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Iceland Express still has seats on Newark-Gatwick in June for $518. Connects at Iceland each way. www.icelandexpress.c…

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Found some decent fares to Lisbon on U.S. Air outbound May through June 6 and returning by July 6 (30 day maximum travel time):
Charlotte, N.C. as low as $764
Philadelphia as low as $715

Not too shabby, and Lisbon is a fun city.

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Iberia fares outbound by May 31, return by June 25
JFK-Madrid $510
JFK-Barcelona $638
JFK-Madrid, Barcelona-JFK $510
JFK-Madrid, Rome-JFK $554

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PHL BRU 596 USAir dep. by May 31
PHL DUB 662 USAir dep. by June 15
NYC CPH 742 KLM dep. by June 18 (book on KLM; flight op. by partner Delta)
EWR (Newark) SNN Continental dep. by May 31
YYZ (Toronto) HEL 834USD Finnair, deps. in June and July
JFK KBP (Kiev) 828 Delta dep. by May 30
JFK TLL 859 Finnair dep. by May 27
YYZ ROM 637USD Air Transat dep by May 30 (735 if dep by June 6)
YYZ ROM/VCE 686USD Air Transat, dep by June 5 (784 if dep by June 19)
JFK NCE Delta 723 Delta
EWR CDG 742 Continental

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I am new here. I have been a lurker while reading all these posts. My trip is in August to London, Rome, Paris (not in that order). I am having trouble finding a great deal in August. Can someone give me some recommendations?

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Delp, I recommend you start with our new user thread at the top of Cheap Flights forum. Then if you still need help, start a new thread with your question. Be sure to post your departure cities and dates, where you have already checked and what prices you found (so we do not repeat efforts).

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SEA MAN 454 outbound by mid-May, Icelandair

CAE (Columbia, SC) – BRU 696 USAir outbound by May 31
CAE ZRH 850 USAir by May 30
TYS (Knoxville, TN) – BRU 696 “ “ “

CLT DUB 759 Delta outbound by June 1
CLT QKL (Cologne Central Train Station) 777 USAir by May 31 (note: flight CLT-FRA nonstop, connects to train at FRA airport to Cologne. This is a rail/train codeshare which sometimes pop up for Europe routes. The train portion only takes 56 minutes. BEWARE you forfeit all subsequent flight legs whenever you no-show any portion of your ticketed flight, so don’t just hop off at FRA and no-show the train; at least collect the boarding pass in this case; on flight, you’d have to actually fly it.)
CLT XER (Strasbourg Central Train Stn. — see above for how this works, except in this case, they put you on a Lufthansa (USAir codeshare partner) bus from FRA airport to Strasbourg in 2.5 hours).
CLT MUC 783 USAir out by May 31

ATL VCE 763 Delta by May 30

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I found a couple of Brussels itineraries that had ZYR (Midi rail station) as the final destination. The train segment was listed as business class, so I’m guessing your train ticket is first class?

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I didn’t pay attention to the train class—I’ll have to recheck those.

More lowest published flight prices currently showing availability:

MCI (Kansas City) – LHR 778 American, out by May 19
MCILHR / back from BRU 795 American, “ “ “
MCI MAD 817 Delta out by May 31

STL BRU 834 United out by May 19 (STL=St. Louis)
STL DUB 995 American out by June 10
STL VCE 830 USAir out by May 31
STL MAD 817 Delta out by May 31
STL OSL 820 USAir out by May 13
STL DUS 819 Delta out by May 16
STL ROM 827 USAir out by May 26

ABQ MAD 926 Delta out by May 31

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No biggie, Don. I just found it amusing that the train segment was listed as business class.

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As usual, stays of 20-21 nights:
EWR-SNN $488 Continental outbound May 25, 27, 30, 31
BOS-SNN $522 United outbound May 30 & 31
CLT-MAD $744 outbound May 29

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JFK MAD 548 out by May 25, Delta or Air Europa
JFK CPH 741 Delta outbound by June 18 (book on partner KLM to get this price); this is a superb price for nonstop to Scandinavia in summer! Don’t book on Delta, even though they operate the flight; book on KLM. This is a good example of when codeshares can profit customers who shop around!
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Can someone explain codeshares to me? Also, when I look on ITA and it has a flight that has a good price but the flights don’t go in/go out of the same city (ie PHL to FCO then VCE to PHL) I can’t seem to find that deal when I go to the airline and enter the same criteria. Any suggestions on how I do that?

