Hi Tavellerspoint! I'm new, so please let me know if I'm doing anything wrong!
Here's the story: I am from Baltimore, and I have been talking with my penfriend in Edinburgh for two years now. Last year I went to visit her in Edinburgh, and now she'd like to come to Baltimore. Unfortunately, money is tight for both of us, and we're having trouble finding affordable tickets! She'll be staying with me so room and board isn't a problem, but we need to find round-trip tickets for this summer pretty quick.
We have a relatively open timeframe: anywhere from late June to early August, and she would stay approximately ten days. I guess the most optimal dates are July 27-August 7th, just to give a ballpark number.
For added difficulty: correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems like Edinburgh doesn't fly direct to Baltimore, meaning that she may have to go down to Heathrow or get a connecting flight. If worst comes to worst she can fly into JFK Memorial in New York since we'll be heading up to NY anyway, but I'd rather not since I'm unfamiliar with it and it confuses me.
Does anyone have any ideas/tips on how to do this? Any suggestions at all are greatly appreciated!
EDIT: Okay, I think I may have posted in the wrong forum. Is there any way to move this?
[ Edit: Edited on 27-May-2012, at 11:18 by skyfish ]
The cheapest at that time (mid/late July departure) would be approx $848. return LHR-JFK on either Virgin Atlantic or Delta - KLM/Delta can also get you there from EDI via AMS into JFK for about the same price.
Cheapest I could find was going either Lufthansa or United from Heathrow (London, UK) to Newark, New Jersey on July 24th with a return (same airports) on August 7th for 500 British pounds which is $784. You can also get a flight from Edinburgh to Newark, New Jersey (same dates) Round trip for 536 British pounds, which is $840.
You can also fly Delta from Heathrow to Dulles Airport (just west of Washington, DC) on the same dates both going and coming on Delta Airlines for 604 British pounds, which is $947.
Since Dulles (in northern Virginia) is about 1 hour from Baltimore, this would save you 3-4 hours over driving all the way up to Newark (4-5 hours away). Be aware that the turnpike out to Dulles is a toll road, however--so this needs to be added to the airfare difference.
Lastly, to save on railroad costs (and to get you directly to Baltimore), you can fly United Airlines on the same exact dates as above (both ways) from Edinburgh to/from Baltimore with stops in Newark (for about 3-4 hours) for 667 British pounds, which is $1,045.
[ Edit: Edited on 27-May-2012, at 20:40 by Calcruzer ]
Thank you for the help. I have been searching everywhere with little success, and this gives me something to go on.