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Flights to the USA

Getting a flight to the USA is pretty straightforward. It's one of the top flight destinations from the UK and Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, and isn't exactly short on international airports.

Buying Flights

Prices vary depending on when you go and obviously where you go. Around November to March is the low season (with the notable and very expensive exception of the Christmas season and the winter resorts), and prices are a bit cheaper than for the rest of the year. However, whatever the time of year, there are usually bargains to be had. The simplest, easiest and cheapest way to buy flights to the US is to buy them on the Internet. Before you do so, you can research the prices through comparison websites online.

Main International Airport in the USA

There are many airports in the US, the main international airports are listed below (you'll probably have to change if you want to fly to a smaller city).

  • Honolulu
  • San Francisco
  • Washington DC
  • Boston
  • Miami
  • Dallas-Fort Worth
  • Seattle
  • Houston
  • Chicago
  • New York
  • Newark
  • Atlanta

As a rough guide, flights from the UK to the East Coast take around 7 or 8 hours, and 12 to 13 hours to the West Coast.

Read more about flying to your gap year destination in our Plan Your Gap Year section.