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Cheapest place to fly into in Europe???

TJ-86 1 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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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.




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.

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.
No, I mean I've been there 3 times and paid under $1400 total. Wink
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No, I mean I've been there 3 times and paid under $1400 total. Wink
Care to share some of your tips? I am going to be needing to do trips to London from RDU and am looking for how best to do that. I have a lot of miles with US Airways that can cash in for two of their super cheap europe tickets but I was hoping to find some good cash deals so i could save my miles for when they'd make the most sense Smilie

I am also looking at going to Athens as well Smilie In case anyone has any advice.
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Turkish Airlines is doing some nice teaser fares right now as part of an expansion of US services, and it currently showing Chicago-Istanbul and DC-Istanbul for $524 round trip on selected days.
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wow, i think i'll make a stop in Istanbul for a few days at that price!
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how far in advance do you have to purchase to get a good price?

I'm thinking of going this summer (starting June 2013).
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No, I mean I've been there 3 times and paid under $1400 total. Wink

$1400 for 3 trips? this has to be price mistakes where most of the cost of the flight you are paying is for the airport taxes. Flying into London is usually more expensive than other European destinations.
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$1400 for 3 trips? this has to be price mistakes where most of the cost of the flight you are paying is for the airport taxes. Flying into London is usually more expensive than other European destinations.
My guess is they were flying during a really inexpensive time of the year (Jan/Feb for example) or using air miles or they took the trips some time ago. Or some combo of those three scenarios. I used to fly round trip to London for under $500 but that was from DFW and it was back in 2002-2005, after that the prices crept up due to fuel going up in price and airlines slapping on extra/higher fees.

FYI, Gatwick has some of the best bargains for flying into London but you have to keep a close eye on the discounted fares and pull the trigger as soon as they dip, because they don't last long. Even with having to pay for tickets from London to Belfast, it was still cheaper than flying into any other major European city or even directly to Belfast. Heathrow is a nightmare for queues, delays and high taxes/fees, won't fly into there unless there are no other options.
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And Finnair is doing their own fares sale for USA-northern Europe- book by January 17, complete travel by April 30.

http://www.finnair.com/US/GB/offers
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Finnair just announced a fare sale for select northern Europe destinations. Book by January 17 and complete travel by April 30:

http://www.finnair.com/US/GB/offers
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From DC I did an open jaw fare on Kayak into CDG, then to ZRH (loved Switzerland) then train to Italy, flight back through FCO. Be creative like this - sometimes you'll surprise yourself, like finding out it was only 50 more to fly to Zurich if booked all together.

Bottom line, if you're wanting to see many different areas, make sure you're not limiting yourself to round-trip airfare in/out of the same city.
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LAS to frankfurt with condor air is direct flight and not overly expensive if you dont care about dates. sometime LAS - London has good promotions with BA (to LHR) or virgin atlantic (to LGA).

if you go LAX - Moscow then you dont have many choices for low cost airlines from Moscow to other cities in Europe. You can use train from Moscow thru Ukraine to get to Slovakia etc.
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Anyone on the east coast can help me find a good deal? Looking to travel in June/July/August. Can leave from Philadelphia, Newark, Baltimore, DC.

I'm planning a 2 week trip so want to go to a few countries. Thinking about London, Spain, Italy, Greece, Prague, Ibiza, Germany, France, etc. Not picky on where I need to go, just want to show my husband around Europe since he's never been.

Thanks in advance!
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Anyone on the east coast can help me find a good deal? Looking to travel in June/July/August. Can leave from Philadelphia, Newark, Baltimore, DC.

I'm planning a 2 week trip so want to go to a few countries. Thinking about London, Spain, Italy, Greece, Prague, Ibiza, Germany, France, etc. Not picky on where I need to go, just want to show my husband around Europe since he's never been.

Thanks in advance!
I know you didn't say February but appears that $399 is a pretty good price if you can hurry and get some time off very soon. http://slickdeals.net/f/5791708-Washington-DC-Istanbul-399-RT-w-Taxes-on-Turkish-Airlines?v=1
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I know you didn't say February but appears that $399 is a pretty good price if you can hurry and get some time off very soon. http://slickdeals.net/f/5791708-Washington-DC-Istanbul-399-RT-w-Taxes-on-Turkish-Airlines?v=1
Thanks for the head's up! Unfortunately, I just got back from vacation so I can't go for another few months, definitely a great deal though!
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Anyone on the east coast can help me find a good deal? Looking to travel in June/July/August. Can leave from Philadelphia, Newark, Baltimore, DC.
I like this: https://www.kayak.com/explore/

You can choose "Europe" and just set the parameters to certain months, and it will give you lots of info all at once. Nothing stands out immediately as a stellar deal, but it's a starting point.
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