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Note: This thread was started on November 3, 2009. Sale fares come and go—sometimes very quickly. Scroll to the end for the most recent fares.

I used ITASoftware.com to find cheapest round-trip (RT) flights from North America to Europe summer 2010. I set stay to 20-21 nights. Fares shown include taxes and are subject to change until booked and confirmed.

First up… I see a nice early summer sale out of Boston with airline Swiss. For example…

BOS FRA 693 Swiss outbound by June 9
BOS ZRH 676 Swiss “
BOS DUS 679 “
BOS MUC 701 “
BOS NCE 696 “ by June 2
BOS BUD 695 “ by May 27
BOS CPH 708 “ by May 28

More coming in the future when I have time to hunt fares. Please feel free to add any bargains you find for summer 2010 to this thread.

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I noticed last night that Swiss has LAX-ZRH non-stop for $758 outbound by June 3.

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MIA MAD $613 Iberia — nonstop flights showing at this price May, June, July, August — a very good price for summer. ITA shows it $628, but Orbitz found it for $613.10 r/t total.

MIA or FLLZRH 720 USAir — outbounds from early August

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These fares seem excellent. I just paid as much to fly r/t from Cincinnati to Minneapolis.

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EWR-FRA $677 on Air France, outbound early June, or in July (just not late June)

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I’m booking this weekend

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I’m booking this weekend

From where to where? Find a good deal?

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LAS FRA 807 Condor outbound by June 10
IAH BER 857 KLM “ June 2

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JFK-DUS $636 on Air Berlin by June 3

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LAX-DUB (Dublin, Ireland) for Jun 16-July 28 is $411, or $781 incl taxes – bmi. This was found on studentuniverse.com, and isn’t showing up on the bmi website, unfortunately. (So I can’t take advantage of it because I’m not yet a college student, hmph!)

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Studentuniverse, STA, Travelcuts often have “youth” tickets (under 25 regardless of student status) for similar prices.

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Well this doesnt seem quite as good but I thought I’d post. This is from Toronto and Canadain prices always seem a little higher but exchange rate is pretty good right now. This is Iceland air 1 way Toronto to Munich CAD 516. then Canadian affair buying from the UK London to Toronto = CAD 384 total of $900 return end Beginning of August until September 1.

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wow. those are cheap tickets, We just bought our ticket and i thought we were getting a good deal, weve been loooking for tickets for weeks. its just going up,, so when we found one for 1,090.00 we bought them.. well its exciting to know that we already have bought them and dont have to worry about the ticket now.. now we can start booking hostel and couch surfing stays and hotels. And now we can buy our eurail pass. Smile

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Air India’s showing Toronto-London many summer 2010 dates currently on offer for C$722 round trip total with taxes and fees.

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Thanks Don, I checked this out. Does anybody have first hand info on this airline. Thanks

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I found fares for $613 from JFK to DUB until of June 24, 2010 duration of trip until Sep 1. To get this fare you must use the itasoftware website. When entering the destination city of dub, click on the drop down button for any airport within 300 miles. The return flight makes a stop in Dublin from LON and that’s where you board. Because the flight does not originate in Dublin it is for w/e reason cheaper.

Any variation in dates after June 24 and before Sep 1 puts you in the 700 range. Still cheaper than a lot of places

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A response to DannyC64s tip above… ITASoftware does not do bookings, so try the exact same route with Orbitz.com or direct with the airline. Also, you can not board a connecting flight at the connecting city. Whenever you no-show any portion of a ticketed flight itinerary, the rest of it gets cancelled automatically. Showing up in Dublin when a flight started in London will not provide you the all-important boarding pass. They’re going to say you were a no-show in London, and if you want to get on the flight, pay the change fee (typically $200+) plus any additional airfare—and the last-minute price usually has gone up quite a bit.

I did find those dates on NYC-DUB r/t at $713 total with Aer Lingus using Orbitz. I found NYC-DUB / LON-NYC those dates $671 using Kayak.com’s multi-city flight search. Both are pretty good fares. Thanks for tipping us about this fare.

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That fare is $686 on aerlingus.com.

