Flights to the USA: practical information
Cheap airlines to the USA
If you're planning a trip to the USA, there is no shortage of choice for cheap flights to the United States with plenty of direct connections from the UK, particularly London. To find the cheapest flights to the US, try United Airlines, American Airlines, US Airways or British Airways. Holiday airlines will also offer seasonal discount, depending on the destination.
When to book flights to the USA
The US is huge so the climate differs greatly from region to region, state to state. If you're looking for the cheapest flights to the United States, it's a good idea to already be checking the prices six months in advance. One of the biggest selling points for holidays in the US is the among of choice you have: ski trips, beach trips, shopping excursions, mountain trekking, wine country and more.
- Peak season: Generally summer, although certain states have different peak times; July 4th and Thanksgiving weekend.
- Low season: Spring and fall.
Flight times to the USA greatly vary, depending on which part of the country you plan to visit. London - New York takes 8h while London - Los Angeles takes 11h 20min.
Experience the USA: what to see, what to do
Thanks to mass immigration in the 17th century, America features an eclectic mix of cultures and traditions. Top that off with some impressive natural landscapes, some vibrant and very happening cities and you've got a choice destination. It's huge though, so you'll have to narrow down where you'd like to visit while on holidays in the United States. Wherever you do, it's almost essential to get a car hire in the USA.
Essentials in the USA
New York City: We could use a whole slew of superlatives to describe this city. It's the centre of art, culture, shopping and world-famous monuments like the Statue of Liberty, Broadway, Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park and more. You could spend week trying to get to know this city.
Los Angeles: Skipping over to the west coast, Los Angeles is where all the hip and cool are these days. It is home to Hollywood and is your best chance at spotting a star or two while touring the studios. Don't miss smaller places nearby like Venice Beach and Malibu.
Washington DC: Soak up the history in the District of Columbia. Tour the White House and see if the president is at home. Get your photo taken at the Lincoln Memorial with good 'ol Abe. The Smithsonian is an essential stop as well.
Las Vegas: Totally iconic, what's a trip to the US without a stopover in Vegas to try your luck on the slot machines or at a Black Jack table. Even if you're not much of a gambler, Vegas as so much more to offer. It's the entertainment capital with live theatre, musical shows, enough Elvis impersonators to fill a plane and more.
Find more information on Discover America.
Accommodations in the USA
You'll find it all in the US when it comes to American hotels and accommodation. In big cities there is often a lot of choice but when you get out of town, you can often be left with choosing between the Holiday Inn or the Best Western. If you're doing an American road-trip, don't miss the opportunity to stay at a classic road-side hotel… just for the experience! If you've visiting during the holidays, make sure you book your hotel in the USA as far in advance as possible. Even NYC can book up completely.