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Cheapest place to fly into in Europe???

TJ-86 10 November 27, 2012 at 02:12 AM
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I can fly out of anywhere in the SouthWest:
LAS, LAX, PHX, SLC, SFO SJI
I'ts all close enough to me, I'm looking for the cheapest places in europe to fly to. I dont really have a destination, as I want to go many places over a month or two's time.

Some of the cheap places I've found to fly to were Athens, Greece for $779, Berlin $779 both from LAX on Lufthansa
$778 from SFO to Copenhagen on SAS
about $700 from LAX to Moscow on Aeroflot

I'm looking to get the very cheapest possible so I can have more money along the way, anyone have any ideas?

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Probably London, I've been three times for under 1400 total, all have been from SFO
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Depending on when you want to travel, you can fly to Dublin (US Airways), Dusseldorf (Air Canada), or Berlin-Tegel (United) round-trip from LAX for about $750-780 Feb/March. Let us know if you have any other parameters, maybe I can help find something.
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You might look into AerLingus too
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Curious. When I've researched flights to Europe out of the mid-west they were at least that expensive or more expensive. Why would a flight on the west coast be cheaper? I'm not talking about flying out of a small airport either. We're talking O'Hare or Detroit.
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Quote from ncasolo View Post :
Curious. When I've researched flights to Europe out of the mid-west they were at least that expensive or more expensive. Why would a flight on the west coast be cheaper? I'm not talking about flying out of a small airport either. We're talking O'Hare or Detroit.
Part of it could just be flight continuations.

Flight takes off in Tokyo, flies in to LAX, and then continues on to London. They want to make sure the LAX -> London leg is full so at times they'll cut deals. I have on numerous occasions seen LAX -> London flights cheaper than NYC-> London flights. At the same time though I've seen NYC flights much cheaper.

That said I also saw a LAX -> Kauai (Hawaii) flight for $500 however a San Diego -> LAX -> Kauai flight for $350. Strange thing is that the LAX -> Kauai portion of the San Diego -> LAX -> Kauai flight was the exact same flight as the LAX -> Kauai one. Same airline, same time, same plane, i.e. the EXACT same thing. Why they threw in a R/T to San Diego and cut $150 is beyond me. I've long stopped trying to figure out how airlines price their seats Big Grin
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Quote from TJ-86 View Post :
I can fly out of anywhere in the SouthWest:
LAS, LAX, PHX, SLC, SFO SJI
I'ts all close enough to me, I'm looking for the cheapest places in europe to fly to. I dont really have a destination, as I want to go many places over a month or two's time.

Some of the cheap places I've found to fly to were Athens, Greece for $779, Berlin $779 both from LAX on Lufthansa
$778 from SFO to Copenhagen on SAS
about $700 from LAX to Moscow on Aeroflot

I'm looking to get the very cheapest possible so I can have more money along the way, anyone have any ideas?
$670 LAX -> Moscow - note however that Russia has a visa requirement and I think it's like $200.

The thing I would say is that winter time in Europe is better in the Southern countries. I am a fan of fall in the more central countries (Germany, France, Spain, England, etc.) but winter there and up can be excessively rainy/snowy. Great if you want to ski in the alps but can be a bitch if you want to just see the sights.

Check out this tool.

http://matrix.itasoftware.com/

Travelocity also has a decent tool like that but the problem is whenever I click on something to book it, it says it's no longer available!

I'd also recommend you check out FlyerTalk for their fare deals or mileage runs as a lot of the time you can go somewhere cool for cheap. How many deals have they had to Istanbul in the last few months!!!!!! I got a $600 R/T to Singapore once off that forum. Definitely a lot more people there focused on what you're looking for than there are here.
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Hello everyone,

I think another aspect of flying into Europe is where you get the most miles from. Flights out of New York often offer special award bonuses.
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Quote from nomikal View Post :
Probably London, I've been three times for under 1400 total, all have been from SFO

LONDON really? You lost it mate, you have no idea that UK is among one of the most expensive when it comes to airport tax!

Paris, Frankfurt, Madrid and Rome are cheaper even when they are further away.

This might help you:
http://www.iexpats.com/2012/06/ex...rport-tax/
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Quote from laptopvaio View Post :
LONDON really? You lost it mate, you have no idea that UK is among one of the most expensive when it comes to airport tax!

Paris, Frankfurt, Madrid and Rome are cheaper even when they are further away.

This might help you:
http://www.iexpats.com/2012/06/ex...rport-tax/
I haven't noticed much of a markup flying into London but I never fly out of London which is when the tax really hits. ~$250 per economy and $1,000 per business if memory serves for my distance classification. For me I usually fly out of Dublin as Air Lingus has direct flights to Chicago and has the in-airport US customs, usually with much shorter lines than I see anywhere else. Actually just booked this exact trip again. Only $7 in fees flying through Toronto to Heathrow. Dublin would have been the cheapest to fly into but only by $100. Not worth the added cost since I actually have to go to London. Frankfurt, Paris and Amsterdam were all a couple hundred more expensive. The flight home from London would have been more expensive than Dublin before adding the tax so I'll take my usual trip over there before flying home
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would anyone change their minds if the question was changed to include a decent flying experience? i am looking to fly as cheaply as i can but i still want to get there in one piece, and not hate every second i spend on the plane.
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I believe you can fly quite cheaply into Berlin $700-800. I have a friend who travels there regularly and he always seems to have a good flight.
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Iceland is hands down the cheapest place to fly into. The problem is getting to the mainland.
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http://www.kayak.com/explore/

Choose airport then Europe and it will show you cheapest places.
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Quote from TJ-86 View Post :
I can fly out of anywhere in the SouthWest:
LAS, LAX, PHX, SLC, SFO SJI
I'ts all close enough to me, I'm looking for the cheapest places in europe to fly to. I dont really have a destination, as I want to go many places over a month or two's time.

Some of the cheap places I've found to fly to were Athens, Greece for $779, Berlin $779 both from LAX on Lufthansa
$778 from SFO to Copenhagen on SAS
about $700 from LAX to Moscow on Aeroflot

I'm looking to get the very cheapest possible so I can have more money along the way, anyone have any ideas?
Usually the best deals are on flights to London, Paris and Copenhagen but that can vary depending on special offers and big events in those cities. Another good option to look into is to fly out from Vancouver or Toronto, if you can get a cheap flight from where you live to there. We have family that live in the UK and Canada and they often get a better deal going through Canada than flying directly to/from the US.

Going through Gatwick is a good option as they have terminals for all the European budget carriers, so booking a flight to your final European destination is easier, plus Gatwick isn't as crazy busy as Heathrow. I rarely have to queue when going through Gatwick.


Quote from nomikal View Post :
Probably London, I've been three times for under 1400 total, all have been from SFO
That seems high (I'm in Seattle) but then it also depends on the time of year you're flying and how far in advance you book the tickets.

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would anyone change their minds if the question was changed to include a decent flying experience? i am looking to fly as cheaply as i can but i still want to get there in one piece, and not hate every second i spend on the plane.
For the best flying experience, BA and probably Lufthansa, haven't flown on Lufthansa yet but a family member recommended it. I'm very partial to BA as there's more room and the food is much better than on AA or Delta.
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