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Orlando Sanford to Belfast Ireland August 2 —30 $577 August 9 —30 $555 usd

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Thanks Brutis—I don’t check Sanford that often, but they do have 2 airlines serving Europe — Globespan and Icelandair. This might help central Fla. area folks looking for the Globespan flights: http://www.flyglobes…

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Brutis, my kid flew Air India (out of JFK, on the anniversary of Sept 11) and everything was fine.

He also has taken advantage of the Glasgow>Sanford route on Globespan (along with hordes of Brits).
The summer route begins on May 1 for some routes, June for others.
They only fly certain days.
It’s not as cheap as it used to be, but I guess it could be helpful.

A lot of Jacksonville people (and even people on the northwest side of Florida) do make the drive to Orlando/Sanford because north Florida does not offer many competitively priced departures, either overseas or domestic.

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Thank you Cil for your input on AIR India. I read alot of reviews and most are not good however, I am pretty certain that most people post a review when theyre Not satisfied. I appreciate your hearing your personal experience, Having said that, I recently flew Air Italia and interestly enough I experienced first hand what most people complained about including having our luggage lost from Venice to Rome to Toronto with close to 3 hour wait in Rome before boarding Toronto. This trip coming, as I said previous in another thread, this is my first time doing it alone, not just alone with 2 young teens so I am looking at all different concerns. I may just hold out until I can get something direct from Toronto into Rome or Munich as those are 2 cities I am planning to visit along with Krakow but I don’t think cheap flights to Krakow are common. No hurry there is lots of time and I am ready to book when I see it. I will keep looking and post if I come across any good deals from somewhere else.

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I’m a little confused and I’m not sure if I confused myself or someone confused me. I mentioned earlier a flight from JFK-DUB rountrip with aer lingus found on the itasoftware site. Now ITA tells me that the price is for the r/t ticket in/out of DUB. It seems like the return flight is a connecting flight from LON but maybe I am just reading it wrong. To see this fare search ITA and when entering DUB include airports within 300miles.

Fare (A1): EI NYCDUB SJX2PB fare (rules) , psgr type ADT $312.00
Fare (A2): EI LONNYC WLX3SLEU fare (rules) , psgr type ADT $182.00

this is what ITA tells me to tell aer lingus so that I get this fare. Fare (A2)- seems to come from london and connect in DUB. And in fact I looked it up this flight does stop in DUB on route to JFK. So is ITA wrong or does this particular flight also board passengers in DUB??????????

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Danny, there were a couple of points of confusion before. You may already know some of this, but just in case, here comes a really long post
1) Don thought that you were talking about buying an open-jaw ticket that was ticketed JFK-DUB, London-JFK, with the London-JFK leg making a stop in Dublin, and that you were saying you could purchase that fare and just board in Dublin coming back. If you booked such a ticket you could not skip the LON-DUB leg and just board in Dublin; once you no-showed in London your reservation would be canceled.

2)Don was also saying that ITA searches an extensive database of fares but that you can’t book directly with ITA. You search there and then try to hunt down the fares on other sites, and sometimes ITA finds fares that you just can’t find anywhere that actually sells tickets. The fare you found appears to be one of these cases, and it seems really odd that the fare details include LONNYC even though the screen before it says it’s a simple JFK-DUB roundtrip. Interestingly, when I searched ITA just looking for JFK-DUB it doesn’t find that fare; I had to add the “any airport within 300 miles” part to come up with that fare. Short version: I can’t find that fare anywhere. The closest I came for those dates was $686.

For your trip I’d maybe consider slightly altering your itinerary and buying an open-jaw ticket, say flying into Dublin and back to JFK from Madrid. Aer Lingus has this fare on their website right now for $672 on your dates.

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I’m not sure who confused who, Danny. I’m only going on what you posted.

If the ticket says it starts in City A, and connects at City B, you must start travel at City A, or else the rest of the unused itinerary gets immediately canceled.

It seems unusual that a flight would be cheaper with a connection, vs. just a plain nonstop, but this is the airfare game. It’s probably due to Aer Lingus wanting a piece of the London transatlantic market, so they’re competing on price.