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codeshare

Are you using the exact same dates that ITA turned up? Where are you trying it? For PHL originating to/from Italy nonstops, it needs to be USAir.com, but if you don’t mind a connection, you could try other airlines such as British Airways, Lufthansa, United, etc.

Which dates are you trying to get the ITA-found price? Does ITA still show it? If so, then also try it with Orbitz, Kayak, Airdeals, and Cfares — all of which are very good for multi-city itineraries.

For example, ITA just turned up PHL>ROM / VCE>PHL for only $774 if outbound by May 30. This is with Delta, with a connection at JFK each way. For $787, it shows USAir with nonstop PHL>FCO, but return from VCE connects in Munich and the VCE>MUC flight leg on Air Dolomiti, a partner airline with USAir and it’s Star Alliance partner Lufthansa.

Taking May 30 outbound (I guessed your stay at about 1 week) to Kayak turned up $750 total for the Delta flights, and $763 for the USAir flights. Clicking-through, I see the first fare available to book right now on Delta.com or Orbitz.com for $750 total.

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This is a little bit outside of the “summer” time frame, but I’m still getting über cheap results via IcelandAir from BOS to most places in Europe, with a connection/stop-over in Reyjkavik (you can stay for up to a week without adding any extra cost!)

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Mind you, I’m only going to need a one-way ticket since I’m going to be there for a year, BUT anything below 400 for one-way is still pretty damn good IMO!

A few of the one ways I’ve found for late August/early Sept (on IcelandAir’s website):

BOS>KEF>Stockholm: $368
BOS>KEF>Oslo: $368
BOS>KEF>Copenhagen: $368
BOS>KEF>Paris: $361
BOS>KEF>LHR: $339
BOS>KEF>Amsterdam: $361
BOS>KEF>Brussels: $361
BOS>KEF>Helsinki: $396
BOS>KEF>Frankfurt: $360

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Feicht, I checked Airdeals because they sometimes have Icelandair for less. Best I see, however, are the fares you mentioned outbound mostly from Aug. 22 onward. I did find LHR for $325 total from another consolidator—CheoOair—but probably better to spend another $14 and book direct with the airline.

Keep in mind with Icelandair that if you want the free stopover, you need to book it that way from the beginning. In other words, you can’t just arrive at KEF, hop off and plan to come back to the airport in a week and board a flight to LHR. You’d be hit with ticket re-issue fees (assuming it was a re-issuable fare class originally booked) plus however much the last-minute fare now costs. You might already be aware of this, but for benefit of others who aren’t familiar with Icelandair’s stopover allowance….

Will you be studying?

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Yeah I’m studying in Salzburg, but I’m planning to travel for like a month leading up to it Smile I think I actually have a thread about it around here someplace…

And yeah, I did know the stop-over rules already I missed out on it last summer though because I didn’t know at that point…so yeah, maybe others will be enlightened by your post!

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New to the forum, checked out the “New Users Guide”, found about the same info I was getting from Kayak/Bing Travel/etc. so thought I would venture into posting….trying to go to Italy mid-June through mid-July (ideal timing I know). Only definite date we would like to be somewhere is early July in Venice, very flexible. Departure would be from Washington DC area ideally. What I have been finding for the last couple of months is about $1200 RT, hasnt really budged from that $ amount. Looked at London, Frankfurt, etc. and adding a discount flight to Rome/Milan (or even train) with no luck.

Anyone have any recommendations for getting cheaper air fare? Seems a little high to me. Is that a fairly standard price for high season or might fares drop closer to go time? Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Anyone have any recommendations for getting cheaper air fare? Seems a little high to me. Is that a fairly standard price for high season or might fares drop closer to go time? Any help is greatly appreciated.

Yes, that’s a pretty standard non-sale fare for high season. This year has been much different than the last few where we saw big sales for summer in February & March, with some fares under $500, and plenty to be had in the $500-$600 range. I’m not sure if airlines are just waiting longer this year to roll out sales or if we just may not really see them due to reduced capacity. U.S. Air has been a good bet for sales in March or April, so they may have one soon. Or not. Sorry for not being too helpful

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Don, thank you for all your info (I lost the post for awhile). Obviously I didn’t do a good job with providing details about my own trip with my questions. So I finally updated my trip info. Unfortunately I missed out on airfare that would have worked perfectly (IAD to ROM for $614 rt) but due to an error on the part of my bank I’m back to square 1. I’m starting to feel nervous as prices don’t look good, my old tickets are now over $1000. After reading various posts I’m trying to get myself to hold out for possible April prices. If anyone sees anything from just about anywhere in the US to Italy that is under $900 I would love to hear about it. Actually I’m just looking for anything good, but aren’t we all? Thanks everyone.

