The Importance of Being Sept 20th

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We are barely into the bank holiday and already the airline sales are starting. It’s a little early as they usually start about the middle of September. Is it because they are nervous about passenger numbers during the slow Autumn period?
One sale at BA began a little while ago and has now ended but, to be honest, it wasn’t the most appealing sale in the world. Called Big Sale, Small Crowds it was more like small savings, why bother. Using the normal BA screen I managed to find trips in September at below the sale prices. And using other search engines I found cheaper fares so you’ve missed nothing. Yesterday it launched a new one called, The Holidays Going Going Gone Sale which lasts until September 20th. It doesn’t cover all their destinations and only applies to flights from London City, Gatwick and Heathrow but does include flights, in some case, up to the end of June next year. In others, it is only for flights up to the middle of December. The small print runs into inches so check first before you start the booking process otherwise you might not have a deal.
I looked at flights to New York and Orlando and both were cheaper than the sale that recently ended. Not by much, just £20 or so, Boston is the best deal at £360 return. In Europe, the best fare was £98 return to Barcelona. Watch the prices though because BA combines one-way and return tickets in the same column. If you wanted to go to popular holiday airports such as Faro in the Algarve, its £69 one-way and Geneva is £10 cheaper.
Its oneworld alliance partner, American Airlines also has a sale that lasts, coincidentally, until September 20th. Their Boston fare is more expensive. BA’s sister airline, Iberia has no such sales but its fare to Barcelona is only marginally more expensive
The Virgin Atlantic Sales has begun and surprise, surprise. It ends on September 20th as well! Its Boston fare is more expensive but it is about the same to New York. But it offers flights to Orlando for £378 return which is a keen price!
The airlines must have thought we had nothing better to do than spend our last weeks of summer thinking where we will go next. Some might but probably most of it just gone with enjoying the time and our holidays. Or wondering why September 20th is a vital day.

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