Looking at ITA for you again, I do see the $613 r/t total fare on Aer Lingus those dates. I do not see anything now mentioning London on those dates for this fare with Aer Lingus. It’s possible that more seats opened up out of Dublin, so ITA returned JFK-DUB r/t as the cheapest option now available. Airfare inventories are updated 3-4 times daily by the airlines and provided to outside sources such as ITA, Travelocity, et. al.

Plugging in JFK-DUB using your dates at AerLingus.com turned up $684 for me just now when I checked for you. This happens sometimes, too, where ITA shows a different fare than the airline itself. This can be because the airline or ITA has been updated on fare inventory before the other; or sometimes it’s just a mistake in the fare calculation (ITA takes data as it is provided to them, and airlines sometimes make mistakes that show in ITA).

Plugging in your itinerary at BookingBuddy.com turned up available seats for $686. My hunch in this case is that ITA has updated it’s seat availability overnight more quickly than than the others — especially since airlines dump unpaid reservations typically at midnight, and it’s now 3:13 a.m. EST. My advice… check it again when you get up this morning, direct from AerLingus.com just to see if it’s available.

Did you want to add London to the mix also, or were you just looking for cheapest transatlantic airfare options?

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Thanks so much for everyones help. I ended up booking an open jaw flight JFK-DUB and BCN-JKF for 646 through Aer Lingus. That’s the best I’ve found plus I don’t have to go back to Dub.

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That’s a pretty good fare, Danny. Congrats. With there not being any amazingly low fall, summer, and spring fares out there right now I’m not too optimistic about finding summer deals like I found the past two summers.

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I’m glad for you, Danny! Nice open jaw itin.
Augustin, I agree with you about the not-too-amazing fares.

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Just got a fare compare for toronto munich…July August fares dropped aprox $250. Now taxes in CAD$767. Incidently, while looking on the flight details page on Orbitz I read that some airlines charge for meals?? https://faq.orbitz.c… Frown So I guess on this United fare the meals should be calculated in?
Anyway good news this fare dropped quite a bit.
I have not been a fare watcher in past years so this is tempting to me but anyone care to guess from past experiences if this is a deal to jump on or still hold out?
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Brutis, look for transatlantic fees. Your best source is the actual airline’s website. It’s unusual for transatlantic flights to charge for meals (I think Icelandair does; some charters do also), but fees are good revenue streams for airlines, so it wouldn’t surprise me if they start getting added — especially if demand doesn’t pick up, and/or fuel prices keep rising.

Are you aware of www.canadian-affair…. and www.flyglobespan.ca ? Those might be interesting to you for flights from Toronto area.

$767 r/t all-in is very good for July-August. If Munich is your main destination, you should strongly consider booking. I don’t think that waiting for that fare to go lower would be a realistic expectation. If you’re flexible, however, shop some more to be sure that $767 truly is the best option for you currently. Try the links and strategies in our new user thread — top of this forum.

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Thanks Don, Yes I am aware of
Canadian Affair but not Flyglobespan. Yes Munich is one of the cities We would like to visit, ideally though I would like to fly open jaw out of Paris. Farecompare is GReAT but to the best of my knowledge there is no multi city option. I thought Paris was one of the cheaper cities to fly into.

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I don’t know of any fare alerts that will watch multi-city routes, but most let you sign up for more than one round-trip route to monitor. Sign up for both YYZ-MUC and YYZ-PAR, then check the multi-city price whenver one or the other goes on sale. Kayak.com is also very good for multi-city fare search.

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Dulles – Moscow $514 Aeroflot Thursdays in June, July (*note — US visitors need a visa; see visa-checking link top of this forum)
LAX – Moscow 694 Aeroflot *
Vegas – FRA 800 Condor

From Toronto I found a lot. Here’s the link: http://www.farecompa… — you can put in your own airport, then adjust the outbound week. I take these to ITA to x-ref seat availability.

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Thanks again Don, great link, I didn’t know this part of FareCompare exsisted but why is this? I noticed that round trip to Rome, I chose departing date $772 and returning date $772 and when the actual price came up it was $1200? Kind of frustrating and dissapointing?