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Just saw some approximately $700 fares on US. Air from CLT to MAD, outbound by May 31, returning the third week of June. These fares have come and gone the last couple of weeks.

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Yeah after a brief search of ITAsoftware, I can’t see anything below $1000 for you, blally…though I am the first to admit, there are a lot of people better at searching this stuff than I am.

EDIT: Actually, I just punched in YYZ (Toronto) and got $931 nonstop. That’s if you would be able to get to Toronto…

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Where are all the LAX deals?

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Maka90 wrote:
Where are all the LAX deals?

There just aren’t deals from anywhere really right now.

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augustin25 wrote:
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Where are all the LAX deals?

There just aren’t deals from anywhere really right now.

Oh, ye I’m trying to get my ticket by April 13th the latest. So I was wondering what prices I could be looking at from LAX to Hearthrow.

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Maka, check out our new user thread at the top of this forum, and then start a new thread with your question, and include when you need to depart.

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20-21 day stays, on Delta
CLT-DUB $759 outbound by June 15
CLT-BCN $765 outbound by May 31
CLT-MAD $765 outbound by May 31

ATL-MAD $742 outbound by May 31
ATL-BCN $748 outbound by May 31
ATL-FCO $813 outbound by May 31
ATL-DUB $801 outbound by May 31

CAE-BCN $738 outbound by May 31

JFK-MXP $683 outbound by May 31
JFK-MAD $510

PHL-BCN $633-$719
PHL-DUB $639-668 outbound by June 17

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JFK-MAD $510 if outbound by May 31 — Still There!! (553 by June 13, Air Europa)
JFK-BCN $586 Delta, outbound by May 31
JFK-BHX 690 Aer Lingus, outb. by June 1
JFK-HAM 706 SAS, outb. by June1
JFK-DUB 549 Delta by May 31; 634 by June 15 (Newark 554 Continental); 719 by June 30
JFK-MAN 710 KLM (op by Delta) by June 30
JFK-BRU 711 Delta by May 31
JFK-PAR 761 American by May 31
JFK-GVA 802 Swiss by June 1
JFK-PSA 682 Delta (nonstop, btw) by May 31
JFK-FCO 683 Delta by May 31
JFK-ZRH 710 Delta by May 31 (Newark 725 Continental)
JFK-PRG 720 Delta by May 13 (nonstop, btw)
JFK-OTP (Bucharest) 838 BA by May 23

PHL-MAD 510 USAir by May 31

BOS-GOT 841 Air France June 9

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Don, any chance that you remembered what dates you used for the Air Europa flights? I can’t seem to get them under 687, and that’s in May. Thanks…

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Don, any chance that you remembered what dates you used for the Air Europa flights? I can’t seem to get them under 687, and that’s in May. Thanks…

From first post in this thread:

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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.

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What is ITA software? how do we get the prices you find with it if we don’t have it?\
Thanks, Don!

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Got an email from Lufthansa today about a sale for spring travel, outbound by May 13. They’re really holding back this year.

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So how do you do a search on itasoftware using that broad search of from North America and to Europe? The best I can figure out how to do is to type in a city/airport code, and then check all of the airports within a 300 mile radius.

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Chris, I’ll post an updated tutorial in a new thread.

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Just a heads up for anyone planning on using IcelandAir: I’ve been monitoring the prices for late summer/ early fall from BOS > KEF > various places in Europe since I need a one way ticket for this myself. I was checking this morning just to see if that damned volcano was impacting prices yet, and while it doesn’t seem to be (again: YET), I did notice that for whatever reason, if you leave by the end of August, it can be like 200 dollars cheaper than leaving on September first.

For example, the route of BOS>KEF>OSL is $368 if you leave on Aug 29, stop in Reyjkavik for a few days and leave on Sept 3. Change it to Sept 1 and Sept 6, and the price goes up to $528. I was playing around with it a bit more and got it up to $602 at one point, though I’ve been able to replicate that one since.

Anyway, just something to think about for anybody headed this way

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correction- that post was an error. I got a little too excited, there was a mistake in my input. The fare did go down $30 from last night and I will book it soon I think.

I am still kind of curious baout the original question- if you book a flight with multiple carriers through an agent and you miss your connection, do they pay or are you SOL?

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Lufthansa, Air Canada, and United are partner airlines in Star Alliance. Generally, if you miss one at no fault of your own, they’d put you on their next Air Canada or United flight to LAX, possibly with a connection somewhere, though.

