Flying to New York from the U.K.
Flying to New York from the U.K. needn’t be very expensive. If you book on time and avoid travelling during busier months, you can find return tickets for as little as £250, (depending on where you travel from). Last-minute flights are rarely cheap, so try to book at least 4-6 months in advance, if possible. If not, at least 6 weeks before you travel. In addition, flexibility is key when looking to save money on flights. As a general tip, it’s usually cheaper to fly on a Monday, compared to on a Sunday, a Thursday compared to a Friday and on early morning, midweek flights. The average flight time from London to New York is just over 7 hours. However, factors such as tail wind and weather conditions can lead to the flight being as long as 8.5 hours.
Direct Flights to New York
Many airlines offer direct flights from U.K. airports to New York. Check with your local airport for more specific information. London, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Manchester all offer direct flights to New York. However, if you want to fly cheaply, you’ll most likely have to book a flight with at least one transfer.
New York doesn’t have a ‘high season’ per se. However, the ‘holiday months’ (late November and all of December) are certainly much busier than the rest of the year. Therefore, flights during this time are more expensive. January and February could be considered the ‘low season’, as New York is a little less crowded due to the freezing temperatures. March and October are the best months to visit, when taking both price and temperature in to consideration. Take a look at this list of public holidays celebrated in New York and these tips on when it’s best to travel to New York.
The following major airlines operate flights from the U.K. to New York City:
- British Airways
- Aer Lingus
- Delta Air Lines
- Air Canada
- American Airlines
- Kuwait Airways
- Virgin Atlantic
Return ticket prices:
Cheap £250 – £350
Average £350 – £500
Expensive £500 and up
Tips for booking flights to New York – Keep an eye on the various deals available at Expedia. If you’re not in a hurry to book, recheck them over a period of two weeks.
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