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    Former MSE Natasha
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    American Airlines, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and more big flight sales
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    • 30th Dec 09, 11:24 AM
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    American Airlines, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and more big flight sales 30th Dec 09 at 11:24 AM
    What's this about?

    Update: These sales have now been extended until 9 Feb 2010. There's also a code to get an extra 20 off the flights via broker Opodo (see 20 Opodo Voucher forum note).

    Right now many big airlines, including American Airlines, British Airways, Continental, Delta and Virgin Atlantic, have released an abundance of seats at knock-down prices as part of their New Year sales, from both London Heathrow and Manchester airports.

    Return journeys to New York start from 288, Boston 298, Bermuda 409, plus others, including most taxes & charges.


    Sale prices are very similar across all carriers, as they're desperate to compete against each other for business, but hunt them down the right way and you'll find which airline is offering the journey at the very cheapest price.

    But don't search 'em direct...

    The dates you can travel vary according to airline and destination, but most are available between 6 January until 30 November 2010, with some exclusions over Easter and the summer holidays. For most carriers you have until 26 Januray to book - subject to availability - except for Delta and Continental, where it's 11 and 19 January respectively.

    A couple of days ago flights to New York were showing up at around 350 return at cheapest. Right now, you can nab 'em for less than 290; a pretty decent saving considering taxes alone cost more than 210.
    • Got a specific date & location in mind?

      If you fancy going away to a certain destination on specific dates, don't bother looking at the sales direct, as the results are included in the cheap flight screenscrapers Kayak* and Travelsupermarket* and Fly.com.

      So use those and it'll show you the sales costs and also the cheapest general cost, so you can see if it's worth it. See Cheap Flights guide for more info.
    • Just browsing for a bargain?

      In this case, it's worth looking at the specific sales at American Airlines, British Airways*, Continental, Delta and Virgin Atlantic* websites details yourself for available dates and destinations, and seeing if it's worth planning your getaway around them. Then compare them to the best of the screenscrapers above.
    Remember, for safety, pay on a credit card to get extra protection. See the Section 75 guide for full info and of course remember the British Airways strike issue isn't resolved yet - so there could be another ballot there.




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    You shouldn’t notice any difference, the links don’t impact the product at all and the editorial line (the things we write) is NEVER impacted by the revenue. If it isn’t possible to get an affiliate link for the best product, its still listed in the same way. The following links BA, Virgin, Kayak and Travelsupermarket are identical unaffiliated links provided for the sake of transparency. Click on the following link for more details on how this site's financed.
    Last edited by MSE Jenny; 02-02-2010 at 4:30 PM.
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    • richardw
    • By richardw 30th Dec 09, 11:49 PM
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    • 30th Dec 09, 11:49 PM
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    • 30th Dec 09, 11:49 PM
    BUT the BA strike issue is not yet resolved and cancellations may have non recoverable linked costs.
    • GentleGiant
    • By GentleGiant 31st Dec 09, 9:24 AM
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    • 31st Dec 09, 9:24 AM
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    • 31st Dec 09, 9:24 AM
    No need to look on third party sites for most Airline tickets. You get the best deals directly from the airlines sites. Only use if comparing prices and have no affiliation to an airline or have no intention of collecting frequent flyer miles or points for any airline.

    Also worth checking on both http://www.americanairlines.co.uk and http://www.aa.com for the same flight - you can search and show all classes at once as sometimes you can get cheaper business than economy tickets! or cheaper first than business tickets! The reason to check both sites, is that I have found cheaper tickets on the UK version that the US one and vice-versa.

    Also consider doing an AA challenge. Essentially if you can fly more than 5 or 10,000 miles inside a 3 month period (or earn more than 5 or 10,000 points (more points for higher class tickets)) you can go directly to Gold or Platinum status on their membership scheme.

    If you do a Platinum challenge (10,000 miles or points) you get one world sapphire status which is recognised by BA, and allows you to check in at first or business class desks (irrespective of ticket booked) and use the lounges without any further cost (again irrespective of the class of travel booked) - check out http://www.oneworld.com for the benefits and member airlines. (which are quite good)

    A return to many US destinations will often earn you 10,000 miles (especially if you have change of plane), so is worth it.

    We have all done it several times and will do it again.

