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Okay, howabout BOS to (central Europe), early July to early/mid August?
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I mentioned in another thread I had a massive change of plans for this summer. As a result, I will be leaving later, and can just cut to the chase and leave from the east coast instead of Cleveland. The easiest airport for me to get to/get picked up from would be BOS, so that’s probably my best bet. My destination city in Europe actually isn’t all that important, but somewhere in Germany/Austria/Switzerland would be preferable.

I’m looking at 7(ish) July and returning around the 13th of August. I’d appreciate if you guys have any suggestions. I’ve looked on ITA and whatnot, but I can’t really find anything exceptionally good yet. I know it’s the super-high season and all, but still..

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What is the best price you have found so far? I’d take a look at Icelandair, particularly if stopping over in Iceland appeals at all.

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Bookingbuddy found Munich for $842.

Playing with the dates a little more… Icelandair.com found July 6 or 13 outbound, with Aug. 18 return for $849; Airdeals.com has those dates $720r/t total* (*S class netfares, maybe 40 cheaper from Justfares.com those dates — have to call them). If Justfares doesn’t stick you with excessive fees, then $680-ish looks best I see for this itinerary.

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Wow, really?? I couldn’t find anything less than like 1100!

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Like most things, the cheapest airfares sell out first, so if you want that one, you better run your dates through B’buddy. I found it with the jun8th\13thaug with one of the consolidators they offer.

Icelandair.com had the other one — it opens in calendar format, so it’s easy to see the cheapest travel dates currently available.

Justfares.com — you have to call. You can see the cheapest dates on Icelandair’s calendar (S class) and then tell Justfares which dates to search if they don’t offer to find you available dates on that fare (they show $360+ the taxes and fees). I used ITA to confirm class details on segments; looks like only S class on all 4 segments yields the cheapest price.

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Awesome, thanks Smile

On another note… do you have any tips for using ITA and all the rest? It seems whenever I search for fares, you always manage to come up with something far far cheaper… For instance, I just tried the airdeals.com dates, and got like $930ish…

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Okay, so I tried Airdeals for you again using July 8 outbound and August 13 return and it found BOS-MUC for $656, this time with Northwest. After the initial query, on the right you have to click “find” next to the fare.

Itinerary Items
Boston (MA) To Munich
Depart: Jul 08 19:10
Return: Aug 13 11:50
1 Adult(s)
Cost: $656.47 USD
Air Details:
Boston (MA) To Munich [Remove] Flight Gate Dest Depart Arrive Class
Out: NW 38 BOS AMS Jul 08 19:10 Jul 08 08:10 V

NW 8514 AMS MUC Jul 09 09:35 Jul 10 11:00 V

In: NW 8516 MUC AMS Aug 13 11:50 Aug 13 13:30 V

NW 37 AMS BOS Aug 13 15:10 Aug 13 17:00 V

Fare Taxes Passengers Total
$372.00 USD $284.47 USD 1 adult(s) $656.47 USD
Total: $656.47 USD

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Okay, see I put in that info, and I can’t even find one for Northwest…

The cheapest one when I look is IcelandAir, and it ends up being a grand after taxes and all.

If I could see the 656 one, I’d freaking buy it right now! Smile

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Feicht,
I wish you could have got in on the US Air sale last week. anyway.
I see the following on or within a day of your dates.
Aer Lingus Summer Fares
http://www.aerlingus…

BOS-DUS $876 All In
BOSDUB $747 All In
BOS- CDG $881 All In

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Feicht, I tried it again. Northwest doesn’t show for those dates, and Icelandair is either sold out on 1 or more legs in S class those dates, or someone’s got ‘em on reserve, so it’s bumping up to a higher fare class now. Was Justfares able to get you on around $680 like I predicted?

Using the Icelandair calendar to find their cheapest dates on BOS-MUC, then taking those dates to Aireals turned up 13 July – 18 Aug. (because you said around the 8thjul-13aug). $720.97. Again, maybe $40 cheaper from Justfares, but you’ve got to check the Icelandair site for the cheapest dates, then try those dates at Airdeals, Justfares, et.al.

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No, unfortunately everything I find is still around the $1000 range for some reason; I wish I had your flight searching acumen!

EDIT: I just went to Icelandair.com and used their calendar but the lowest price possible that I can see is aroune $850. Doing the exact same dates and everything on airdeals.com gives me $915.

