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Hello fellow travelers!!

I am looking for some extra help finding good deals on flights from LAX or SAN to Prague and out of Budapest the first week of April. I’ve done some extensive looking in the past month. A few weeks ago, a deal through British Airways popped up for $800. Should’ve jumped on it…but alas, I didn’t. Now the prices are hovering in at least the high $900’s, most of which involve long layovers and less-than-ideal departure times.

For you experts out there, other than Kayak, Orbitz, Skyscanner, and going directly to the airline websites, do you recommend anything else? In your experience, is there any way of predicting if these prices are on the rise…or if they’ll come down again? I’m thinking about waiting another week or so…but if they’re on an upward trend, I won’t.

Thanks so much for any/all advice and suggestions you might be able to offer me!

I am leaving from san diego with $1500 for 22 days
Paris, London, La Spezia, Florence, Barcelona, Paris
Requesting help with Transport, Budget, Itinerary, Sights
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More airfare shopping resources in our new user thread pinned at top of this forum.

For example, I see $866 total with Delta Apr 3-11. 1 connection at JFK each way; about 4 hours outbound, only 2 hours return at JFK. That’s only about 2 hours too much, in my opinion. This found with ITA. Consolidators and other sources maybe cheaper.

There’s no way to predict with 100% accuracy. Fuel prices are rising. Flights are fuller (due to reduced capacity on a lot of routes). If you’ve got to be there on specific dates — a wedding, for example — then maybe book now and be done with it. If you’ve got some flexibility, then sign up for alerts with Airfarewatchdog and Farecompare and give it some more time. Personally, if booking this for myself, I’d be willing to sweat it out ‘til maybe early March—since it’s outbound in shoulder season not around a major holiday. But I’d fully realize the risk of gambling on fuel prices rising even more, as well as the possibility of no better offers between now and then.

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Thanks, Don! I’ll keep watching the fares. If they start to go up, I’ll buy. But right now, they’re fluctuating and have come down the past couple of days.

Another question (or puzzle):
There’s 4 of us traveling together. Travelers 1, 2, and 3 are leaving out of the same city (LAX to PRG). Travelers 1 and 4 are leaving early, returning to LAX. Travelers 2 and 3 will stay for a few more days, but will be flying back to different cities (LAX and JFK). My question is: how the heck do we find flights so travelers 1, 2, and 3 can be outbound together but travelers 2 and 3 can share at least one leg (BUD to JFK) together on the way back?

At what point would a travel agent be helpful? In general, are they able to find better deals than the ones online?

Thanks again for your help! It really makes all of this a lot more palatable!

I am leaving from san diego with $1500 for 22 days
Paris, London, La Spezia, Florence, Barcelona, Paris
Requesting help with Transport, Budget, Itinerary, Sights
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They’re helpful if you don’t mind paying $40-$50 extra per ticket to get someone else to book what you tell them to book. Don’t expect anything after that, regardless of smiles and promises.

It sounds like you’ve got 4 unique itineraries. In which case, each person should book his or her own ticket. Share the flight details with each other, and book at the same time.

Once Cfares or Fly or Flights or STAtravel or whoever you’re using shows you the best itineraries, then try it direct with that airline. Often the fare is the same or similar (except with consolidators, which are sometimes significantly cheaper). If the airline finds you the same price(s) for the multi-city itin, then you’ve got a winner.

Group rates don’t kick in until you’ve got at least 9* all together on the exact same itin. But even those do not need a TA; can be done direct with the airline’s group booking (typically 10% additional discount). *sometimes 10, depends on the airline