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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency such as Orbitz or Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. However, if you’re using The Platinum Card® from American Express, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through the Amex Travel portal to get 5x MR points. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz or Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.
London is one of the most popular tourism destinations in the world for Americans. And that’s for good reason. While culturally and linguistically a bit different, it’s a very approachable place for Americans to visit — especially if you haven’t traveled overseas much. But even those of us that have traveled extensively have plenty to love about the culturally-rich destination.
And now, you can fly there nonstop for cheap on low-cost carrier Norwegian or a full-service carrier like United, Delta or Virgin Atlantic.
Whether you’re flying Norwegian or one of the legacy carriers, all of these tickets are in booking into a version of “basic economy” ticket. For all but United, that means you can bring a carry-on bag for free. Meanwhile on all but Norwegian, you can expect a free meal on-board. For all of these tickets, you’ll have to pay for a checked bag.
To search, head to Google Flights and enter your origin and destination cities. Scroll through the calendar function to find dates and prices that work for you. Finally, click through to book directly with the airline or through an OTA like Priceline or Expedia.
Airlines: Norwegian, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Delta, United
Routes: BOS/JFK/MIA/ORD/EWR/MCO/AUS to LGW/LHR
Cost: $315+ round-trip in economy
Travel Dates: March-May, August-January 2020
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare), Citi Prestige (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Premier Card (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Boston (BOS) to London Gatwick (LGW) for $315 round-trip ($135 outbound + $180 return) nonstop on Norwegian in March:
New York Kennedy (JFK) to London Gatwick (LGW) for $332 round-trip ($139 outbound + $193 return) nonstop on Norwegian in March:
New York Kennedy (JFK) to London Gatwick (LGW) for $339 round-trip ($139 outbound + $200 return) nonstop on Norwegian in May:
New York Kennedy (JFK) to London Heathrow (LHR), return from London Gatwick (LGW) for $342 round-trip nonstop on British Airways:
Miami (MIA) to London Gatwick (LGW) for $350 round-trip nonstop on Norwegian in April:
Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to London Gatwick (LGW) for $365 round-trip nonstop on Norwegian in April [$342 booked separately]:
Boston (BOS) to London Heathrow (LHR) for $368 round-trip nonstop on Virgin Atlantic in May:
Boston (BOS) to London Heathrow (LHR) for $368 round-trip nonstop on Delta in May:
Newark (EWR) to London Heathrow (LHR) for $383 round-trip nonstop on United in May/June:
Orlando (MCO) to London Gatwick (LGW) for $400 round-trip nonstop on Norwegian in April [$387 booked separately]:
Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to London Heathrow (LHR) for $405 round-trip nonstop on United in April:
Austin (AUS) to London Gatwick (LGW) for $425 round-trip nonstop on Norwegian in April [$399 booked separately]:
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases to pay the taxes and fees, such as the Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), American Express® Gold Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Premier, Citi Prestige (5x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
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