www.uk-2-usa.com Newsletter
Quarter 4-2004

October 2004

Welcome to the final
www.uk-2-usa.com newsletter of 2004.

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USA offers and travel news.

Bargain !
Our partners Complete North America are delighted to be able to offer some fantastic reductions on their already discounted rates with British Airways to reward those customers who are ready to confirm their 2005 holidays now. This offer is for flights avoiding high season in 2005 if you book before the end of November 2004. An additional reward for booking early is that you can secure your booking for a low deposit of 50 per person rather than the usual 150 per person. This offer is of course subject to availability.

To get a quote for next year and receive these excellent benefits
click here now !

New National Park
In mid September Great Sand Dunes National Monument became Great Sand Dunes National Park, Americas newest NP.

Great Sand Dunes is in south central Colorado and is a place I have never been to despite several visits to Colorado.

Passports and visas
The US embassy website has now confirmed that the requirement for biometric data to be included in passports has indeed been moved back to October 2005. So with all these changes and media stories where does that leave you now the dust has settled ?

If you are a UK citizen and wish to travel to the USA on holiday for less than 90 days all you need is a machine readable passport (all passports issued in the UK for the last 10 years are machine readable - you will only have a none machine readable passport if your passport was issued to you from an overseas embassy).

If you do not have a criminal record and have not been previously barred from entry into the USA you can travel visa free under the visa waiver programme. You will be given a green form to fill out on the plane which you hand in on entry to the USA rather than get a visa before you travel.

Since the end of September 2004 all people entering the USA will have a digital photograph and electronic recording of your finger prints taken on entry to the country.

Any UK passport issued after October 2005 will have to have biometric data included in it. Checkout your passport to see when it runs out and get it re-newed before next October to avoid any potential problems if you travel to the USA after October 2005.

United Airlines and others
I've been reporting the status of United Airlines and other struggling airlines for some time now. The problems continue and United Airlines' 60,000-plus unionized workers, who have already accepted $2.5 billion in annual wage and benefit cuts at the money-losing airline, face the prospect of still more cutbacks after the airline told a federal Bankruptcy Court judge in Chicago on Friday that it will ask workers for additional concessions next month. Read more on this link

The unraveling of the ailing airline industry picked up speed Friday as a bankruptcy judge granted US Airways authority to temporarily cut the pay of its union workers by 21 percent, comparing the airline's financial outlook to "a ticking fiscal time bomb."

That wasn't the only bad news for the industry on Friday. Delta Air Lines Inc., the nation's third-largest carrier, said it was only weeks away from being forced to file for bankruptcy because of widening losses - ranging from labor and pension costs to fuel expenses. Read more here

Similar story at Northwest Airlines. Heavily indebted Northwest has its own payments to make, and has said it needs $950 million a year in concessions from workers. Pilots became the first to agree on Thursday, striking a $265 million tentative pact. Union chiefs at Northwest's Air Line Pilots Association unit are meeting in Florida through the weekend, where they will vote on whether to recommend the deal to pilots. Details of the agreement have not been released. Again read more here

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USA flight price survey

This survey is for travel in August 2005. All quotes were taken on 17th October 2004 for a return journey for one adult out on the 10th August and back on the 17th August (both Wednesdays - normally the cheapest day to travel). The average prices from surveys for the same journeys in 2003 and 2004 are shown for comparison

Perhaps not surprisingly given the problems the airlines are having with lack of profitability, there seems to be an attempt to push prices higher at this stage. From what I have seen in previous years, this is unlikely to last and competition will bring the prices down as we go through into the new year and the peak booking time. The really big surprise from this survey is that all of the companies surveyed agree that at this moment the cheapest way to book a flight from London to Orlando next August is to go via Reykjavic with Icelandair !

As is now the convention in these surveys, the cheapest quote for a given journey is highlighted in red.

uk-2-usa.com October 2004
flight price survey
for travel in August 2005

Previous survey summary details
Quotes obtained October 2004
Route
Average
August 2003
price

Average
August 2004
price

Average
August 2005
price quoted
October 2004

Expedia
prices

ebookers
prices

Travel4less
prices

Opodo
prices

London
to
Orlando
559 617 599 604
Icelandair
601
Icelandair
622
Icelandair
572
Icelandair
London
to
Denver
554 576 642 635
Continental
638
Continental
667
Continental
630
Continental
London
to
San Francisco
565 574 611 599
Icelandair
604
Icelandair
617
Icelandair
626
Air France
Manchester
to
Orlando
626 627 673 652
Delta
Could not
quote
675
Continental
694
United Airlines
Manchester
to
Denver
551 588 661 651
Delta
649
Delta
692
Continental
654
Continental
Manchester
to
San Francisco
610 585 625 613
Air France
649
Delta
615
Air France
624
Air France
Average for
all 6 flights
578 594 635 625 628 648 633


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Web site updates/news

News
I have decided to venture into the relatively new area of internet communication - the Blog (weB LOG). You can checkout a write up of my own most recent USA holiday to the Pacific North West on
this link.

Updates since the last newsletter
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Well, thats it for edition number 4 in 2004. Speak to you again next year !

Happy USA travelling

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