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01/09/2004 10:53:57 PM · #1
Since it sounds as if a few of you do some travelling overseas I was wondering if anyone had some good tips on finding flight bargains to the UK, London to be specific.

I've a friend who wants me to go to Spain with them but the roundtrip prices from the US to London are a tad higher than I'd like to pay.

So any not-so-secret booking tips? It would be the last weekend in May most likely for the beginning of the trip and returning the following weekend.

Thanks in advance!

- Sia
01/09/2004 11:05:56 PM · #2
Maybe fly to Canada and then overseas? Flying out from a smaller airport or an airport that is miles further then the one near you is usually cheaper.

Message edited by author 2004-01-09 23:08:01.
01/09/2004 11:31:34 PM · #3
It normally costs more flying on a weeked so you may want to look at flying in the middle of the week instead.
01/09/2004 11:36:43 PM · #4
No one knows how long it will last, but airlines in Canada are engaged in a fierce price war. It would depend on close you are to the border and how soon you'd be able to book, I imagine.
01/10/2004 02:18:03 AM · #5
Also, there's a weird thing that happens - maybe what faidoi is referring to. Longer flights with connections cost less, even for the same plane. Example - family flew to LA in June 2002. We live 3 driving hours from Columbus, OH, and same from Cincinnati. We could get round trip tix for $275 each Columbus-Cincy-LAX. But if we drove to Cincy to catch THE SAME PLANES, round trip, it was $400 each. Go figure.

How do you find this out? I used Travelocity to research, then called the airline to verify, eventually booked the cheap trip on Travelocity. If you pick a couple of airports that aren't impossibly far away from your home, try each of them, and see what shakes out.
01/10/2004 05:34:44 AM · #6
Find it in iberia.com (in the USA site). If you want to come directly to Spain, the cost of the ticket I think it´s good. At the same time, you can go to London via Madrid.

I hope I help you.
01/10/2004 12:29:57 PM · #7
One more thing... try to arrange all your flights as part of your transatlantic itinerary. Flights within Europe booked separately tend to be priced quite high.
01/10/2004 01:48:45 PM · #8
Originally posted by kirbic:

One more thing... try to arrange all your flights as part of your transatlantic itinerary. Flights within Europe booked separately tend to be priced quite high.


Respectfully, I'm not at all sure this is true anymore ... th on-going price-war between all our European 'low-cost' airlines is leading to some ridiculously small prices, especially if booked well in advance.

Ed
01/10/2004 07:23:32 PM · #9
Originally posted by e301:

Originally posted by kirbic:

One more thing... try to arrange all your flights as part of your transatlantic itinerary. Flights within Europe booked separately tend to be priced quite high.


Respectfully, I'm not at all sure this is true anymore ... th on-going price-war between all our European 'low-cost' airlines is leading to some ridiculously small prices, especially if booked well in advance.

Ed


Hey, that's good to know! Hope it lasts until my next trip...
01/10/2004 07:37:59 PM · #10
Yeah, if you are careful when you fly, some of them will pay you to get on the plane....

In a lot of cases if you'll travel at weird hours of the night, all you pay is the airport tax (about $20) - in some cases, the airline will even pick that up for you...
01/10/2004 08:36:03 PM · #11
There are always travel agents. I usually check travelocity and the other online engines first so I have an idea of what's out there. Then I call the local STA Travel. They have access to all the airlines and can come up with some good rates. I think they charged me $20 to do the booking for my last trip, but the ticket was a couple hundred cheaper than I could find online.
You can often find cheaper tickets between major cities if you're close to a big one. Check out a few departure cities just for comparison if you have the option. I know there's a company in my city that's started running vans to the Nashville airport 3 hours away just for ppl flying out of there.
01/10/2004 09:33:10 PM · #12
Thank you for all the ideas! I'm really really wanting to go because I haven't been outside the US since I was 2, so I have my fingers crossed that I can find something affordable.

I have checked the usual online suspects, travelocity, expedia, orbitz and wasn't happy with the prices, but I will check iberia.com and I think the next step may be to see what a travel agent could come up with.

Before I get any further I need to work on getting my passport though I think, I heard it could take up to 6 months so I better get crackin'!

Again, thank you guys for the tips - I really appreciate the help!

- Sia
01/10/2004 09:39:54 PM · #13
I've used Hotwire before. Their booking is a little different, but sometimes its quite a bit cheaper then the other ones I've checked. They don't give you the time you fly out, or the airline you fly on though until you've purchased the ticket. Everytime I've used them the depature time is usually early in the morning making your trip, and late in the afternoon on the return trip.

//www.hotwire.com - hotwire
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