Getting here: The round trip fare for two people flying to London from an East Coast USA departure point varies from about $1,500 to more than $2,000 depending upon the time of year. The cheapest flights, for two people, I found in the summer of 2011 were about $1,400 - on unnamed airlines using an online travel booking company.
- How to save: The price of some package tours - including car and hotel - can be less than booking a flight alone. I found a two-week vacation, including flights from New York with a scheduled airline, a car and a room for $1300 per person. The hotel looked very unappealing, but the savings on the flight and car were big enough to leave room in the budget for an upgrade - or for you to make independent accommodation arrangements. Most of the big transatlantic operators, including American Airlines, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, offer good value packages.
- How to save:
- Save by buyins a UK discount pass. Some of them are only available to overseas visitors and are remarkably good value.