Flights for family of 5 from UK to NYC
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Jan 9, 2012 7:02 AM Last Post By: markfawkner
Jan 8, 2012 1:12 PM
Flights for family of 5 from UK to NYCI would be grateful if someone could give me some advice on who generally offers the cheapest flights for families going from the UK to New York.
We are a family of five (two adults and three children who are all in there early teens) and we are looking to go from the UK to NYC direct sometime in late June to early July of 2012. I have checked all of the usual sources such as Skyscanner, Expedia, LastMinute and individual airlines and I am getting prices of between 650 - 700 pounds.
Does anyone take this route regularly or has flown it recently with a family and have any advice on finding cheaper flights?
Any advice would be gratefully received even if it was something along the lines of 'that's the going rate'.
Jan 8, 2012 1:28 PM
1Did you also check for flights into nearby Newark, New Jersey? Or flights leaving from Gatwick instead of Heathrow? JetBlue, Spirit? How about http://www.vayacama.com I flew on Virgin Atlantic from Heathrow to Newark cheaply in April 2009. Also, play around with days of the week -- sometimes Wednesdays are cheaper than Fridays.
Jan 8, 2012 1:34 PM
2Here is my standard answer:
There is no set "cheapest airline." We don't have "low cost" airlines like in Europe or Asia--any airline may be the cheapest at any time, dependent on dates, routes, etc.
kayak.com, cheapoair, farecompare, mobissimo, vayama, priceline, expedia, travelocity, orbitz, hotwire, the individual airlines, etc., etc., etc.
Make sure you compare prices like for like (some show subtotals, others totals).
It will take a lot of effort on your part.
Jan 8, 2012 1:58 PM
3Also check-out.... AirTransat - and a change on to another flight from Canada into JFK.
It might work out cheaper.
Jan 8, 2012 2:18 PM
Jan 9, 2012 3:13 AM
5As already said, there is not 1 cheap airline. I've flown in June / July with BA, Virgin Atlantic, Delta and US Airways because they were cheapest (all in different years). BA and Virgin were the most comfortable.
The price you mention looks realistic for high season. Try looking at flying via other cities, Dublin, Manchester or even Reykjavik or Amsterdam but I personally don't mind paying a little more if it means less hassle and getting there faster..
Something which I heard about was that if you're searching for flights on the same computer for a long time, your IP address will be used to actually increase the prices. We noticed this with a lowcost European airline (wizzair), our friend got a lower price from his house (after we told him when/where to book). Don't know whether this applies to all websites, but here's an article outlining it (http://travelonthedollar.com/2011/05/31/seeing-a-higher-price-on-the-ticket-than-before-clear-your-browser-cookies/)
Good luck finding your best deal!
Jan 9, 2012 7:02 AM
6I have done this route-ish probably twice a year for the past four years. As a rule I have found Aer Lingus, United Airlines,Virgin and American Airlines to be cheaper but the advice above is correct. Even at low times I would expect to pay the GBP450 mark so your price is not right out of the ball park.
You can check Iceland Express and see what they have but it is a longer route via Iceland.
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