London Calling: “Cheap, Cheap”


Who says you have to be a millionaire to travel to London during the 2012 Summer Olympic Games?

While American gymnast Gabby Douglas’s individual all-around gold and Michael Phelps’s history-making performance in the pool have been priceless moments during the London Games, word has it that frugalistas can score huge travel deals to the host city before the Olympics end.

Delta Vacations just announced a major summer sale on London vacation packages. One features a flight from New York to London plus hotel accommodations for just $2,200 per couple. The catch: The deal is only good for travel from August 7-11, 2012. However, you will be treated to a nonstop flight and three nights at a moderately-priced hotel in tourist-friendly central London.

United Airlines is also slashing prices on fares to London prior to the Olympics Closing Ceremony on August 12th. United Vacations is offering nonstop flight and hotel package deals from Washington’s Dulles Airport for about $2,000.

This is a huge money-saver considering nonstop flights alone from the East Coast and Chicago to London typically run about $1,500 this time of year. In other words, by booking one of these package deals you only have to shell out about $500 for accommodations, which breaks down to roughly $167 per night at a clean and conveniently located hotel—-at the height of the world’s most watched sporting events. Talk about a travel steal. Also, consider that the Games’ popular track and field events are still to come.

Another incentive: London airfare/hotel packages were priced close to $5,000 prior to the kick-off of the London Games. Now that we’re halfway through the Olympics, London tourism officials say local theater and museum visits are way down because visitors are preoccupied with the Games. Consequently, admission prices to some of London’s most iconic attractions are being temporarily reduced to entice guests.

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Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.