If you like the idea of getting away from a cold English Winter to the sunnier climes of Los Angeles, help may be at hand.
British Airways is, yet again, quietly easing out excess capacity by selling heavily discounted tickets from outside the UK.
Copenhagen is the best starting point as far as I can tell. This sample itinerary:
… works out at £266 return. Plus, of course, the cost of getting to Copenhagen – your flight will be cancelled if you miss the first leg.
Ludicrously, you will earn back half the cost in miles. American Airlines still gives 1 mile per mile flown on cheap economy tickets so this trip would earn you 12,080 American Airlines miles – even more if you have BA status.
Don’t credit the flight to BA. It only awards 25% of flown miles for long-haul cheap economy tickets.
There are some similar deals of other European cities, but not as cheap. They tended to come out at around £350 (eg Dublin, Rome, Madrid). Copenhagen seems by far the cheapest. Have a play around at ba.com and see what you can find.
January and February have the best availability.
If you just fly London to Los Angeles on the dates in my example above, it will cost you £560 – more than double.
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