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WE’VE BEEN raving about the great tourist friendly exchange rates available for European visitors to the States for some time now and, with the launch of several new air routes to the US, there has never been a better time to discover America.
It can be a long flight over the pond when you’re crammed into an economy seat. However, if you fancy travelling in style without spending thousands, there’s good news – if you’re happy to travel via London.
Last month, Silverjet airline started operating a business class service to New York from Luton with return fares from just 799 pounds sterling. It is the third business-class-only airline to fly between Britain and the US. The other recent start-ups are Eos, which is at the first-class end of the market and MAXjet. These airlines all fly to New York, MAXjet also flies to Las Vegas (returns from 999 pounds sterling).
Hip new hotels
With the money markets on your side, why not take the opportunity to stay in one of the US’s many upmarket hotels, such as the recently revamped Gramercy Park Hotel in New York, The Standard on Miami’s South Beach or the critically acclaimed The James in Chicago.
Shop ‘til you drop
The great exchange rate makes shopping in US stores very tempting. For the biggest savings, head for factory outlet malls, such as Chelsea Premium Outlets, but remember that you are only allowed to import around 220 euros worth of purchases from a country outside the EU without having to pay tax and import duties, although this amount will double later this year.
Thrilling new rides
A huge number of European visitors head over to Florida every year to try out the world famous theme parks and, every year, Orlando’s parks compete to open the most thrilling new rides.
The best two to have opened recently are Walt Disney World’s Expedition Everest, an imaginative, adrenaline-pumping journey on a runaway train, and Soarin’, a simulated glide over Californian scenery. The big news this year is the opening of the Shuttle Launch Experience at the Kennedy Space Centre, in May, that involved an investment of 32 million pounds sterling. The promise is that the ride will recreate what it feels like to blast into orbit
With great value shopping, hotels and theme parks what are you waiting for? Call us at PDM today for more information on a wide range of US flights and holidays.