CHEAP Open-Jaw Flights to US, use them to make an amazing 19 day roadtrip sampling Route 66 for £864 each including car hire, flights and accommodation - HotUKDeals
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I LOVE roadtrips, so we've been messing around with some cheap openjaw flights we found earlier and we've put together this absolutely massive trip - You'll get to see Chicago, Phoenix, Grand Canyon, Vegas, historical route 66, California / LA .. see what you think!
As per the blog, if you're a more seasoned road tripper or want to do the whole route 66 from Chicago to California (2000 miles in 19 days) then ok! We'll put a couple more example routes in the blog later today. As we mentioned, this is a sample route and you might have some feedback on where else is great to stop off - we'd love to hear it :)

Also, if you're thinking about taking a trip like this, check out the member comments below as lots of members have tips on alternative routes

Dublin>Chicago LAX>LHR = £376.51 return
Start off flying into US with a 3 nighter in CHICAGO
Fly to Phoenix, Arizona
Drive North thru Coconino Forest to join.. ROUTE 66
Stay over for a couple of days at a 4* lodge in beautiful Flagstaff, perfect place to get busy with your camera as this scenic city is the gateway to The Grand Canyon!
Head over to Bullhead, experience Historical Route 66 as it weaves through amazing landscape and Mojave reserves. You're staying at a 4* on Colorado River. Beautiful.
Now, it might get messy, you're heading to Vegas Baby! Two nights @ 4* Hilton!
Stayover in Barstow California
Head into LA and spend a full week exploring the California Coastal Highway, hit the beaches, go surfing.. Relax or Adventure, up to you!
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4 Likes #1
Christ, you're good
#2
Personally wouldn't class this as a "route 66" trip as from flying from Chicago to Arizona you are missing quite a chunk of route 66 and some good sights along the way by flying that section
[Holiday Pirates] 3 Likes #3
NFS
Personally wouldn't class this as a "route 66" trip as from flying from Chicago to Arizona you are missing quite a chunk of route 66 and some good sights along the way by flying that section

Yeah, you're right, there are definitely options there for the hardcore road-trippers, you can skip the beach trip at the end and spend the whole trip on the road for sure :) We just wanted to highlight the flights and a route I already know pretty well to demonstrate how it could be done
2 Likes #4
who stays in Barstow?
#5
good deal but sadly wrong time of the year
2 Likes #6
Talk about misleading, this is not a route 66 trip.
2 Likes #7
Another "think about the commission, not about the customer" trip.

You might as well go to a travel agent if you're going to let someone rip you off somewhere.
#8
Maybe not the full Route 66 tour but still a good little deal IMO heat from me
#9
If your driving from Canyon to Vegas, then there a few places to stop off on the way, including the little town that film Cars was based on.
Its a long drive though. 6 Hours I think it took us excluding stops. Obviously you can stop off at the Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon West Rim & the Walkout balcony they have, etc. - not much of a scenic drive though. Just dessert.
#10
with holiday Pirates is it actually the price you pay what you see ?
#11
They are not agents, just showing you what they have found
#12
A great old section of 66 is from Kingman Az to Topock Az, via Oatman Az,over the Sitgreaves Pass well worth a slight diversion on the way to Las Vegas.
#13
Glad Holidaypirates have changed the title of the deal now. Better to stick with the cheap flights angle rather than try and cobble something together that makes no sense.

On another note though, flights are not from a UK airport which appears to be somewhat misleading.
[Holiday Pirates] 2 Likes #14
gerryt
A great old section of 66 is from Kingman Az to Topock Az, via Oatman Az,over the Sitgreaves Pass well worth a slight diversion on the way to Las Vegas.
Thanks gerryt! That's great feedback :)

jaypr
Glad Holidaypirates have changed the title of the deal now. Better to stick with the cheap flights angle rather than try and cobble something together that makes no sense.
On another note though, flights are not from a UK airport which appears to be somewhat misleading.