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Availability can change quickly. I tried BookingBuddy.co.uk for you. Their link with Mobissmimo found Vayama showing $653 r/t total using July 13 and August 18 BOS-MUC r/t total on Icelandair. CheapOAir shows $1 more. Airfare.com has it $694. So apparantly this is a legitimate consolidator fare class, just took a while for others to load this fare. Vayama at 653 is cheapest I’ve seen.

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Ah okay thanks Don; I just checked Vayama and was finallly able to find something close to the total you say… either these things sell out faster than I check this webpage, or I’m just an idiot Smile

As soon as I find out when my uni starts back up after the summer for sure, I’ll definitely have to get this ticket. (Assuming it doesn’t disappear). Stopping in Iceland after only 4 hours and then onto Munich for another 4 hours will really mess with my brain, but such is the price one pays for cheap airfare Smile

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I wouldn’t count on it being around much longer.

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Yeah I know. What’s the deal with this Vayama site; are they legit? I’ve never heard of them before you brought them up in this thread. I always feel iffy giving my CC# out to new places…

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I just can’t get over the mental block of why it would be almost 200 dollars cheaper on the same route from a 3rd party source as opposed to the airline itself.

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Vayama’s been around for a while, and I’ve not read any bad experiences with them. If there was a pattern of bad reviews about anyone I suggest, I would let you know, and if it’s overwhelmingly, consistently bad, then I don’t even bring them up here.

The fact that several other sources have the exact same dates in Icelandair S class on this route tells me that Icelandair has released this fare class to consolidators (or resellers). Based on that, I think it’s legit.

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Hmm, weird… I went to “check out” the ticket and pressed the correct button and it gave me some crazy price… then I went back and did the same thing again and it was the 677 it quoted earlier… then after I hit another button it added another 40 bucks… this is sort of Ryanair level shadiness…

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Okay well, I went ahead and purchased the route! In doing the seat reservations though it looks like the plane is basically empty right now, which seems kind of weird. But whatever. I still feel weird about it what with their shifty numbers and stuff, but hopefully it works out. Thanks again Don Smile

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Vayama adds TravelGuard insurance unless you unclick it. Without it, fare shows available $652.97 this morning. CheapOAir still has it $653.79 as mentioned earlier — for anyone interested in a similar itinerary. Glad it helped you save ~$450 vs. the $1100 you initially found.

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Yep, thanks man Smile I think this makes it what, 3 years in a row? I bet you’ve saved me at least 1500 bucks, all told

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Since I’m thinking about it at the moment, can I just print out my confirmation email from Vayama and bring that to the airport for check-in? Sorry to sound so anxious, I’ve just never NOT dealt with the airline I’m using directly, you know?

Also, should there be a way I can request different food, change seats, that kind of stuff on Icelandair.com’s website? Or would I only be able to do that through Vayama? Because as of right now, it appears that section of the Vayama site is down…

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If you got a PNR or record locator — typically a 6 digit combination of letters and numbers — with all 4 flight legs showing “confirmed” on your itinerary, then that should be all that you need. Did Vayama’s instructions tell you to print out a booking confirmation page, and/or email purchase confirmation (receipt) to you? I would print both if they’re different, and take them with you.

Icelandair’s US site lets you retrieve your e-ticket on their site. Click “Quick flight links” atop the booking box. When you do that, new links appear next page on the left sidebar. Looks like soft drinks are complimentary, but sandwiches and snacks available for purchase (€4 for a sandwich… that seems very reasonable to me).

To their credit, I’ve read that Icelandair have fitted all new seating with seatback entertainment systems throughout economy. These seats look slimmer, and Icelandair claims 32” seat pitch, about 1” more than typical transatlantic economy class. But hey, BOS-KEF is only about 5 hours… so it’s not so bad anyway. KEF-MUC is about 3.5 hours I think, so again, not so bad. Oh… I see a link for you to contact them if you need special meal assistance. Not sure it would apply in economy class?

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Nice going Don…can you help me with my income taxes?

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Yep, I have a “Vayama Trip ID”, an “Airline Reservation #” and an “Airline Ticket #” in the email from Vayama.

But when I go to Icelandair.com, when I put in my info, it says that I’ve entered invalid information. I assume this is because I didn’t book thru them, but it seems to me that at least the ticket # and Res # would be the same, wouldn’t it?

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It sounds like the same behavior I had when I booked SAS with Orbitz, and my SAS tickets were fine. If you are concerned, why not phone up Icelandair to select seats or something, and make sure they agree your ticket exists?