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1. Posted by garytodd (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

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I hope someone can give me some advice. I am from England. My brother is getting maried to his American Fiance on the 1st July in New York. I am flyingh in on the 29th June and wanted to fly out on the 2nd or 3rd of July. The flight prices for flying in are very good. The prices for flying out are 4 times the price. Is this because people fly out for a holiday in this week? My brother said that the prices can move around and they wil come back down. I am worried that if I do not book now they may go up?

2. Posted by Wonkerer (Respected Member 592 posts) 8y

The high prices are because of the 4th of July holiday. My opinion is that unless you get lucky and find a sale, prices will continue to rise. Don't know what you were using to search, but Kayak is my personal choice as you can munipulate a lot of the details easily and it finds the best prices. Good luck

3. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 611 posts) 8y

Gary,
prices vary wildly, sometimes dependent on whether you fly on a weekend or weekday. Certain times of day will be more popular than others - if you pick an unpopular time, you might get a better price.
I would shop around, as it's perfectly possible to get return flights to NYC for £250, from any of the major airports. I was there in Feb and we flew with Continental and would certainly use them again. Even the return check-in, which I expected to be a trial, was a breeze.
But yes, that could be a holiday weekend in the US.

4. Posted by inWMSBG (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y

I also noticed that you are not including a Saturday stay over in your plans. Most flights are cheaper if they include a Saturday stay over. I would also suggest checking the prices on Wednesdays. I read a report that said the cheapest day to buy tickets is on Wednesdays. It has something to do with the airlines and when they release their prices. The 4th of July week is a huge vacation week for most people and because the 4th is on a Friday this year people may add some days to the weekend and leave on Weds. or Thursday. That may explain your problems. Good Luck to you and your brother. Enjoy New York.

5. Posted by Ham Radio (Respected Member 284 posts) 8y

Quoting garytodd

I hope someone can give me some advice. I am from England. My brother is getting maried to his American Fiance on the 1st July in New York. I am flyingh in on the 29th June and wanted to fly out on the 2nd or 3rd of July. The flight prices for flying in are very good. The prices for flying out are 4 times the price. Is this because people fly out for a holiday in this week? My brother said that the prices can move around and they wil come back down. I am worried that if I do not book now they may go up?

Independence Day (4th of July, when the colonies declared their independence from England) is a big holiday in the USA and this year it falls on a Friday making for a three day travel holiday for most working Americans. This would explain the high demand for airline seats, particularly out of New York region.

Keep searching the online sites and something may break for you.

6. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 8y

If you can move your trip so that you fly in on June 30th and out on July 6th, you can get a roundtrip fare on American Airlines from London to JFK (in New York City) for $711 (exactly 356 British pounds). Of course, hotels aren't cheap in New York, but you could just go a short ways outside of Manhattan and get a hotel for a cheap price. The savings on the flights would probably pay for the extra hotel days with money left over.

Good luck

7. Posted by EaLaSpada (Budding Member 79 posts) 8y

I agree with the last post. Also, at least in America and contrary to popular belief, booking this early not only will not necessarily give you the best price, you often end up paying more. I would wait until you're closer to your departure date, and continue to check every few days. Also, flights arriving and departing on a Tuesday and Wednesday tend to be cheaper. Good Luck!