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Old 02-21-2012, 06:08 PM   #1
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airfare to europe this summer

Anyone else having sticker shock??!! My daughter and I are going on the June 10th Central Italy trip and airfare from Denver is unbelievable. I was hoping to get a one-stop, especially on the way home, but we are looking at about $2,000 per person. I'm not sure if waiting is a good idea, but boy its hard to pull the trigger!
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Old 02-21-2012, 07:33 PM   #2
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I booked our air fare back in Sept for Nashville to Budapest, Munich to Nashville, for about $1700 and it's now about $100 less than I paid. But it's not a huge difference and it's better than worrying about it for months. We are going on a Tauck Bridges trip and last month Tauck sent out an offer that included airfare for any of their European trips for $1290 pp. I would have been upset about that, but our trip was already sold out, so no regrets there either. But the cost of airfare is painful and with fuel prices increasing it's probably not going to get any better.
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Old 02-21-2012, 08:29 PM   #3
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We are doing a Tauck tour this summer also and our airfare is about $1500.00 each out of Burlington, Vt. thru N.Y. to Budapest and return from Prague. I believe the fare will only rise after oil goes through the roof.We have already booked the Disney Magic out of Barcelona in 2013 and I'm afraid to start looking for that fare. The best you can do is hunt around and jump on a fare as soon as it seems reasonable to you. Good Luck.
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Old 02-21-2012, 10:12 PM   #4
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Anyone else having sticker shock??!! My daughter and I are going on the June 10th Central Italy trip and airfare from Denver is unbelievable. I was hoping to get a one-stop, especially on the way home, but we are looking at about $2,000 per person. I'm not sure if waiting is a good idea, but boy its hard to pull the trigger!
You only have the two of you to buy tickets for, so you may feel okay waiting for some sort of last minute deal. Other than that, I don't think prices are going to drop any time soon. And I don't know how much of an appetite you have for waiting til last minute. My advice would be to watch your prices every day. If you see a drop, grab them, they won't last.
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Old 02-22-2012, 10:41 AM   #5
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Anyone else having sticker shock??!! My daughter and I are going on the June 10th Central Italy trip and airfare from Denver is unbelievable. I was hoping to get a one-stop, especially on the way home, but we are looking at about $2,000 per person. I'm not sure if waiting is a good idea, but boy its hard to pull the trigger!
Hi PClaire,

We are doing the June 17th Central Italy trip. We are flying from Boston to Naples, then Rome to Boston on the way back. The best price we found originally was ~$1650 per person (there are 3 of us). By stopping in Dublin and staying overnight in Dublin and flying out the next day, we saved ~$500 per person in airfare. When I factor in the cost of the day in Dublin, I figure we still save ~$1000, and we get to see Dublin for a day or so. We are flying Aer Lingus. BTW- this didn't show up on Expedia or Travelocity. The option showed up on Kayak. We then ended up booking it with Expedia. Not sure on flights from Denver, but if you have the time, there may be a similar option.
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Old 02-22-2012, 12:36 PM   #6
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Hunt for the non-traditional

We had a similar experience as RSM. For our July 9 Viva Italia trip, flying into Rome & out of Venice, was exteremely expensive.

After quite a bit of on-line research, we found returning out of London was $500 less per ticket! Just applying for a British Airway VISA, earned us 30K miles, so our 4 tickets Venice-->London cost us $80.

Our ticket savings alone will finance 3 extra days in London before flying home!
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Old 02-22-2012, 02:06 PM   #7
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I am currently living near copenhagen and it is expensive to fly out of the smaller or the most popular airports. my tip for a cheaper airfare it to fly via london by booking a flight to london and then change to a budget airline like ryan air, easy jet, skyways etc. Sometimes you can also get a cheap flight via frankfurt. try using www.momondo.com since it will show you the whole month and you might find that you save big by flying 2 days earlier etc. july is expensive no matter what because europe is on vacation for the month.
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Old 02-22-2012, 03:44 PM   #8
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just a note about flying thru London...the three cruises we have been on in the Med. a number of fellow cruisers were with us had no luggage for it was lost in London. I try to avoid London when ever I can. Just paranoid....or like clean socks.
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Old 02-22-2012, 04:47 PM   #9
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Wow. I guess we were lucky. Three tickets for Philadelphia-Naples (via Brussels) and a non-stop Rome-Philadelphia return in June were only about $3,500 total on US AIr.
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Old 04-26-2012, 06:41 AM   #10
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just a note about flying thru London...the three cruises we have been on in the Med. a number of fellow cruisers were with us had no luggage for it was lost in London. I try to avoid London when ever I can. Just paranoid....or like clean socks.
I've flown into London numerous times and never lost luggage. Last year, we flew into Heathrow, stayed a few days and then flew out of London City airport (a great little airport) to Barcelona for the cruise. We used British Airways to Barcelona and Iberia (which was really a BA flight) back to London. The flights between London and Barcelona were pretty cheap. In fact, because we didn't have to pay for our checked luggage on British Airways, it was cheaper than the "budget" airlines like Easy Jet.
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Old 04-11-2012, 07:11 PM   #11
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My daughter and I are going on the Bella Italia ABD trip July 4th. Because July is the height of the tourist season airfare is higher. If I had planned a trip for say Feb. or April I could have paid about $900 per person. Last week Boston to Naples and Florence to Boston cost me $1150 each. I had been following Kayak and when the price dropped I booked it. A couple of weeks ago it would have cost me $1300 per person.
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Old 04-25-2012, 05:20 PM   #12
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I also got the awesome Aer Lingus deal and 4 of us are flying to London from Chicago for 3700 total dollars in June for a cruise. We are also stopping in Dublin for an 8 hour visit. We booked last year. I also got the British Air Visa and a free ticket the year before. It takes a lot of searching, don't give up!!
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