Travelers flying from the USA to the UK have dozens of airport combinations available. The cheapest flights from the US to the United Kingdom will depart from the East Coast of the US and land in London, and there are many nonstop routes available.  You can also fly into another European capital and take a low-cost flights from that city to London.

Airport choices

Flights from the East Coast of the US to the UK will be cheaper than those from the South and West. You’ll also have the option of a direct flight, which is less than seven hours long from New York.

The United Kingdom is served by several airports, which makes flying easy and often quite affordable. The main airport is London Heathrow, which is where most international flights arrive and is usually the cheapest gateway. Several low-cost carriers also fly between London and other European cities, so it may be cheaper to fly to another capital and then connect to your final destination. Additional airports in the UK include, Manchester, Glasgow, and Edinburgh.

When flying out of USA there are plenty of airports to choose from, many of which offer direct flights to London. You can most easily find cheap, direct flights from the USA to the UK at  JFK , at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, or Dulles in Washington, DC. Nonstop flights are also available from many other major American cities, though they may be more expensive than those with a layover on the way.

Best airline choices

Direct flights to the UK from the USA are offered by the following airlines:

  • Delta
  • American Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • United
  • Air India
  • Air New Zealand
  • Continental

Typical prices

The ticket prices for flights to the United Kingdom from the USA vary according to the season, with the lowest prices being offered during winter, late fall and early spring. At these times, you can often score cheap tickets from the US to the UK for as low as $300-$400 per person from New York, DC, or Chicago. The highest fares can always be found during the peak season: June, July, August and September. During these times, expect to pay anywhere from $600-$900 from the East Coast and more from other areas of the US.

Money saving tips

Check the discounted websites but remember that not all of them list the European low-cost carriers. You can compare the options on sites such as Expedia, Travelocity or Priceline but for the cheapest European flights you need to check Skyscanner or check the websites of individual budget carriers – sometimes the prices are a bit lower when you book directly with the airlines.

Prices will be much lower if you connect in an East Coast hub like New York or Boston, or in Chicago. If your final destination is a city other than London, it’s usually cheaper to fly in here and then take a low-cost flight to your final destination.