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Frank Petronio
12-Aug-2009, 22:54
Simply going from NYC to a hub in the EU, what's the best value with a real airline (not sitting on a charter or something sketchy)?

And when is the lowest point - bottom of the "off-season" that doesn't fall on a EU school vacation?

Blueberrydesk
12-Aug-2009, 23:44
Iceland Air used to be the cheapest I'd ever found, but I don't know what it's like now. The flights would go through Reyjavik (sp?) and on to Amsterdam or Copenhaven. I'm sure British Airways will be having a sale on airfare...they must be desperate for flyers by now.

http://www.icelandair.com/

eddie
13-Aug-2009, 02:44
use kayak.com

i got a RT NS flight from NYC to germany for $400. later io got a RT NS to paris for $500. germany is by far the cheapest place to fly into.

10/6-10/27 on delta.com was $500

same dates on kayak yielded $560 on continetal. both RT NS

i get the best deals from delta. YMMV

OH! check baggage restictions as well. maybe contiinetal has "free" bags. i know air france did. maybe check out the foreign carriers as they may not be as scummy as domestic. i wish they would just give the fares with bags included in the price already.

jb7
13-Aug-2009, 03:59
http://www.aerlingus.com

Greg Lockrey
13-Aug-2009, 04:24
Tour flights are very cheap but you are limited to specific dates of flights.

venchka
13-Aug-2009, 05:14
Last February Lufthansa was advertizing low fares on the radio in Houston. We spent 10 days in Belgium in February once. Tourists were scarce. I think all the locals had gone to Florida. Froze our tails off. No wonder air fares were cheap.

Renato Tonelli
13-Aug-2009, 08:41
Almost any airline during the Winter months. Bring your own heating system.:)

Nick_3536
13-Aug-2009, 08:45
If you're flying on to your real destination remember to include all the costs for the second leg. Airline,taxes and any transfers. You might be landing in the big London airport and then flying out of Stanstead. Which I doubt you'll walk.

Assuming you're carrying a camera check the carry on limits.

Scott Davis
13-Aug-2009, 09:18
Right now, with travel being in the state it's in, it's all cheap. In May of this year I got R/T from BWI to Barcelona for $500-ish on Delta, with a stop through Kennedy. The airlines are all but giving away flights now, so just pick a date and go. But Kayak is a good place to check, and FareCompare.com is another good option.

cowanw
13-Aug-2009, 13:11
You might look at air India or other long haul flights to the East. that go through Frankfurt or Amsterdam, and just book the short bit.
Regards
Bill

Blueberrydesk
13-Aug-2009, 13:58
Frank, I just saw this. Don't know if JetBlue does your preferred city in Europe, but I think they fly out of JFK and EWR.


"JetBlue's 'All You Can Jet' Deal"

http://travel.yahoo.com/p-interests-29488932;_ylc=X3oDMTFwdWFiY2E3BF9TAzI3MTYxNDkEX3MDMjcxOTQ4MQRzZWMDZnAtdG9kYXltb2QEc2xrA2pldGJsdWUtOC0xMy0wOQ--

HMG
13-Aug-2009, 19:03
My brother's been traveling frequently to Italy. Often it's best (cheapest) through Ireland. He's found a big difference in seating between Aer Lingus (OK) and United (violates the the Geneva Convention).

Ron Marshall
14-Aug-2009, 05:55
Frank, I just saw this. Don't know if JetBlue does your preferred city in Europe, but I think they fly out of JFK and EWR.


"JetBlue's 'All You Can Jet' Deal"

http://travel.yahoo.com/p-interests-29488932;_ylc=X3oDMTFwdWFiY2E3BF9TAzI3MTYxNDkEX3MDMjcxOTQ4MQRzZWMDZnAtdG9kYXltb2QEc2xrA2pldGJsdWUtOC0xMy0wOQ--

Only the US and Carribean, unfortunately. What a deal for someone who has the time!

Frank Petronio
14-Aug-2009, 06:49
Yeah you could just go on a tour taking portraits around the country.

Pete Watkins
14-Aug-2009, 09:20
I heard on the radio this morning that hire cars are in short supply in some European countries. Book one early.
Enjoy your trip.
Pete.

Darryl Baird
15-Aug-2009, 08:11
Frank, also include Newark Airport (EWR) in your kayak or sidestep searches. I had to go to UK last spring and found I could get from MI, through Newark to Bristol about $300-400 cheaper than through NYC. Same was true for London, but I was headed to the southwest part of the country anyway.

cowanw
16-Feb-2012, 11:19
On the other hand, not too many people book 2 1/2 years in advance.

Ben Syverson
16-Feb-2012, 11:48
There are some good deals if you surf on Kayak. As others have said, the best deals are in the winter / early spring.

I highly recommend NOT flying a US-based airline. It's only a matter of time before they start charging for cushions and bathroom use.

CantikFotos
19-Feb-2012, 16:36
I just tonite booked a ticket for my high school son to return to the Netherlands in late May. The cheapest ticket I found was on Icelandic. I go out of my way to avoid any US or UK airlines.

http://www.icelandair.us/

Frank Petronio
19-Feb-2012, 17:51
Geezum I've been to the EU and Asia 15x since I posted this question!

Ben Syverson
19-Feb-2012, 18:15
Holy crap, didn't realize I was piling on to an old thread!

cowanw
20-Feb-2012, 08:42
there was a guy trying to sell his travel agency starting (and renewing)on 4 threads at once

Bill_1856
20-Feb-2012, 08:48
https://www.google.com/#hl=en&sclient=psy-ab&q=youtube+cheap+flights&pbx=1&oq=youtube+cheap&aq=1&aqi=g4&aql=&gs_sm=1&gs_upl=4946l10423l0l13751l13l13l0l0l0l0l237l1758l1.10.2l13l0&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.,cf.osb&fp=75d6b10aab223001&biw=1280&bih=690