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Thought it would be worthwhile starting up a thread that could serve as a forum for travel queries and discussion.

e.g. where does everyone springboard to/from when crossing countries? My fiancee is in South Carolina, so thus far I've been doing a London - New York leg ahead of an internal flight down the East coast (usually La Guardia - Myrtle Beach).

Never sure if there might be a better way, but flights to places like Chicago and Tucson always seem more expensive than NY.

I need any tips I can get at the moment, really. Seems like I'll be looking at a mid-July flight but the summer prices are extortionate - even budget airline Iceland Express' staple flight (Gatwick to Newark via Reykjavik) has been hiked from £140 to £270 (and, in some cases, even £399).

Any advice much appreciated :thumbs:

Feel free to keep this thread updated with questions, deals and reports of your own, too.

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Obviously London is the obvious choice. However, when I was living in Coventry I flew from Birmingham a few times, as the increased flight cost was offset by only having to pay £3 to get to the airport.

My first stop in the US was generally Newark, although I've also flown via JFK, Canada, DC, and Charlotte. My first trip over was to Texas, but after that my destination was always Richmond: sometimes I would fly to Richmond, other times I would stop in DC (the latter sometimes being a direct flight and sometimes not). Sometimes the extra cost to get to Richmond wasn't worth it, but other times the drive from DC wasn't worth the monetary savings. Whilst I was visiting I was very price conscious, but now that I live here we will probably try to just fly from Richmond in the future :-) I think you have to be open to all the different possibilities: what is best one month may not be the best option next time you travel. My most expensive flight was when I flew in August. We married in July, then had to separate, and I wasn't willing to wait longer for a cheaper flight :-)

It would make sense that New York would be the cheaper route, as it is closer, but sometimes there are cheaper flights going out east. Sometimes.

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If I can I always fly to Dallas or LAX, I've gone through other airports before and I find these two make life that bit easier

I also tend to book direct with America Airlines, and I'm hoping to have earnt enough loyalty miles to pay for my one way ticket out there with them as a result.


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Im a Kayak girl, although i need to pick one airline really so i can build up some airmiles!

I fly to either Albuquerque or Denver. Denver's normally direct, which is fantastic.

Ive stopped over in a bunch or places.

Good ones have been:

Washington Dulles

Chicago

LAX

Denver

Houston

Bad Ones:

Dallas (only because its so ridiculously big I always get lost!)

Atlanta (probably prejudiced because i got pulled into secondary)


Nick (USC) and Amy (UKC)

03/08 - Met at University in Albuquerque, NM

08/08 - Back to UK for a few years of travelling UK>US!

10/10 - Wedding Day!

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11/16/10: I-130 package mailed

11/18/10: Express Mail tracking shows delivered

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03/17/11: Touched

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141 days from NOA1 to NOA2

NVC

27/04/11: Emailed Choice of Agent form

~{gap as I spent the summer in England}~

03/11/11: Paid AOS and IV fees

04/11/11: AOS and IV fees shown as PAID

08/11/11: AOS Packet sent

09/11/11: IV Packet sent

18/11/11: RFE received requesting AOS packet (which had already been sent)

21/11/11: RFE received requesting 2010 tax return

22/11/11: Sent 2010 tax return

29/11/11: CASE COMPLETE!!!

26 days through NVC

EMBASSY

10/12/11: Medical @ Bentnick Mansions

30/01/12: Interview @ 9am [APPROVED!!]

01/02/12: Passport with visa inside, and medical packet arrive via courier

02/03/12: Flight to Denver!

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I usually buy direct from the airline's web sites.. however...

In February when I moved from the UK to the US, I got a great deal off STA Travel's web site for a one way ticket (LHR - LAX) that was just over 200 pounds. The same ticket if I would have purchased off BA's website was £900 something.

My fiance's moving in June and his ticket was around £320, LHR - LAX. Again - used STA.

Thought it would be worthwhile starting up a thread that could serve as a forum for travel queries and discussion.

e.g. where does everyone springboard to/from when crossing countries? My fiancee is in South Carolina, so thus far I've been doing a London - New York leg ahead of an internal flight down the East coast (usually La Guardia - Myrtle Beach).

Never sure if there might be a better way, but flights to places like Chicago and Tucson always seem more expensive than NY.

I need any tips I can get at the moment, really. Seems like I'll be looking at a mid-July flight but the summer prices are extortionate - even budget airline Iceland Express' staple flight (Gatwick to Newark via Reykjavik) has been hiked from £140 to £270 (and, in some cases, even £399).

Any advice much appreciated :thumbs:

Feel free to keep this thread updated with questions, deals and reports of your own, too.


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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: England
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I use lastminute or sta, or even the aa website.

I always fly with aa and now i have enough airmiles for a one way flight for when i move in oct


MAY 1ST 2010: Met on night out in Fort Worth, TX.

SEP 24TH 2010: Ben 2 Week visit to Dallas

OCT 29TH 2010: Ashley 2 week visit to England.

DEC 25TH 2010: Ben 2 week visit to Dallas.

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JAN 11TH 2011: NOA1 Hardcopy received in post (NOA1 Date: January 6th 2011)

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APR 15TH 2011: Ben 2 week visit to Dallas.

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MAY 31ST 2011: NVC RECEIVE - Given LND Case Number

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