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When Will I Find Cheap Flights to London?

Dear Editors,

When can I find cheap flights to London? I noticed that airfares from Miami to London increase dramatically if departing after June 9. Why? Could I expect fares to go down if I wait? I want to depart on June 16 but am thing of leaving earlier due to the flight costs.

Bob


Hi Bob,

Great question! I’m glad you asked and I’m sure many of our readers can benefit from the answer.

Here’s the deal: Travel before mid-June to the U.K. and you’re traveling during the shoulder season. Travel between mid-June and Labor day and you’ll find yourself in peak season. Shoulder season (personally, my favorite time to travel to Europe and pretty much every other destination) means cheap flights and fewer crowds. Hotels in London are also quite a bit less expensive. Once you get to peak season, all bets are off.

Your email indicates you are at least a little flexible in your travel dates. If this is the case, I would depart in late May or very early June. Travelocity data shows that international airfare over Memorial Day weekend is an excellent value: $804 on average over the holiday weekend versus $927 on average during the rest of the summer. This is likely due to the fact that many people choose domestic destinations for Memorial Day weekend and the weak demand for international vacations translates into lower prices.

Along these same lines, I will add that the cheapest time to travel abroad is typically over Thanksgiving. Again, the vast majority of Americans choose domestic destinations at this time, freeing up seats on international flights and depressing prices. But, in truth, you’ll have much nicer weather in late May than in late November.

One last thought — September is also a lovely time to travel to the U.K. and is also a shoulder season.

Happy Travels,

Genevieve

Find me on Twitter @GSBrown

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My name: Genevieve Shaw Brown. I also answer to Genny and Gen.

How I earn my keep: I work at Travelocity.

Greatest travel lesson learned: I travel for my job, but I've learned work is work, vacation is vacation, and it's best not to try and do both on one trip.

Fondest travel memory: There are so many... but a recent experience was being totally jet-lagged and waking up pre-dawn in Koh Samui, Thailand, and watching the sun rise with my husband on the beach. We talked about what all our friends and family were doing at that very same moment as the sun set back home in New York.

First thing I do in a new place: Peruse the local restaurants and map out my dining strategy for the duration of my trip. Dining strategy = eating at as many restaurants as humanly possible.

First thing I do when I get home: Put a push pin on the destination I just returned from on the map of the world that hangs on the wall above my couch.

Travel ambition: To cover that map completely in push pins.

My most beloved place in the whole world: Cockle Cove Beach in Chatham, Massachusetts.

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Shoulder season…cool. That seems like a great idea. Why not beat the crowds at a bargain. Thanks Genevieve.

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