Sure, I mean we mentioned at the start that it was only an example. The problem we have over on Holidaypirates when we post open-jaw flights sometimes is that some of our followers are experienced travellers and just want the prices so they can make their own route, others aren't so experienced and want to see examples, hotels and whatnot. We're doing what we can to satisfy both parties and it's not always an easy balance to strike.
Travel is such a diverse subject to blog about, some people are happy with a week on a beach in Europe, others want to be backpacking in Patagonia or hopping around Asia. So, some of our examples might appear to be the "soft" option for hardcore travel fans, whereas for others, 19 days touring around America would seem exciting but at the same time potentially overwhelming. So anyway, I'm rambling.. I hear you on the feedback re Dublin, it's clear on the blog but I've also made sure the whole route is mentioned in the HUKD header too. Thanks for your feedback!
3 Likes #15
bojangles
If your driving from Canyon to Vegas, then there a few places to stop off on the way, including the little town that film Cars was based on.
Its a long drive though. 6 Hours I think it took us excluding stops. Obviously you can stop off at the Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon West Rim & the Walkout balcony they have, etc. - not much of a scenic drive though. Just dessert.
i love dessert - sherry trifle for me
#16
billybob59
who stays in Barstow?

Funny you should ask, was oogling / reminiscing on this just the other day :

http://boingboing.net/2014/06/17/barstow-hotels.html
#17
great stuff ankh! I have been to Barstow many times, usually for coffee and to refuel.
2 Likes #18
Holidaypirates

Sure, I mean we mentioned at the start that it was only an example. The problem we have over on Holidaypirates when we post open-jaw flights sometimes is that some of our followers are experienced travellers and just want the prices so they can make their own route, others aren't so experienced and want to see examples, hotels and whatnot. We're doing what we can to satisfy both parties and it's not always an easy balance to strike.

Perhaps your issue with HolidayPirates content is you maybe still have an HUKD mindset. To me the deal (if you can really call it that as they are open JAW) to be posted on HUKD is the cheap flights - the rest of the post is filler which will get debated and critiqued no end.

Is HolidayPirates a travel blog or just a site to post travel deals? Maybe you need more travel blog posts (ie Wow some open JAW flights - this is what you can do with them) to go along side travel deals (ie Wow some cheap open JAW flights).

Then just post the good deals here.
#19
So miss Route 66, roll on September 2015, to go again, this deal is superb, i would recommend driving the whole route and try not to miss out
#20
dont for get to factor in around $400 for one way drop off of the car
#21
eslick
dont for get to factor in around $400 for one way drop off of the car

Pretty sure this does not apply to hire between Cali, Arizona & Nevada
#22
Always wanted to do Route66
#23
mrbeeks
So miss Route 66, roll on September 2015, to go again, this deal is superb, i would recommend driving the whole route and try not to miss out

Can I ask why you say that?

I know plenty of Americans born and bred who've done route 66 and say it's nothing to write home about, for the most part it's pretty boring. From this point of view, I don't really understand why Brits and Europeans get so giddy about it. I've done an east coast American road trip btw so I'm no stranger to the concept of a road trip

Edited By: SocialAssassin on Jul 01, 2014 12:12: .
banned#24
Out of my league, looking at 5 or 6 grand for a family including food, spending money, passports, fuel , extras.
#25
SocialAssassin
mrbeeks
So miss Route 66, roll on September 2015, to go again, this deal is superb, i would recommend driving the whole route and try not to miss out

Can I ask why you say that?

I know plenty of Americans born and bred who've done route 66 and say it's nothing to write home about, for the most part it's pretty boring. From this point of view, I don't really understand why Brits and Europeans get so giddy about it. I've done an east coast American road trip btw so I'm no stranger to the concept of a road trip

3 lads and roadtrip = good times and great fun meeting so many different people and also becoming great friends, plus if you do Route 66 including old roads its more exploring and a great experience. Plus as youre aware different way of Life in the USA and meeting peeps who have great stories over beer is awesome
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SocialAssassin
mrbeeks
So miss Route 66, roll on September 2015, to go again, this deal is superb, i would recommend driving the whole route and try not to miss out

Can I ask why you say that?

