Summer Sale: Fly to London
A rare summer sale to London has been announced, but act fast: Tickets must be purchased by midnight EDT on Thursday.
British Airways is offering round-trip fares of $780, including taxes, from Washington Dulles or BWI to London Heathrow (fares on other airlines have decreased since the BA sale was announced, but you'll still pay $100 more round trip for nonstop flights). BA is also throwing in a free sightseeing tour: You get your choice of a fast track timed ticket to the London Eye (value $46), a London Big Bus tour (value $28) or a Thames Circular Cruise (value $17). Cheapest fares are available for Monday-Wednesday travel from May 28-Sept. 5. Thursday-Sunday travel will cost $30 more each way. Minimum stay is a Saturday night. Also, pay $150 more each way and get upgraded to premium economy, which offers its own cabin and seats with more legroom.
Travelers who are going to other places in Europe may want to investigate buying sale tickets to London, and then making the trek to London Stansted or any of several other London airports that offer discount airline service to cities throughout Europe. For example, if you book a flight from Washington to Alicante, Spain, in July, it'll cost $1,259 round trip. But if you book the BA sale fare to London and then go to Stansted to catch a discount flight on EasyJet, the total flight cost is $970. You have to add in transportation costs, time and energy, but for a family of four, flight savings would come to $1,147.
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