Watch as TPG U.K. reviews 5 different airlines on day flights from New York to London

Dec 6, 2019

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The TPG teams fly frequently across the Atlantic, and therefore often find ourselves feeling dazed and confused from the effects of jet lag. It affects us all in different ways, and many TPG frequent travellers have their own hints and tips about how to best survive a time change.

For many, flying a day flight from the U.S. to Europe is the best way to combat the effects of jet lag.

There are five airlines that fly day flights from New York to London, including American Airlines, British Airways, Norwegian Air, United Airlines and Virgin Atlantic. So, after a recent trip to New York for work, we thought we’d put them to the test to compare what it’s like to fly each one.

American Airlines

This time, it was Jean’s turn to fly American. His flight was the rather sociable time of 10:30 a.m. from New York (JFK) and was scheduled to arrive at 10:10 p.m. in London (LHR) on a Boeing 777-200 aircraft, flying as AA142.

For this one-way flight, you can expect to pay 22,500 AAdvantage miles + $5.60. Paying in cash, you can get a return trip from London to New York with American Airlines from around £310.

Jean loved his modern and varied IFE system and the speed of the reaction of the crew to the call button. He didn’t like the fact that he had to pay for the vodka in his Bloody Mary and that the age of the crew made him sceptical about how well they would be able to react in case of an emergency.

British Airways

Nicky flew the earliest departing of the day flights: BA178 from JFK to Heathrow, with a scheduled departure time of 8:05 a.m. and due to arrive at 7:50 p.m, operated by a 747.

You can expect to pay 13,000 Avios + £77 or upwards of £294 cash for a return ticket to take this flight.

Overall, he enjoyed his experience. His crew was very friendly and his well-selected seat at the back of the plane meant that he had more storage and fewer neighbours than he would have had in other seats in the economy cabin of the 747. His pain points included poor-quality headphones and a rather small second meal. Though, like many an AvGeek, he loved the look of the outside of his BA Boeing 747, though the interior of the cabin was showing its age.

Norwegian Air

Ben flew Norwegian’s Dreamliner in economy back across the Atlantic. His flight was DI7014 from JFK to Gatwick (LGW) with the latest departure of 11:20 a.m., arriving in London at 10:20 p.m.

One-way cash fares are as cheap as they come with Norwegian, and we paid £116.

Ben enjoyed the civilised, later departure time of 11:20 a.m. and was impressed by the legroom and snack box of sweets, which helped to pass the time. However, the experience was a little rough around the edges: the pre-ordered meals were tiny, his baggage took around an hour to arrive at Gatwick and the boarding process was a mess.

United Airlines

Liam flew United’s Boeing 767 from Newark (EWR) to Heathrow (LHR). His flight, UA934, departed at 8:30 a.m., with a scheduled arrival time in London of 8:35 p.m.

His ticket cost either 45,000 United Miles + $5.60 or £360 paying in cash.

The tasty and good selection of food and unexpected snacks throughout the flight as well as a well-stocked inflight entertainment were Liam’s favourite bits about the flight. However, the lengthy boarding process and lack of overhead locker space was a pain point. He found the crew to be unfriendly and there was no service button or even a light at his seat.

Virgin Atlantic

This year was the first time I’d ever flown Virgin Atlantic and was really happy when I found out I’d be flying the airline’s A330 as VS26 back from JFK to Heathrow. My flight’s scheduled departure time was 8:05 a.m., due to land in London at 8:05 p.m.

You can bag a one-way transatlantic flight from New York to London for 10,000 Flying Club miles + $149 or around £310 for a return paid in cash.

I really enjoyed the food on the flight, despite the fact that the main meal didn’t come until around half way through the flight after a very small breakfast. Make sure to have a hearty breakfast before taking this flight if you’re likely to be hungry. The crew were outstanding, not only catering to my strange food intolerances, but I noticed individual members of the crew going the extra mile for other passengers throughout the flight. The seat area was a little dirtier than I would have expected.

Bottom line

Day flights from North America to Europe can help reduce the effects of jet lag. If you’ve never tried them before, take our experiences and determine which airline would be best for you.

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