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Toronto Pearson to London Heathrow in December 2009?

by Prezzers

Greetings, folks! First time here, so I'll try to explain my query as clearly as I can. :-)

I'm asking on behalf of a friend who is planning on making a first-time trip to London, UK from their native Toronto, Canada. My question is: are there any cheap flight options available during December 2009 through January 2010? There is a very strict timeframe available to my friend, which only covers the latter half of December to the first half of January -- basically 2 weeks, with Christmas and New Year's thrown in.

This is the only occasion on which they'll be able to travel in the near future, so the timeframe given above unfortunately isn't flexible at all. It absolutely must run through late December to early January, over a period of 2 weeks. It seems as though Air Transat are seasonal and do not fly to London during the winter, and any other options such as non-direct flights are not feasible in this case (it has to be direct from Pearson YYZ to Heathrow LHR).

So, could any kind souls who know about these things -- or are planning on doing a Christmas trip to London -- offer any help for this? I know it's not exactly the usual thing to be flying during winter, but this is something that's been in the making for a long time.

Re: Toronto Pearson to London Heathrow in December 2009?

by yvr

Why don't you or your friend walk into a knowledgeable travel agency where the agent would have all that information at their finger tips and ask? One stop shopping and all your questions would be answered, rather than on here where you are now going to get many many suggestions which will probably do nothing but confuse you.

Re: Toronto Pearson to London Heathrow in December 2009?

by johngayton

Travelling that route to take in Christmas and New Year is probably the most expensive time of the year to do so. Having a quick glance at I see that pre-christmas flights are over $600 going out. However the following week that drops below $200 and the same for the return leg.

So if your friend is stuck with having to fly out pre-christmas and return just after the new year than there's not going to be many bargains to be had - rember this the time of year when families visiting.

Good luck with your searches though!

Re: Toronto Pearson to London Heathrow in December 2009?

by hawkhead

Try Used them a lot and absolutely no complaints!

Re: Toronto Pearson to London Heathrow in December 2009?

by leics

Check for cheapest fares for your dates.

Re: Toronto Pearson to London Heathrow in December 2009?

by leics

And yes, I'm afraid it is likely to be more expensive if they are flying around Christmas time......fares do rise substantially for that period.

Re: Toronto Pearson to London Heathrow in December 2009?

by Prezzers

Apologies for not being able to thank anyone for the responses sooner -- work has been an absolute nightmare this week, and I haven't managed to get online until now.

In any case, the warnings from you folks about the price I've found very helpful. I had an inkling that Christmas would be an expensive time to travel, but now it seems that it's become a definite. Fortunately I don't think money will be a huge issue for my friend (even though obviously they're rueing not being able to make the trip during the summer), but getting the best deal will be.

I'll let them know about Canadian Affair and see what comes about with that. From the looks of it, the latter do not have anything available for the timespan -- at least using their online system. We'll have to see what they say over the phone, but hopefully the less shopping around we'll need to do, the better (hence the aversion to simply "walking into a travel agency", since they'll only offer their own prices).

Travel Tips for London

Why is the Tower of London important?

by sunnywong

The most impressive and best-preserved medieval castle in any European capital, the Tower of London and its individual buildings are of outstanding architectural and artistic significance The Tower has also had a role in many events in world and British history and since its foundation in the 11th century has stood as a vital symbol of national identity. Its status as such is reflected in its designation as a World Heritage Site and a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

Villiers Street

by pedersdottir

Bearing the family name of the rather notorious Dukes of Buckingham, this road
connects the tube stops Embankment and Charing Cross. Running immediately east of the Thistle Charing Cross hotel, it is packed with interesting little eateries. Also houses a good pub or two.

Duck under the space-age triangle clock pictured here, and you can escape the rain while exploring shops in the cavernous arches that support the Charing Cross train station overhead.

Villiers Street provides easy access to the Victoria Embankment gardens.

London is a cosmopolitan mix

by Carmela71

London is a cosmopolitan mixture of the Third and First worlds.

Love to see so many languages and people around me... so many diferent cultures... is a place to be and just enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tower of London Ravens

by Bwana_Brown

An old legend has it that, as long as the Tower of London has Ravens resident in it, England is safe from invasion. This legend is tied back to medieval Welsh manuscripts that say before the British king Bran the Blessed (whose name in Welsh means 'raven') died after a battle with the Irish, he asked that his head be buried in Britain. Since it was buried near London as a talisman against invasion, a legend grew that the Ravens in the Tower of London were the keepers of the talisman. The British government now looks after the health of the eight resident Ravens (although England's safety was dicey when they were down to only two Ravens a few years ago!), whose feathers are cropped shortly after birth to ensure they don't get any travel urges!

Studies have shown that Ravens are actually the cleverest birds on the planet, about on a par with dogs in the intelligence category. They know how to use tools, can live to be about 40 years old and mate for life. I spotted these two having a conversation about the weather during my July, 1979 visit to the Tower.

The real Londoners are warm...

by coast2coast

The real Londoners are warm and friendly , eager to help and mostly genuine. Some of the people may seem aloof, but it's just the same as Paris or New York, people want their space in a big city ( or are just rude in some instances ) To Americans visiting I hope you have a great time, I have in your country . Money- the pound is also known as a 'quid' or Squid, denominations are coins 1 and 2 pounds. Notes ( US/ Can aka bills ) 5,10,20 and 50. 50 pound notes are uncommon and some places refuse to take them because they are the biggest target for forged money.


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