I know plenty of Americans born and bred who've done route 66 and say it's nothing to write home about, for the most part it's pretty boring. From this point of view, I don't really understand why Brits and Europeans get so giddy about it. I've done an east coast American road trip btw so I'm no stranger to the concept of a road trip



I've travelled Route 66 and I loved it but got the same response from the locals I met along the way asking what the fascination was. For me, it was the history of the road and places it passed through along with the quirkiness along the roadside and people you meet. There are a lot of interesting stops and I wouldn't hesitate to do it again. Visiting places like Oatman might be nothing special if seeing wild burros is an every day occurrence, but it's not an every day sight for Brits.
#27
eslick
dont for get to factor in around $400 for one way drop off of the car

Pretty sure this does not apply to hire between Cali, Arizona & Nevada
#28
Bowler_man
eslick
dont for get to factor in around $400 for one way drop off of the car

Pretty sure this does not apply to hire between Cali, Arizona & Nevada

depends, most are for Florida and California rentals only but best to check the small print, $400 plus tax is a big hit when you are booking cheap holidays.

Edited By: eslick on Jul 01, 2014 13:50
#29
Musician
Out of my league, looking at 5 or 6 grand for a family including food, spending money, passports, fuel , extras.

plenty of trips for that price to the US, takes a while but can be done very easily.
#30
eslick
Bowler_man
eslick
dont for get to factor in around $400 for one way drop off of the car

Pretty sure this does not apply to hire between Cali, Arizona & Nevada

depends, most are for Florida and California rentals only but best to check the small print, $400 plus tax is a big hit when you are booking cheap holidays.

Depends on what?
Bowler_man is right.
I have hired one-way using Hertz, Alamo, and Dollar between states of Arizona, Nevada, California many times. I have never had to pay one-way surcharges.
banned#31
eslick
Musician
Out of my league, looking at 5 or 6 grand for a family including food, spending money, passports, fuel , extras.

plenty of trips for that price to the US, takes a while but can be done very easily.

I think you misunderstand, I mean this trip for my family would cost 5 or 6 grand. Personally I don't think we could go much over 2 grand for a holiday and that would be once every 2 years. I have different priorities.
#32
grantshel
They are not agents, just showing you what they have found

and taking commission so not so different
#33
HardDriver
eslick
Bowler_man
eslick
dont for get to factor in around $400 for one way drop off of the car

Pretty sure this does not apply to hire between Cali, Arizona & Nevada

depends, most are for Florida and California rentals only but best to check the small print, $400 plus tax is a big hit when you are booking cheap holidays.

Depends on what?
Bowler_man is right.
I have hired one-way using Hertz, Alamo, and Dollar between states of Arizona, Nevada, California many times. I have never had to pay one-way surcharges.

Depends on the hire company, if they don't charge a drop off fee separately they charge it on the rental so you pay it anyway, means would cost more to rent than from picking up dropping off at location

Info incase anyone needs it

National

National Car Rental offers the best in comfort, style and choice – whatever your budget. Best of all, one-way fees are FREE for the following US trips:

• Within the state of Florida
• Within the state of California

For other unlimited distance one-way rentals, National charge a fixed amount of $399 + tax paid locally. We work hard to keep this the best price amongst car rental companies in the US and keep things simple.

Alamo same company as national
Which US coastline is better – east or west? Both offer a definitively American experience while remaining unique. With that in mind, one-way fees are FREE for many journeys within Florida and California. If you’re travelling outside of Florida and California, a one way fee will apply. Simply fill in your location details and travel dates, then go through to step 3 to see your quote.

Hertz

• Competitive rates with no separate Drop-Off Fees. Charged in rental cost

Dollar not shown but plenty of mentions

Avis charged in rental cost.

Edited By: eslick on Jul 01, 2014 21:04
#34
Yeah, cheers Ken Barlow.
#35
I'm looking for cheap flights for 30th august or 1st September to Chicago (1 person).

Also I need an all inclusive (or just flights and apartment near a beach)to a hot place in the us in oct/nov for 2 people.

pls help me as I can't seem to find anything cheap

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