I went and checked Cheaptickets.com. They have flights as low as $274 one way (plus taxes and fees). I CAN tell you that it DOES apparently matter WHEN you go. The further out you book your travel, the cheaper the tickets. I also searched on round trip as well as one way...and in many instances it was actually cheaper to book round trip than one way! I checked departure date of 10/1/2010 returning 10/19/2010.....taxes and fees are out of this world, but still found flights cheaper than you were quoted by over $300. Leaving September 1, increases your flight costs to about $700, but...still less thatn you found.
$251+ $356 taxes & fees = $607 USD per person Leave Fri, Oct 1 Lufthansa 6756 operated by Air Canada -- AC 0849 Depart: 3:00pm Arrive: 5:35pm London, United Kingdom (LHR) Toronto, Canada (YYZ) 1 stop in YYZ 7hr 35min | Boeing 777
Change Airline. Time between flights: 1hr 15min Air Canada 7995 operated by JAZZ Depart: 6:50pm Arrive: 9:07pm Toronto, Canada (YYZ) Dallas/Fort Worth, TX (DFW) 3hr 17min
Total duration: 12hr 7min
Return Wed, Oct 20 Air Canada 7996 operated by JAZZ Depart: 5:05pm Arrive: 8:52pm Dallas/Fort Worth, TX (DFW) Toronto, Canada (YYZ) 1 stop in YYZ 2hr 47min Change Airline.
Time between flights: 2hr 23min Lufthansa 6761 operated by Air Canada -- AC 0858 Depart: 11:15pm Arrive: 11:25am Toronto, Canada (YYZ) London, United Kingdom (LHR) 7hr 10min | Airbus A330 Total duration: 12hr 20min
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http://www.tripadvisor.com/ had a $690 (total) fee on September 1...It's funny (strange) because a one way ticket is over $700...so IMO, book round trip and then cash in the return ticket if possible...even if you don't, the price is still considerably cheaper than $990. Cheaptickets.com also had a round trip leaving 9/1 for 702 total.
I was VERY lucky - I found a flight on 8/17 - $836 total.
Looks like you need to book soon to get the best deal, but I think booking round trip is going to save you money in the end.
The closer to the current date, most definitely the prices get higher. If he can fly 'spur of the moment', you might try one of the
You have to work with the airline - usually they'll change travel dates for a minimal fee. I know when my (now) husband came over to the US a couple of years ago for a visit, he had purchased a round trip ticket as he had every intention of going home. Instead, we got married and he ended up staying. He got a partial credit on his trip that we used a year later.
Looks like he's going to have to pay a higher rate if he comes sooner. I would definitely advise making arrangements from the US end if possible. Making them in the UK is quite a bit more expensive for some reason.