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Summer Fare Sales?
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Are the days of summer fare sales gone forever? I’m looking to get from Boston (BOS) to Bilbao (BIO) with my wife and two kids (8 and 6). We’d like to go in August (but can potentially go in July) for a total of roughly two weeks.

For the past few years, we’ve flown Aer Lingus through Dublin (DUB) and spent a few days in Dublin, visiting my in-laws.

The tickets on Aer Lingus from BOS-DUB and DUB-BIO total $1300 each. This is the ideal route, as it allows us the stop-over in Dublin. There’s going to be at least one stop, no matter the route. So we probably won’t go a different way unless there is significant savings.

ITA software is showing $1230 from BOS-BIO on Iberia, with a layover in Madrid (MAD).

Another possibility is to fly to MAD, rent a car (which we’ll be doing anyway) and drive to BIO. However, best price I see to MAD is $1180 on Iberia.

I’ve been looking for the past few months, and prices have barely budged. Should I buy and lock in at these prices (ouch!), or does anyone think that we’ll see a significant sale?

On the flip side, if I wait, is it possible that the prices can actually rise from where they are now?

Thanks…

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These prices do not seem right to me. I’m looking at a flight on Kayak for $912 and flights from Dublin to Madrid for around $100 each way. Am I missing anything?

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This flight leaves on Thursday and arrives on Friday. United – Flight 7638
Operated by Aer Lingus 6h 00m Take-off Thu 9:00p BOS Boston, MA Landing Fri 8:00a DUB Dublin, Ireland

Economy | Airbus A330 (Wide-body Jet) | 6h 00m | 2983 miles | 4 seats remain
Return Wed, Aug 14 DUB to BOS – nonstop 6h 55m

United – Flight 7639 Operated by Aer Lingus 6h 55m Take-off Wed 4:15p DUB Dublin, Ireland Landing Wed 6:10p BOS Boston, MA

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Reykjavik, London, Lille, Berlin, Kraków, Lviv, Istanbul, Selçuk, Pamukkale, Kızkalesi, Göreme, Kars, Bat'umi, Akhalts'ikhe, Tbilisi, Telavi, Istanbul

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On re-reading your question, I think I may have misread… Didn’t realize you were combining tickets at that price! This seems right, then. Sorry about that

I am leaving from New York, NY and traveling for 64 days
Reykjavik, London, Lille, Berlin, Kraków, Lviv, Istanbul, Selçuk, Pamukkale, Kızkalesi, Göreme, Kars, Bat'umi, Akhalts'ikhe, Tbilisi, Telavi, Istanbul

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Chris, those are pretty typical fares for summer. $1000 is, and has mostly been, the starting point for summer transatlantic flights. If you do better than that, it’s always bonus.

Have you tried consolidators? For multi-city, I like Fly.com, Kayak, and Momondo — they include published fares like ITA finds, as well as some consolidators. Also try 1800flyeurope.com