2004 uk-2-usa.com
Flight Price Survey Archive




One of the biggest items in the budget for any fly drive holiday in the USA is the flight prices. As a service to site users, uk-2-usa.com conducts a flight prices survey to accompany its newsletter (now quarterly). These surveys will give you a better understanding of how much quotes can vary from different companies, it will also show how much they vary by month of travel.

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Flight prices for June 2004

This being the second year of these surveys means that the year on year changes in flight costs can be compared. This has thrown up some surprises.

For the 6 flights and 4 companies surveyed, the average price of flights in June has dropped 4.75% from 400 last year to 381 this.

For the 6 flights and 4 companies surveyed, the average price of flights in August has increased 2.77% from 578 last year to 594 this.

This is not a simple picture however, there is substantial variation within the results and as seen before, it clearly pays to shop around demonstrating the value of the uk-2-usa.com
online flight quote and booking page where all 4 companies flight search engines can be found. There is also clearly a difference in routes with the most popular (London - Orlando) not changing in price year on year in June when there was a fall in prices overall, and increasing 3 times more in August than the average with a 7.3% increase.

This survey looks at flights in the early summer band (June) and the very peak band (August). The survey was conducted on January 11th 2004 from the uk-2-usa.com Online flight quote and booking page. The first set of results in the table below is for one adult return fare including all taxes flying out on the 9th June and back on the 16th June. The cheapest quoted fare for each route is highlighted in red. Scroll down the page to view the August survey results.

Route
Average
2003
price

Average
2004
price

Expedia
prices

Opodo
prices

Travel4less
prices

ebookers
prices

London
to
Orlando
382 382 384
Virgin Atlantic
384
Virgin Atlantic
375
British Airways
384
Virgin Atlantic
London
to
Denver
427 385 390
Continental
384
United Airlines
375
British Airways
391
US Airways
London
to
San Francisco
338 349 360
Continental
350
Continental
327
American Airlines
358
American Airlines
Manchester
to
Orlando
420 404 407
BMI
398
BMI
398
BMI
411
BMI
Manchester
to
Denver
449 398 404
BMI
400
BMI
395
BMI
391
BMI
Manchester
to
San Francisco
383 366 367
Lufthansa
366
BMI
363
BMI
364
BMI
Average for
all 6 flights
400 381 385 380 372 383







Flight prices for August 2004

The set of results in the table below is for one adult return fare including all taxes flying out on the 11th August and back on the 18th August. The cheapest quoted fare for each route is highlighted in red.

Route
Average
2003
price

Average
2004
price

Expedia
prices

Opodo
prices

Travel4less
prices

ebookers
prices

London
to
Orlando
559 600 569
Northwest
615
US Airways
605
Northwest
612
US Airways
London
to
Denver
554 576 570
US Airways
570
US Airways
596
US Air
567
US Airways
London
to
San Francisco
565 575 570
Continental
572
US Airways
590
Continental
566
US Airways
Manchester
to
Orlando
626 632 622
US Airways
646
Continental
639
Air Canada
619
US Airways
Manchester
to
Denver
551 596 591
Continental
591
Continental
617
Continental
586
Continental
Manchester
to
San Francisco
610 585 577
US Airways
591
Continental
601
US Air
571
US Airways
Average for
six flights
578 594 583 598 608 587


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To show the level of price inflation I include average results from last years survey of the same period. An extra dimension is added this month as the survey shows the difference in this years costs for the same flights but quoted 3 months apart.

Once again this survey has thrown up some surprises.

From this survey it can be seen that booking flights in January to travel in June would have saved you an average of 36 compared to booking those same flights this month. However, booking flights in January to travel in August would have cost you 3 extra compared to booking those same flights this month.

