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Old 01-11-2011, 04:08 PM
 
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Can anyone shed any light here - looking at flights from RDU to LHR for the summer - going for around 10 days or so... (late July/August)

Any way I look at the flights - direct or not - they're around $1,200 per person on the cheapest economy ticket!

I've seen the prices go up a little, but thats ridiculous! Anyone have any idea what on earth is going on??
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Old 01-11-2011, 04:37 PM
 
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Wow - DH and I flew to Hong Kong in October for $860/pp round trip!
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Old 01-11-2011, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Wow - DH and I flew to Hong Kong in October for $860/pp round trip!
I've done this flight before and not paid this much - there's got to be a reason for it - its crazy!
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Old 01-11-2011, 04:52 PM
 
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Flights from Raleigh to London are expensive because Raleigh is a backwater and flights from backwaters are more expensive than flights between hubs.

Try booking your travel as two separate tickets: from Raleigh to New york, and from New York to London.

That's the way I usually do it and almost never pay more than $700-800.
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Old 01-11-2011, 05:05 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Flights from Raleigh to London are expensive because Raleigh is a backwater and flights from backwaters are more expensive than flights between hubs.

Try booking your travel as two separate tickets: from Raleigh to New york, and from New York to London.

That's the way I usually do it and almost never pay more than $700-800.
I did look at that, although maybe not for as long as I should have done. When you say the $700-800, is that for the entire trip, or just the NY>London portion?

I must have done this flight 10 times in the last 3 years, and I dont think I ever paid more than around $800 directly from Raleigh
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Old 01-11-2011, 05:16 PM
 
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I've done this flight before and not paid this much - there's got to be a reason for it - its crazy!
The airlines have pushed their fares up by almost 20% in the last year - add in the recent UK Government increase in APD to $100, the normal airport fee's for security and fuel surcharges, and in peak summer the fare will be ball park the figure you have quoted. The fare in February on the direct AA flight to London is $850 when it was in the order of $600 a year ago. Maybe that's why the airlines made record 3rd quarter profits
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Old 01-11-2011, 05:27 PM
 
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The AA nonstop has never been a bargain. Too many biz tickets sold on that flight.

I saw some USAir flights for just under $600 in the spring, but for a July trip they were just under $1,000.

Frank
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Old 01-11-2011, 06:58 PM
 
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You are simply looking too early. I spent a good portion of last year looking for flights from Raleigh to Europe. I was flexible with the choice of city I flew into at the time. I found that the Raleigh to London flight was really inexpensive about 2-3 months before departing. All other airlines went down too. The major problem choosing a "layover" city in America is that the airlines do not give you any room for error. We saw flights through JFK and Chicago with a 35-40 minute time between flights. We'd almost definitely miss the overseas flight. Therefore, if you can wait a few months more, the direct flight from Raleigh to London would most definitely be the $100-$200 you'd save with a connector in the US. Good luck, wish it were me headed to London.
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Old 01-11-2011, 07:03 PM
 
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Flights from Raleigh to London are expensive because Raleigh is a backwater and flights from backwaters are more expensive than flights between hubs.

Try booking your travel as two separate tickets: from Raleigh to New york, and from New York to London.

That's the way I usually do it and almost never pay more than $700-800.
In the 70's and 80's this used to be the case and I also did the same. NY was the cheapest to the UK, DC being the 2nd. In recent yrs it improved and connecting flights from Ral to London via NY or DC were much cheaper. Hate to hear that again Raleigh is not looking good to fly out of.

I know someone who did raleigh to chicago and then to UK, they saved a ton this past August. But....they paid the price in terms of travel time...you don't want to know how long it took them! Have you looked at doing Ral to Paris or another European city and then on to London? Do we have flights to Paris anymore?

Please let us know what you end up with. I am looking to travel there this year although I may do it at Christmas now
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Old 01-11-2011, 08:29 PM
 
Location: Ellicott City MD
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You are simply looking too early. I spent a good portion of last year looking for flights from Raleigh to Europe. I was flexible with the choice of city I flew into at the time. I found that the Raleigh to London flight was really inexpensive about 2-3 months before departing. All other airlines went down too.
This is correct. You are looking too early. I used to work in airline pricing. They aren't even looking at summer right now. You are seeing their default prices. Wait a couple of months.

Late July/August is peak season, but it still should be lower than that.
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