On October 28, American Airlines will become the first major airline to offer daily non-stop service to London Stansted, Europe's leading discount-airline hub.
The single-terminal layout of London's third major international airport makes it a much more convenient transfer point than either Gatwick or, especially, Heathrow; and with the most competitive routes and lowest fares by far to practically anywhere on the continent, it's a great gateway to Europe.
Fares from New York JFK currently start at a decent but hardly great $528 round-trip with taxes, about the average going rate to London, but this could change as the launch date approaches.
As we've mentioned before, Air Canada can get you there for about $75 less—but obviously not non-stop—and flying Zoom can save you $30. Also, keep in mind that there are better deals to be had to a number of other European destinations, many of which you will find on our New York page.