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Old May 8th 2010, 2:02 am
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Last year we got flights in April for June from Charleston to London for just over $640 each. This year seems to be a very different story and nothing is coming under $1100-1200. Are they trying to make up for the volcano ash loss or have they just decided to double the price of tickets for the sake of it?
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Old May 8th 2010, 4:38 am
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You got lucky last year. $1,000 or so for the Summer time peak travel is about average. You might still find some bargains with searching (i.e. change your travel dates so you aren't flying on a Friday or a Sunday is a good start) but generally $1k for a Summer flight is the norm.
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Last year we got flights in April for June from Charleston to London for just over $640 each. This year seems to be a very different story and nothing is coming under $1100-1200. Are they trying to make up for the volcano ash loss or have they just decided to double the price of tickets for the sake of it?
I was thinking the same thing. We are looking for flights too. SFO to MAN
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I agree. We are going to the UK in late June, returning in July. It would have been $1,600 (US) from Ottawa for a flight that was $900 last year. So we are flying from JFK instead for $1,100.. seems to be the new normal.
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The day BA announced more strikes the Virgin flights (same airports/flight times etc) that I'd been looking at went up £400, call me cynical but what a coincidence!
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Have any of you guys thought about asking Cindy for help? you never know
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Maybe start stacking up airmiles via credit card deals to redeem for next year's trip?
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Years ago, living in the UK, we always got travel insurance when we visited the US - for obvious reasons. Never had to make a claim, so I don't know how good it is. Now we are thinking of paying for travel insurance for our visit to the UK in late June - July, in case of BA strike or ash-cloud. It looks like it would cost about $180-$230 per person. We want to start booking hotels etc. and some of those payments will be non-refundable.

Would insurance work for those possible events, since they are already on the cards as risks? I'll look at some policies and try to read the small print, but I'd be interested in hearing opinions...
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The cheapest tickets I've seen so far is from Newark (EWR) to London Gatwick.

The taxes are incredibly cheap - as it's a one-stop routing.

However....the flight is with Iceland Express, so you have a connection in Reykjavik... On 'Flyertalk' one poster says that they are flying into Glasgow if volcanic ash closes the airport in Reykjavik...and you also get a generous luggage allowance.

http://www.icelandexpress.com/

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/budge...dc-london.html (See post #7)

Obviously who knows what is going to happen with this volcanic ash, it could go on for a year?
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Wow - I wasn't aware of Iceland Express - I need to travel in June, and their flights are half the price of anyone else - sure, they're a budget airline, and they stop in Iceland, but they are *cheap* !!

However, they fly 737s...not sure about that cross the Atlantic (even with a stop...).

Anyone flown with them ?
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