Thanks OP - just got back from 18 days with the family doing the whole road trip around California etc. Great price with the Quidco and only £25 flights to Paris to start the first leg. Managed to check my bags to LHR on the way back so happy days. BA service was great and a nice brand new Airbus A380 - all the meals and bags for no extra cost (not like Norwegian Airlines) There's no way I could afford these summer flights normally I reckoned you save me £3K+ big thanks from all the familly.
Yes, that sounds on the money, anything under £500 for direct is a decent price. Get looking on Hotwire for cheap hotels and Groupon.com for any attractions you're looking to visit over there!
Thanks for that. I have been using SkyScanner already, so I am happy that you back that up. I am going from Manchester, in late May. I have found direct flights for £450, over a 10 day period, which seems ok.
It all depends on the dates, where you want to fly from/to, how many people, and how much messing you're prepared to do. We got £300 flights to LA over Easter school holidays last year by starting in Copenhagen, whereas this year have paid a few quid extra to go with Air New Zealand direct from Heathrow. Skyscanner is your best friend for this - just keep plugging away with different dates and destinations, try the 'whole month' calendar (although it's not as accurate) and if you don't mind messing around, try starting the flight in OSL, DUB, ARN, APH, TXL, DUS, AMS, HAM, BRU - you need to start the flight at the origin on the ticket, but it's usually easy to ditch if you end up with a connection in Heathrow on the way home, as discussed above.
For a USA virgin, hoping to visit California later this year, can you give any recommendations for cheap flights? Probably outside of school holidays for 10 days or so.