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Flying to Europe from AK in December 2011
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I’ve been perusing this site and have found helpful information in the section for those new to the site as well as the cheap flight forum. However, I feel like I could use some advice that hasn’t been touched upon (correct me if I am wrong).

I am trying to get tickets from either Fairbanks, AK or Anchorage, AK (preferably Fairbanks b/c the drive to Anchorage is ~6 hours) to either London (preferably) or Paris. However, if the price is considerably lower to Geneva (which I doubt) I would consider flying in there as well. Dates of travel would be sometime around Dec 25 2011 and returning on or right around (not after) Jan 17 2012.

Questions that I have:

Is there any reason to believe that we could get tickets for less than $1000? Yesterday the best deal was $1021 incl taxes.

Is there any way of getting a bulk discount if 3 of us buy tickets together?

Additional information: 2 of the 3 of us are under 26 and the other is over 26 but still a student (I haven’t found a real difference in price going through the student travel sites from AK though).

Any further suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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Where all do you actually want to go? I see Fairbanks to London returning from Geneva for under$1000; just be sure you don’t choose the itinerary where it takes 40some hours to get home.

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The plan is to spend most of the time in France and then a jaunt down to Spain for several weeks. Generally we hope to fly into London, stay a day or so and then take the train to Paris. We plan on staying in Paris for several days and then doing an arc either down through the Alps to the south of France and then Spain and back up through Western France or the opposite direction. Return could be either out of London, Paris, Geneva. I just found a flight to London Dec 25 and return from Lon Jan 17 for $944 incl taxes/person. Looks pretty good to me, should I keep looking.

Thanks for your help augustin!

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Why waste time and money backtracking to London? I much prefer to fly into one place I want to see and fly home from another. I’d try to find a reasonably priced flight itinerary that offers you the least amount of hassle in terms of stops and long layovers, and then plan your route on the ground. You could fly into London follow your route through France into Spain and fly home from Madrid or Barcelona, or maybe fly into London, grab a cheap flight to Spain then head up to Paris and fly home from there. There are a lot of options in the $940-$1075 range that would allow you to fly into London, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona or Geneva and home from one of the other cities. The multi-city on Kayak is pretty good for finding available fares, but ITA can be useful for playing around with various combinations of cities and dates. You can put several possible arrival and departure airports and see what it comes up with. You’d type something like LON, BCN, PAR as your destination/departure airports and specify flexible dates, but you’ll have to track down actual tickets elsewhere: http://matrix.itasof…

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Quick check with ITA and all of these cities (except Anchorage) turned up $994 your exact dates, to Heathrow (LHR) return from Geneva (GVA). 2 connections each way.

If that itinerary works for you, then shop it with the consolidators and student sites mentioned in the new user thread pinned@top of this forum.

I did notice 1 consolidator with this itin. for $944, but with 42 hour outbound duration (yikes!) whereas Delta ($994) only about 18.5 hours outbound, and about 24 hours return.

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Do you actually want to go to Geneva, or was it just a city that seemed feasible in terms of flights? If you’re not interested in something specific there I’d skip it.