By Meredith Carey. Photos: Getty.
The news that British Airways' legroom will soon be worse than Ryanair's isn't very comforting, but since that's only for select short-haul flights, these $400 round-trip flights are looking sweeter by the second. Available through the summer and fall, when flights are usually around $800 (or more) on full-service airlines, these fares from 10 cities across the U.S. are giving us even more reasons to visit London this year. If you live in or near Boston, Ft. Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Oakland, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Francisco, or San Jose, keep an eye out for this deal, which ranges from $400 to $550 roundtrip.
Not only is the exchange rate still favorable to the U.S. dollar, but the available dates also overlap with a few events that have caught our eye. Anglophiles can grab a fascinator and head to the Royal Ascot in late June. For Harry Potter fans, the British Library is opening "Harry Potter: A History of Magic," an exhibition inspired by wizarding studies at Hogwarts. Tickets go on sale in April and the exhibition launches in October. And even fans of football—the American kind—can find a reason to head to the British capital in October, when the New Orleans Saints, St. Louis Rams, Miami Dolphins, and Arizona Cardinals swap Wembley Stadium's soccer nets for goal posts.
The date range for departures on this deal vary by origin city but generally you can find these fares from April to June and late August through January 2018, excluding Thanksgiving and Christmas, according to Scott Keyes of Scott's Cheap Flights. The flight guru also thinks these will last a few days. That said, they are likely to sell out, so don't sit on a deal you like.
To book: Use Google Flights and its handy calendar feature to find dates that work from your departure city. Make sure to exclusively select British Airways if you want to weed out the budget airlines and look for fares highlighted in green, which are the lowest the search engine could find. Fares will be slightly higher here but Keyes has a few tips to lower it even more. If you have a personal Chase credit card, you can get an extra 10 percent off British Airways flights, by using CARDOFFERU at checkout. If you don't have a Chase card, you can join AARP (even if you're not a senior citizen) for a $65 fare discount.
This story originally appeared on Conde Nast Traveler.
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