I don’t write often enough for the benefit of primarily European readers.
Well, this doesn’t work starting off in the U.S., you have to begin in London. But Delta has filed a £1 fare plus taxes and fuel surcharges for London to several US cities and back, I’ve found it so far to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington Dulles, Chicago, and Houston — United hubs. I did not find it for Newark, although for Newark and New York JFK I do see the lowest fare as US$68 plus taxes and fees. (I also did not find it for Cleveland or Denver.)
Here’s fare basis TPRGB for roundtrip London – San Francisco.
- Outbound travel must be October 18 through December 14, or December 25 through March 21.
- Earliest return is the first Sunday after departure.
- Must take Delta flights only.
- Fuel surcharges are $194 each way.
- Non-refundable, change fee is £100
The fare is widely available, here it is with a calendar for February and priced in US dollars.
Here’s a sample itinerary.
And here’s how it prices.
I love the 80 cents each way, the fuel surcharges are a killer, no?
This doesn’t look to me like a mistake fare, it’s coming up in very strategic markets, so probably a short-term fare war.
It’s not upgradeable and for those folks who would try to come up with ways to eliminate fuel surcharges from the ticket while end-on-end ticketing is permitted it appears to be allowed only with certain Skyteam carriers and with Alaska Airlines.
This is about 12,000 flown miles, at a decent price. And about as good as it gets, with a wide range of dates available, for folks over in Europe. Hope someone can use it!
Update: It’s a fare war, United now has similar fares into Delta hubs of Atlanta, New York JFK, Detroit, and Minneapolis (but not Memphis, Cincinnati, or Salt Lake City).