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I’m looking for tickets for family, outbound May 29 or 30, returning June 13-15. They’d be leaving from/returning to CAE or CLT and flying into LON or PAR, returning from ROM. I found CLT-CDG, ROM-CLT with U.S. Air for about $840 all in, non-stop both ways 5/30-6/15. We’ve been holding off hoping for a U.S. Air sale, but I’m starting to think it’s better for them to book now and be happy they got a decent price on a good itinerary. I like the non-stop itinerary because it’s for one adult and two 13 year-olds, all basically new to international travel. Any thoughts?

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Yeah, 840 is best I’m seeing too. That’s a tough call, esp. since it’s nonstop each way, and available now. If you wait, what could you realistically expect? $650? $750? I’m thinking more like 750 the way fuel is (650 several years ago when fuel was at record lows). So is it worth saving $100 each ticket, and gamble on losing availability on the nonstops, and/or prices rising another $100 or more each ticket? That’s the way I would look at it, and if they all had some flexibility, I’d probably wait. If it’s something that needed to be locked in, and I could afford it, then I’d probably buy it now. Here’s what Yapta says about USAir refunds in case price drops: http://www.yapta.com…

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I agree with Don. Keep in mind that it’s often harder to find cheap tickets for a group of three than for an individual, and I’d just get the tickets now.

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Thanks. I’m hoping they will book soon. Like Don said a sale probably won’t save that much, and even if there is a sale it might not cover the cities they need. Another factor is that my wife (who’ll be five months pregnant) and I are meeting them wherever they fly into. We’re flying into LHR, but are happy to meet them in Paris if it means getting things booked so we can go ahead and plan everything.

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My brother didn’t pull the trigger and now prices are back up over $900 for the dates/flights he wants except for $846 I found for one set of dates. Grrrr. I’m finding really good deals using CAE & CLT in combination with CDG, BRU, MAD, BCN, and LIS ($690’s-low $700’s) but my brother is being inflexible about only wanting to see London, Paris, and Rome. If you ever see me post here that I’m planning a trip with anyone other than my wife please talk me out of it