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What a great site this is! We’re a family of 5 looking to travel to Paris from NY in August. R/T fares are about $950 each now and I’m wondering whether to grab 5 now or wait to see if they cheapen up. Also, second question, do you know of a website which will show the cheapest ticket from NY to anywhere in Europe? Thanks, Steve

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I see the XL.com fares around $950 and that’s really good for peak season—even from NYC. I have seen Brussels around $797 all-in some July dates with BrusselsAirlines.com. When you consider potential savings at 5 x $150 (maybe more savings if traveling with young children) then could be well worth it to include Belgium in this trip, and take one of many daily trains between Brussels and Paris.

NYC-BRU $797 is the cheapest transatlantic flight for Summer ’12 that I’m currently aware of (if you don’t count Iceland).

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Thanks Don. I’m very grateful

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The train ride from the Brussels airport to Paris Nord is less than 2 hours compared to 45 minutes to get from CDG to Paris Nord — certainly worth it if you can save on 5 airline tickets.

For 5, I would look for advance purchase specials and special fares for groups and parents with children for the train tickets at the Belgian National rail system website: http://www.b-rail.be… or at www.thalys.com Thalys trains are pretty much a monopoly on this route and regular fare is pricy (92 euros — which might negate any savings on the plane tickets) although children may ride free or at a greatly reduced rate. A railpass, if you’re using rail elsewhere on this trip, will also help although Thalys reservations (required and not covered by railpass) are expensive compared to reservations for most other trains. If you’re willing to spend an extra hour on the train and make an extra connection you can avoid the expensive Thalys trains by looking at routings via Lille.

2nd class will be fine for this train trip.

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Again, thank you very much!!