How Shopping in America can pay for your holiday flight to USA

British shoppers pay more than twice as much for the same goods as Americans, a Sunday Mirror probe found.

The savings are so great that families could do their shopping Stateside and save enough cash to cover most of the flights.

We compared items including gadgets, toiletries and clothes and found four in five were “significantly cheaper” in the US.

Designer jeans are £24 in New York but £70 in London while an Apple 13-inch MacBook Air is £229 cheaper across the Atlantic.

Shopping is so much cheaper in the US (Image: Getty Images)

Men’s 501 original fit jeans cost £85 in the UK but can be had for £30 in New York.

A Kate Spade bag is £178 in London but £52 less in the Land of the Free.

There is no sales tax on any item of clothing or footwear that costs less than $110 (£78.72) in New York.

Anything above this amount is subject to 8.875 per cent tax rate – but even with this items are still cheaper.

Experts put the difference down to lower business costs (Image: Getty Images)

Experts put the difference down to lower business costs and sales tax in the US, but said firms also know Brits will pay more.

The strengthening pound and heavy discounting in New York means Brit visitors, who have a £390 duty-free allowance, can save hundreds of pounds.

Andrew Brown of Post Office Travel Money said: “Sterling will stretch 12 per cent further than a year ago. And brands in the US are also consistently lower.”

Snap up these bargains

  • Levi’s women’s 710 Super Skinny jeans – New York £35.79, London £85
  • Levi’s men’s 501 original fit jeans – New York £30.85. London £51.15
  • Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant – New York £15.77, London £22
  • Victoria’s Secret Dream Angels Push-Up bra – New York £43.66, London £58.58
  • Abercrombie and Fitch Super Slim Jeans – New York £24.06, London £70
  • Apple 13-inch MacBook Air (128GB) – £720.99, London £949
  • Clinque Long Last Lipstick – New York £14.69, London £20.50
  • Converse men’s Chuck Tayor All Star high tops – New York £42.42, London £55
  • Kate Spade Cameron Street Clarise bag – New York £126, London £178
  • Gap Men’s jeans, Skinny Fit with GapFlex (vintage) – New York £35.20, London £49.95

How to make the weekly shop pay for your holidays

Almost half of flyers never redeem their air miles because terms and conditions are too restrictive.

Two-fifths of passengers think they need to shell out for too many flights before they can claim anything of value back,

That leaves an estimated 14 trillion of unclaimed points which could help pay for your next holiday as well as days out, event tickets and airport parking.

Norwegian has launched a new scheme for passengers to turn spending into free flights and perks.

Norwegian has launched a new scheme for passengers to turn spending into free flights and perks

The scheme, called Norwegian Reward, works like a cashback website where shoppers are given money back on online purchases and at big retailers like ASOS, John Lewis, M&S and Argos.

These are turned into cashpoints, each worth 10p, which can be used to claim flights including taxes, baggage or seat reservations.

The quickest way to benefit from the reward scheme is by booking flights with the low-cost airline with up to 20 per cent earned from every flight booked.

But points can also be accrued from almost 1,000 retailers, turning your weekly shop into a free holiday.

 

 

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