This is not a simple picture however, as always there is substantial variation within the results and as seen before, it clearly pays to shop around demonstrating the value of the uk-2-usa.com
online flight quote and booking page where all 4 companies flight search engines can be found. It is noticeable that even when the same airline clearly has the cheapest prices on a certain route, then you can pay a substantially different fare depending upon who you book the flights with (see BMI fares Man-Den June and Continental fares Lon-Den August)

This survey again looks at flights in the early summer band (June) and the very peak band (August). The survey was conducted on April 19th from the uk-2-usa.com Online flight quote and booking page. The first set of results in the table below is for one adult return fare including all taxes flying out on the 9th June and back on the 16th June. The cheapest quoted fare for each route is highlighted in red. Scroll down the page to view the August survey results.

uk-2-usa.com April 2004
flight price survey
for travel in June

Summary details
Quotes obtained April 2004
Route
Average
June 2003
price

Average
June 2004
price quoted
Jan 2004

Average
June 2004
price quoted
April 2004

Expedia
prices

Opodo
prices

Travel4less
prices

ebookers
prices

London
to
Orlando
382 382 411 444
US Airways
372
Northwest Airlines
456
US Air
373
Northwest Airlines
London
to
Denver
427 385 440 449
US Airways
407
Northwest Airlines
444
American Airlines
461
American Airlines
London
to
San Francisco
338 349 425 451
US Airways
357
Northwest Airlines
444
American Airlines
449
Continental Airlines
Manchester
to
Orlando
420 404 375 355
American Airlines
414
BMI
347
American Airlines
386
American Airlines
Manchester
to
Denver
449 398 440 446
BMI
424
BMI
437
BMI
453
Continental Airlines
Manchester
to
San Francisco
383 366 415 390
American Airlines
453
Delta Air Lines
465
US Air
351
American Airlines
Average for
all 6 flights
400 381 417 422 404 432 412




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The set of results in the table below is for one adult return fare including all taxes flying out on the 11th August and back on the 18th August. The cheapest quoted fare for each route is highlighted in red.

uk-2-usa.com April 2004
flight price survey
for travel in August

Summary details
Quotes obtained April 2004
Route
Average
August 2003
price

Average
August 2004
price quoted
Jan 2004

Average
August 2004
price quoted
April 2004

Expedia
prices

Opodo
prices

Travel4less
prices

ebookers
prices

London
to
Orlando
559 600 614 614
US Airways
621
American Airlines
609
American Airlines
612
US Airways
London
to
Denver
554 576 576 569
Continental
571
Continental
597
Continental
569
Continental
London
to
San Francisco
565 575 573 569
Continental
571
Continental
585
Lufthansa
569
Continental
Manchester
to
Orlando
626 632 622 621
US Airways
614
Air Canada
634
Air Canada
619
US Airways
Manchester
to
Denver
551 596 580 590
Continental
534
BMI
610
US Air
588
Continental
Manchester
to
San Francisco
610 585 584 550
American Airlines
613
Delta Air Lines
632
US Air
541
American Airlines
Average for
all 6 flights
578 594 591 585 587 611 583




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This survey was conducted on 19th July for a single return adult fare departing on 18th August and returning on 25th August. As normal, the cheapest fare is highlighted in red.

uk-2-usa.com July 2004
flight price survey
for travel in August

Summary details
Quotes obtained July 2004
Route
Average
August 2003
price

Average
August 2004
price quoted
Jan 2004

Average
August 2004
price quoted
April 2004

Expedia
prices

Opodo
prices

Travel4less
prices

ebookers
prices

London
to
Orlando
559 600 614 546
Northwest
593
Delta Air Lines
581
Northwest
557
Northwest
London
to
Denver
554 576 576 566
Northwest
570
Continental
591
US Air
566
US Airways
London
to
San Francisco
565 575 573 565
Northwest
571
US Airways
591
Continental
565
US Airways
Manchester
to
Orlando
626 632 622 455
US Airways
450
American Airlines
452
US Air
450
American Airlines
Manchester
to
Denver
551 596 580 587
American Airlines
580
BMI
572
BMI
566
BMI
Manchester
to
San Francisco
610 585 584 590
American Airlines
580
BMI
595
US Air
572
US Airways
Average for
all 6 flights
578 594 591 552 557 564 546


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