Off to see the queen? Air New Zealand has L.A.-London nonstops on sale

Off to see the queen? Air New Zealand has L.A.-London nonstops on sale

Spend enough time on “the official website of the British Monarchy” and you’ll suddenly have a hankering to immerse yourself in all things royal. My favorites are the adorable pictures of Queen Elizabeth II at age 2, looking very Shirley Temple. Each year the queen opens parts of her Buckingham Palace home to visitors for just eight weeks in late summer and fall – the latter a perfect time to take advantage of lower fares and post-peak crowds.

Deal: Air New Zealand is offering a $778 round-trip airfare (plus taxes and fees) on nonstop flights between Los Angeles (LAX) and London (LHR). This fare requires passengers to travel on Mondays through Wednesdays; add an extra $30 each way for travel on other days of the week.

When: You buy your tickets by May 12 for travel between Sept. 10 and Oct. 20.


Off to see the queen? Air New Zealand has L.A.-London nonstops on sale

Tested: I tried to find this fare online with September dates and was pleasantly surprised to find a slightly lower-priced ticket. (Air New Zealands website states that “some days with lower airfares are offered” but “there are not enough seats to advertise.”)

On a test booking for a Sept. 13-20 round trip, I found a $749 fare, or $911 with taxes and fees. In scanning other September and October dates, I found good availability for the $778 round-trip fare and limited choices at the $749 rate. As a comparison, fares on the same flights two weeks earlier – leaving Aug. 30 and returning Sept. 6 – cost $1,123, plus tax.

Contact: Air New Zealand, (800) 262-1234

Royal tour: You can tour the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace from July 27 to Oct. 1. Adult admission is $26. For $46, you can tour the State Rooms plus the Royal Mews and the Queen’s Gallery.  Contact: The Royal Collection, 011-44-20-7766-7300

– Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger

Photo: (top): Take a spin to London from Los Angeles in late summer and fall with low fares from Air New Zealand.  Credit: Chris Erskine / Los Angeles Times

Photo (bottom): The State Rooms of Buckingham Palace are open between July 27 and Oct. 1.
Credit: Jessica Erskine

By LA Times

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