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Farecompare will show seat prices that airlines publish, but then the airlines don’t always follow through with allocation (i.e. actually offering viable itinerary construction on a sale fare class). Or, it could just be that the fare sold out. So while the fare theoretically exists, theory doesn’t confirm B.I.S. (butts in seats). That’s why I said I x-ref seat availability with ITAsoftware. Sometimes Farecompare really does sniff out some good deals, so it’s worth checking, but don’t get too excited until you actually find seats with the airline or another reliable source willing to confirm all flight legs at that price.

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let’s keep this post alive =)

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SFO DUS 870 LTU/Air Berlin
SFO ZRH (?) Swiss — new service to begin June 2. Watch for introductory fare offers.
SFO DUB 839 American – outbound by late May

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SFO ZRH (?) Swiss — new service to begin June 2. Watch for introductory fare offers.

I think these fares are showing up now. I found $732-$752 on Swiss for SFO-ZRH departing in June, July, and August.

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Thanks for the update on those Swiss fares out of SFO. Balair used to be on SFO-ZRH in summers (sold through Jason Travels) so it’s good to see Swiss back on the route. Hopefully it stays year-round this time. Icelandair tried a couple summers back; American tried SJC-PAR previously; SAS was very interested in starting SFO; maybe United will provide enough feed service for Star Alliance partner Swiss to make this route viable year-round. Competition is usually good for (lower) airfares.

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American tried SJC-PAR previously;

I wish that there were better transatlantic options out of San Jose. I rarely find fares out of there that are competitive with fares out of SFO, and when I do they usually require two stops to get where I’m going. Maybe with all of the construction and renovations we’ll see more options.

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As long as flights are profitable, they seem to stick around. So with demand generally rebounding, maybe this will signal more nonstop Europe flights for SFO/OAK/SJC/SMF. I know some airports have taken the Field of Dreams strategy (“If you build it, they will come”); not sure how that’s working for them, but at least we get to see some tangible efforts for the exorbitant (in my opinion) airport fees collected in airfares.

Did you ever take CityBird or Martinair when they were at Oakland?

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On Swiss:
I found CDG>DEN for the May dates I need, $819.
It’s not great, but not terrible. Certainly better than what Kayak and others are showing me!

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Did you ever take CityBird or Martinair when they were at Oakland?

They pulled out of the market before I moved here. I’ve never flown out of Oakland because it would be a bit of a pain for me coming from Silicon Valley. I think there should be a lot of potential for international flights to SJC in light of the proximity to all the IT companies down here. SFO works well if my wife can pick me up or drop me off, or if I’m departing/arriving when trains are a convenient option, but otherwise shuttle service heading south to Silicon Valley is spotty and a taxi ride is over $100. SJC is 10-15 minutes and a $35 cab ride away.

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Swiss also has SFO-MXP (Milan for those not familiar) for $792-806 for two week-one month stays throughout summer.

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The only thing about the Swissair routes is that they involve two stops each way.
I did find CDG>DEN for $819, late April/early May travel.

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The only thing about the Swissair routes is that they involve two stops each way. I did find CDG>DEN for $819, late April/early May travel.

From SFO it’s non-stop to Zurich

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The only thing about the Swissair routes is that they involve two stops each way. I did find CDG>DEN for $819, late April/early May travel.

From SFO it’s non-stop to Zurich


::rollseyes::
Yeah this reminds me of my other quest to get cheap tickets to Paris a few years ago.
I found a cheap flight to Frankfurt (or some other city I had no interest in) that stopped in Paris along the way—but it wasn’t a situation where I could sneak off the plane at CDG.

I just keep thinking that we can do better than $819 to Denver for shoulder season, but maybe I am over-ambitious and will regret waiting.

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STL DUB 810 American
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SFO or LAX to Milan or Rome, or open jaw to MXP/FCO $741 on British Airways flying Mon-Wed, good from late May through early September. These fares are about the same as what I’m finding for these routes January-March.

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Those $740 British Airways fares to Rome and Milan are also good from:
Denver
Seattle
Las Vegas
Phoenix

From some of these cities they’re only good for monday & tuesday departures.

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augustin25 wrote:
Those $740 British Airways fares to Rome and Milan are also good from:
Denver
Seattle
Las Vegas
Phoenix

From some of these cities they’re only good for monday & tuesday departures.


If only BA would stick Paris in there.