying to check that option out. I was just trying to get a little creative. For our family of 6, I try to make the most out of each $ when travelling.

I just checked again, and you are right Christina. That BA fare is based on O/W. I didn't see that b/c it was in such small print. I'm used to reading the small print on ads in the paper, but not on the computer. Thank you.

To the other Queen Mary travellers, have a good time on your trip, and let us know how it went. I'll check out the cruise threads to see how your trip was.
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Apr 26th, 2007, 09:16 PM
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BTW, I did find a good deal if you guys want to check it out. Of course there will be added fees, but still, it was the cheapest I could find.

Round-trip rates of $338 are offered by Air Canada to London on departures through May 31. No advance purchase required. Add $30 per direction for Thurs.-Sun. travel days. Complete travel by June 25. Stay a Sat. night. Purchase by April 30.
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Apr 27th, 2007, 04:46 AM
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>British Airways is offering a $279 RT deal,

Grab it!

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Apr 27th, 2007, 03:27 PM
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That's too bad Kippy. I know what you mean, we are 4 and it's going to be an expensive vacation eventhough we are not going by any means in the most expensive cabins.

Also, the prices in London are not to be beleived (due to exchange rate)!
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