Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Skyscanner Eat Your Heart Out!


Louis and I have been invited to stay with The Second Martha Stewart and her husband in New York state in August.  The lure of easy access to the Big Apple and a nostalgic visit to the Appalachian Trail that's only ten miles from where we're staying means that I've decided to forego our usual amble around Brittany and go for it.  So I've spent the best part of Boxing Day trying to get the cheapest possible flight deal that doesn't cause us untold suffering.  I don't want excessive journey times or long periods sleeping on the floor at airports.  It's supposed to be a holiday after all. 

The Second Martha Stewart's journey over to the United Kingdom inspired me to approach the challenge a bit differently from other occasions when I've flown to North America.  I've always headed out of one of the London airport with all the rigmarole that entails.  My friend flew into Bristol via Dublin this time.  I wondered if following her example could be advantageous.

So I popped some details into Skyscanner.   The cheapest return flight from local airports on the dates that I wanted was £531 each.  It involved an incredibly convoluted  twenty two hour outward trip from Bristol.  It involved a  transfer in  Brussels then a trip back to Blighty to catch a transatlantic flight from Heathrow.  Ye gods!    What could possibly go wrong?  The cheapest London flight was a shade over £400 per person.  Quite a saving and a direct flight to boot.  But it went  from Stansted, a right royal pain in the arse to get to from deepest darkest Devon.  Immense bargains would have to be had to persuade me to fly from there.  Sensibly timed flights from more accessible London airports weren't any cheaper than the lowest local fares.

What if I just booked a flight from Dublin to New York and then arranged the flight to Ireland separately?  Now I was getting somewhere.  I sourced flights to a little known airport called Stewart International at just £560 total return.   It's north of where my friends live and will save them the hassle of getting to one of the main New York  hubs to pick us up.  Ideal!   I've added on  separately booked flights to Dublin from Exeter airport making the total cost just under £700 for both of us.  We're using a bit of the money we've saved to have a one night stay in Dublin.  Neither of us have been to Ireland so we're excited to have the opportunity to get a taster of the land.  And yes there is a long wait between flights on the  way back.  But some of our savings will go towards booking a room at day rates so we can have some shut eye in comfort.

I'd always thought that the  flight comparison sights would give me the best deal but it seems otherwise.  A little bit of creative thinking and I've beaten their prices by a considerable sum that will go towards enhancing our special holiday.  And if I take into account the cost of the ferry, motorhome fuel and a campsite or two I don't think that our Stateside trip will cost a whole lot more than our usual European jaunt.


9 comments:

  1. What a wonderful invitation, Julie. You have been very busy getting all the travel arrangements sorted. You are so right to forgo Brittany this summer for a whole new adventure which also involves some nostalgia. Hope you are having a good break although I’m guessing you will be back at work between the public holidays. Catriona

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  2. Good tips. As we'll bevlookung for flights for 5, from two different parts of US, we need to do some good planning.

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    1. Yes see if you can beat the flight comparison sites. It's a good challenge. xx

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  3. It sounds very exciting and the planning of it is all part of the great adventure for you both x

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    1. There's the planning and the memories afterwards. Both important. xx

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  4. You are obviously good at logistics! Well done m'dear.

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    1. I pride myself on being a bit canny! xx

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  5. Clever you.Outwitting Skyscanner.I love it.

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    1. Thanks. I was pretty pleased. More money for enjoying ourselves. xx

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