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Flights from the UK

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Flights from the UK

We intend to travel to San Francisco in September 2008 flying from Manchester International, UK.

When is the best time to buy flight tickets please?

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1. Re: Flights from the UK

I've never found it cheaper to wait until the last minute, but advance booking (that far ahead) i don't think would be cost effective either.

I too will be going in September 08 and will probably be booking flights around March.

If you can avoid Chicago, do, but it is often one of the cheaper connection options.


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I'd take a look at Kayak.com and see - fuel is likely to go up so you might want to book soon! No more last minute bargains I fear coming to SF.

If you book earlier you might get a better route - options are Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, maybe LA. I'd take LA if you can get it. We had no problems via Philly last April - but its a big airport and I've heard its overcrowded.

I'd consider going to Amsterdam and then taking KLM to San Francisco - that I find is the best - if Manchester hasn't good flights then go LBA (Leeds and Bradford) to Amsterdam. They have good fares.

Paris is another option - for some reasons my UK relatives think France is not a good place to fly through - but on occasion they've had the cheapest flights. Remember you can always go to Europe on a discount airline like Ryan (Liverpool), Easyjet or Jet2.com (LBA) and then go from there direct to SF.

The great circle route with no break in the middle of America is better - you generally get better service on the overnight flights from San Francisco.

Be warned you may get no food on internal US airlines or have to pay for it - you also can't import fruit into California - so you may have to stash up on food at the airports.

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3. Re: Flights from the UK

You can go direct from Heathrow (BMI Manchester > London then United direct to SF) - I'm flying back this time via Germany with KLM which is another option.

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I would try and book direct wherever possible - the flight is pretty long without any stops unless of course you don't mind adding potentially 50% more time on. I looked at the options of cheaper tickets via non-direct flights when we flew in August because the prices to California were sky-high - however decided to bite the bullet in the end as we felt that potential delays and stopover times would make the day too long.

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