This amount of time is tricky, because Canada (YYZ and YUL at least) has pre-clearance for US-bound flights, so I think you’d have to clear US Customs/Border control there. (Btw I think I recall at least Toronto, Dublin, and Shannon—which I know from experience—also do US pre-clearance, meaning you don’t do it again upon arrival in the US). If that’s the case, 1hr 15 might not do it. If it doesn’t then they’d put you on one of their next flights, but I can understand your desire to avoid that hassle (and line!). If you miss it, skip the queue and phone the airline from your cell, or airline courtesy phone, or pay phone if you have a toll-free number.

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I still haven’t booked because I’ve been closely following all the fares and on Friday the lowest went down $30 and now all the other airlines are slowly going down as well to match it….I’m tempted to keep watching for at least the rest of this week.

Another tip (not sure if you would endorse this, Don?) Is I called the airlines to ask how full the flight was (the one that is always lowest price on any search) and they told me there are plenty of seats on the flight. I’ve used this piece of info to reason that I can hold out a little longer.

I wonder what the volcano’s impact will be Summer fares. I’ve searched for articles on this, but haven’t found any, though I have many non-volcano-specific articles that say that fares are going up this summer up to 20% more than last. These articles indicate that any summer sales will be brief and offer meager discounts.

http://www.usatoday….

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Predictions about sales being brief with meager discounts are not foretelling the future—they’re just stating what has actually happened up to now! Usually by now we’ve seen more sales at greater discount. 20% rise vs. last summer—which was a pricing anomaly—is conservative in my opinion. When NYC-LON was $600 last summer, and $900 this summer, that’s a 50% rise, and fairly indicative of the overall trend in my opinion.

There are some bright spots and strategies— which I think this thread highlights. For example:

  • get outbound late May or late August if at all possible! Avoid the much higher peak season pricing.
  • Shop around and be flexible!
  • Use alternate airports. For example, TPA-ATH might be $1400+, but if you can get a bus or drive to Ft. Lauderdale, take the Condor flight to Frankfurt, and take a low-cost flight to Athens and back to FRA, you could save $400 overall—pretty good savings for someone with some flexibility.
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1 parameter change=length of stay 1 month:
DEN DUB 767 outbound by May 23, Air Canada (867 if outbound by June 3)
DEN BFS 900 by June 9 Continental
DEN BFS/DUB 873 by June 10 Continental
DEN DUB/BRU 760 by May 24 American
SFO BRU 968 by May 25 United
SEA STR 924 by May 26 Delta
SEA HEL/OSL 854 by May 16 Icelandair
SEA MIL 987 by May 22 Delta
PDX MIL 999 by May 22 KLM

Once you narrow down your cities and dates with ITA, remember to take it to BookingBuddy to see if you can do better. For example, SEA-STR same dates turned up $852 from consolidator Webjet.com (found with BookingBuddy).

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Some roughly three-week stays, most dates are exact departure date unless indicated otherwise:
CLT-MAD – $789 on Delta outbound 6/1 or 6/2
CLT-MAD – $802 United & Continental outbound 5/30 or 5/31
CLT-BCN – $712 Air France outbound 6/1
CLT-DUB- $651 outbound by 5/25

CAE (Columbia, SC) to MAD & BCN $758-$821 on Delta & Air France outbound by 6/3

ATL to MAD & BCN $749-794 on various airlines outbound by 6/3

SFO-MAN $832-$862, a few dates outbound by May 31

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Great fares to Madrid from Washington, D.C. on United, 21-22 night stay, outbound on these dates:
May 30 – $650
May 31, June 1, June 2, or June 21 – $633

Also fares for $800 and less to BCN & MAD from various smaller airports in the southeast like GSP,TYS, & MYR outbound dates btwn. May 30 and June 3.

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LAX-MAD on Delta $776, outbound 6/1, 6/2, 6/3 returning 6/24
LAX-MXP, MAD-LAX on Delta low $800’s, outbound 5/30-6/3, returning 6/24

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Vancouver-Frankfurt $611 Air Transat, May 25-June 16 nonstop flights.

Montreal-Vienna $578 Air Transat, June 2-24 nonstop flights.
Montreal-Marseilles $677 Air Transat, June 2-23 nonstop flights.

Toronto-Frankfurt $522 Air Transat, May 22-June 13 nonstop flights.
“”“” $593 if return from Paris, same dates.
Toronto-Glasgow $666 Air Transat, June 3-24 nonstop.

JFK-ZRH $613 June 2-23 or 24, Delta nonstop flights.
JFK-MAN $566 June 2-23 Delta nonstop.