New York, New York
RAIL’s verdict: There doesn’t seem to be much evidence to support this extravagant claim from the Yorkshire Post that it’s cheaper to fly to New York than to buy an Open return train ticket from Whitby to London, quoted here as costing £313.
It’s not clear how ‘the Big Apple’ could be reached by plane for a lower price than that, with RAIL columnist (and former business editor) Philip Haigh being quoted a cool £1,580 for a single air fare from London, compared with £58 for an Off-Peak single from Whitby.
Barry Doe sums it up nicely: “This one is often tried on and is absolute rubbish. You have to compare like with like. In this case we’re being quoted a ratio based on the most expensive walk-on rail fare compared with the cost of the cheapest book-ahead flight - and even then I doubt it’s true.”