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Cheapest European Departure Cities and American Arrival Cities
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Hello,
As the son of a United Airlines pilot I have managed to do a good bit of traveleing and have never spent a dime on an airline ticket. HOWEVER this summer I hope to travel with a friend of mine and United policy prevents companions (discounted tickets for employee friends) from flying out of European cities during the summer so I need to find a way to get him home cheaply. We intend to fly out of IAD into Barcelona on a flight owned by United but operated by another airline (I can’t remember which one at the moment) so I am in need of suggestions to find the cheapest return ticket. We live on the East Coast so any airport (JFK, EWR, Boston (don’t know the airport code), IAD, or BWI would work). I have read that flying out of London is generally cheapest but am curious if this is true and if it is where I should look to arrive. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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I am leaving from IAD with $7000 for 55 days
London, Hay-on-wye, Edinburgh, Dublin, Paris, Aix-en-Provence, Milan, Genoa, Rome, Naples, Florence, Venice, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Munich, Galway, Sperlonga, Balzers
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So you really just need a one-way ticket anywhere Europe to northeast US this summer, right?

Are you sure United will have a coded flight to BCN this summer? They do not currently; I only know because I’m going in May from Dulles myself, and was surprised to find this flight no longer exists. They do codeshare with Aer Lingus which operates their flights between Dulles and Madrid. Is that the one you meant?

Generally from NYC, BOS, WAS, PHL, CHI, MIA, MCO in that order, to DUB, LON, FRA, MAD, DUS, sometimes CPH, ROM, MIL, ZRH, GVA, MUC, STR — those tend to be cheapest, but you never know when a wild card gets thrown. United had CHI-GVA $454 peak season 2 summers ago on select dates, for example, a truly amazing peak season fare. Don’t hold your breath for anything like that this summer, however.

Look at Iceland Express for one-way flights back to Newark. However, your United buddy pass won’t much work with that airline.

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Wow, thank you for the information. What you have said seems to be what I am finding, I just wanted to hear it from a second person. It is the Aer Lingus flight that I was referring to. And yes, all I need to find is a cheap return ticket from Europe to the Eastern United States. Sounds like I’ll be looking to end the trip in London or Dublin.

I am leaving from IAD with $7000 for 55 days
London, Hay-on-wye, Edinburgh, Dublin, Paris, Aix-en-Provence, Milan, Genoa, Rome, Naples, Florence, Venice, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Munich, Galway, Sperlonga, Balzers
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Use the links in our new user thread pinned @top of this forum to check prices on various dates and routes. Consolidators are often cheaper on international one-way flights.