    One final tip - sign up for the challenge after June 16th (if flying after this date) as your Gold or Platinum membership will last for up to 20 months (end of February 2012) - before June 16th, it will expire end of February 2011.
  • Sharratt4
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    • 31st Dec 09, 11:07 AM
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    • 31st Dec 09, 11:07 AM
    Anyone know why San Fransico has been excluded from the BA Sale?
    • luci
    • By luci 31st Dec 09, 11:07 AM
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    • 31st Dec 09, 11:07 AM
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    • 31st Dec 09, 11:07 AM
    No need to look on third party sites for most Airline tickets. You get the best deals directly from the airlines sites.
    Originally posted by GentleGiant
    This isn't always the case. We have found flights slightly cheaper direct on the airlines' own websites. However last time we booked our United flights were 140pp cheaper with NetFlights than they were with United.
    • PurplePow
    • By PurplePow 31st Dec 09, 11:11 AM
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    • 31st Dec 09, 11:11 AM
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    • 31st Dec 09, 11:11 AM
    Is it safe to book with BA at the moment? Don't want to book my dream trip to NY next year if something's going to go wrong...
    • fifeken
    • By fifeken 31st Dec 09, 11:32 AM
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    • 31st Dec 09, 11:32 AM
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    • 31st Dec 09, 11:32 AM
    Is it safe to book with BA at the moment? Don't want to book my dream trip to NY next year if something's going to go wrong...
    Originally posted by GemmaC25
    See post #2 above.
    • ferf1223
    • By ferf1223 31st Dec 09, 11:36 AM
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    • 31st Dec 09, 11:36 AM
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    We have all done it several times and will do it again.
    Originally posted by GentleGiant
    I thought you could only do the platinum challenge once? I did it earlier this year with a return to Vegas and if we're happy with the results when mine runs out my husband will do it (if it's still available).
    • rpstdavids
    • By rpstdavids 31st Dec 09, 11:52 AM
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    • 31st Dec 09, 11:52 AM
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    • 31st Dec 09, 11:52 AM
    Anyone know why San Fransico has been excluded from the BA Sale?
    Originally posted by Sharratt4
    I think it is in the sale, just not advertised for some reason.

    Just done a dummy booking for March and it is coming out at 388, the same as LA for that period in the sale.
  • Innys
    The price on the Virgin site is slightly more expensive than booking through Expedia for NYC in late August
  • dmg24
    I hate to state the obvious, but this is on the wrong board!
    • stoneman
    • By stoneman 2nd Jan 10, 3:30 PM
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    stoneman
    I hate to state the obvious, but this is on the wrong board!
    Originally posted by dmg24
    No it's not. The discussion is about flight sales and we are on the flight board last time I looked
    The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that you will have enough to pay for something better.
  • dmg24
    No it's not. The discussion is about flight sales and we are on the flight board last time I looked
    Originally posted by stoneman
    So what is the Report Bargains, Deals & Special Offers board for? :rolleyes:
  • julija
    I can't choose between BA, AA and Virgin Atlantic, it costs 315, 305, 316 respectively London-New York-London. Which is the best, safest, has the best service, food, usually on-time? And is least likely to have a terrorist on a plane? I don't know why I'm freaked out about that, probably beacause I'm flying to JFK airport.
    So far I'm thinking VA>BA>AA
  • 123oleary
    ive not flown long haul with ba so cant comment on them.
    aa charge 7 dollars/ four pound for alcohol , and their in flight entertainment has a poor choice of films/ programs . the food is pretty good though.
    virgin dont charge for alcohol and has a better entertainment entertainment system. also i found virgins website a little easier to use,if the prices were similar i would choose virgin.
    • richardw
    • By richardw 4th Jan 10, 9:53 PM
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    Consider how many are going and which seating would suit you on the aircraft type that the airline uses www.seatguru.com may help.
  • Stringy
    I can't choose between BA, AA and Virgin Atlantic, it costs 315, 305, 316 respectively London-New York-London. Which is the best, safest, has the best service, food, usually on-time? And is least likely to have a terrorist on a plane? I don't know why I'm freaked out about that, probably beacause I'm flying to JFK airport.
    So far I'm thinking VA>BA>AA
    Originally posted by julija
    I flew long distance with VA nearly 6 years ago and I was not impressed with their service. My sister flew with them 2 weeks ago and she wasn't happy either. I haven't flown with BA or AA, but with such a small price difference I'd personally try any airline over VA. Although admittedly, I've heard someone say that they noticed a difference depending on the route and their opinion was that VA's service between USA and UK was better than between UK and South Africa (my sister and I were both going from Cape Town to London).
    • malkie76
    • By malkie76 5th Jan 10, 12:26 PM
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    I'd stick with BA every time.
    • Murphy_The_Cat
    • By Murphy_The_Cat 5th Jan 10, 12:38 PM
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    Murphy_The_Cat
    I can't choose between BA, AA and Virgin Atlantic, it costs 315, 305, 316 respectively London-New York-London. Which is the best, safest, has the best service, food, usually on-time? And is least likely to have a terrorist on a plane? I don't know why I'm freaked out about that, probably beacause I'm flying to JFK airport.
    So far I'm thinking VA>BA>AA
    Originally posted by julija
    I've never flown VA, would never fly BA again and I'm a very happy, annual AA customer. If you do decide to take the AA route, be sure to join the AAdvantage programme beforehand, as it is VERY generous on its mileage awards (depending on your destination in America, it is possible to fly trans Atlantic 3 times and then get the 4th flight free).
    Also, as Gentle Giant pointed out, taking The Platinum Challenge is a good exercise, as (IIRC) it gives you bonus mileage on some of your travel legs.



    p.s. you also get AAMile s for booking on their site and signing up for email offers etc.



    • malkie76
    • By malkie76 5th Jan 10, 1:07 PM
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    I would never fly BA again
    Originally posted by Murphy_The_Cat

    What put you off ?

    Interestingly, I'm sampling AA for the first time next month. I'm flying off to the US for a meeting. Have you had any experience of their business class product ?

    I understand it's a lie-flat seat, rather than the fully-flat industry standard ?
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