Fall means more than football season and going back to school. It means reduction on summer travel prices and the beginning of the deal season for travel to Europe. That said, deals to London become even less expensive than last month. Whether you're looking to rent an apartment for an easy week of carefree living with a real English garden or take an independent trip to the city and countryside, there's a travel deal available to you.
Go Today (tel. 800/227-3235; www.gotoday.com) just announced a London Supersaver Package starting at $499 out of New York's John F. Kennedy Airport. In addition to round-trip airfare on American Airlines, the trip also includes six nights in a choice of hotels, daily breakfast, airline fuel taxes, and all local hotel taxes and service charges. You need to book this deal by September 25, 2006 to secure the low prices. The $499 package is good for travel from January 3 to February 22, 2007. Other departure cities are available such as Boston ($519), Philadelphia ($579), Atlanta or Dallas/Ft. Worth ($619), Los Angeles or San Francisco ($679), Miami ($679), and Seattle ($799). Prices go up slightly during other departure periods such as November 1 to December 14, 2006, February 23 to March 7, 2006, and March 8 to March 25, 2007. Additional surcharges of $25 each way apply if you depart Friday through Sunday, and expect an add-on of $124 for air taxes and security fees. At the budget level, the Apollo Hotel is adjacent to the Queensway Underground Station and just a half-mile from the Paddington Train Station.
For Wednesday and Thursday departures from November 2006 till March 2007, Gate One Travel (tel. 800/682-3333; www.gateonetravel.com) has a six-day vacation package that leaves you all on your own for just $479. The London package includes round-trip airfare out of New York City, four nights of lodging, daily breakfast, and airline fuel charges. The below $500 pricing is available after the first of the year with January and February 2007 departures. A six-day add-on to Paris to extend your trip costs $699 over the same period of time. Sightseeing excursions are also additional, costing $51 for a tour of London's West End and Westminster Abbey and $39 for a Jack the Ripper tour that comes with a Thames river trip. A day trip to Stonehenge costs $102.
To rent an apartment in the London vicinity, Coach House London Vacation Rentals (tel. 011 44 20 8133-8332; www.chslondon.com/vr) is your home away from home with an incredible array of apartments and full scale homes ranging from studios in Chelsea to large houses in Knightsbridge. With an updated website focusing on people and service, Coach House males you feel like your London stay is in one of your own second homes. A typical renting option includes a studio in South Kensington with views from the ninth floor starting at just £150 per night for a week's reservation. Even less expensive, Coach House has its own bed and breakfast with rooms available for just £33 per evening.
For a New Year's fling in London, Virgin Vacations (tel. 888/937-8474; www.virgin-vacations.com) has a package deal available for $769 that must be booked by September 29, 2006. The six-night deal with lodging at the luxurious Millennium Knightsbridge near Harrods also includes round-trip air, hotel taxes, and daily breakfast. You'll have to find the New Year's fun yourself. Full payment is due one-day after booking for this trip that departs on December 26, 27 and 28, 2006. A three-night London package is also available starting at $499 good for travel from November 1 to December 19, 2006.
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