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Hi, a friend and I are interested in flying to Europe in July ’08 for a week. She is a native of Slovakia, so we’re trying to find the best deal to a nearby country. We would consider flying to Budapest, Vienna, Prague, but need some help finding the best deal. I know that July is high-season for Europe travel, but that seems to be the best time, when our schedules allow. So any tips for finding a good deal to one of these cities? We have a strong preference for leaving from Philadelphia, PA (PHL) but could possibly do Newark, NJ (EWR) if we can get a better deal. I tried orbitz from Philadelphia, so far it’s coming up at about $1000 each for a ticket. Any help please, is appreciated. Thanks, Greg

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I see Newark-Manchester $613rt total with www.virgin-atlantic.com (also try Orbitz and Cheaptickets to get this ticket).  From there, you could switch to www.skyeurope.com to Slovakia, which looks about $130rt currently.

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hey Don, thanks for replying. I checked both orbitz and the Virgin Atlantic websites for Nyc to London (couldn’t find Manchester as an option on the V.A. site), and the only fares i could find are $800 +. Could you please tell me how you found that fare for $613? And you checked for July right? Thanks, Greg

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Yeah, I checked July. Too bad you didn’t snag that fare right away. I checked the entire month (since you said “in July ’08 for a week”) with ITA. The routing was Virgin to Heathrow, then BA to Manchester.

Look at Skyeurope’s site to see where else they fly from, then try ITA with those cities from PHL;EWR.

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In any event, you can now get JFK-MAN for $571, if booked directly on the Air France web site for July 2-9 (and other dates).
 
This fare might disappear anytime, so if you’re interested, get it now.