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Airfare to Europe Paris on Thanksgiving early December Very High!

Old Oct 6th, 2009, 08:18 PM
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There was an article in the WSJ today indicating that air fares have stopped dropping, are stable or even slightly increased. Just did a quick look at Continental out of EWR and it is $719 all in. Iceland Air is about $100 cheaper if you are willing to connect.
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Old Oct 7th, 2009, 02:29 AM
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Mara which apartment services do you think are best I need a 2 bedroom or 2 sleeping area. If you want to tell me after you book that is ok.

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Old Oct 7th, 2009, 03:05 AM
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There was an article in the WSJ today indicating that air fares have stopped dropping, are stable or even slightly increased.

Funny. I saw an article just the other day talking about how yields (the average price paid) were continuing to drop and that Continental (the only carrier to report monthly yield estimates) was anticipating its largest year-over-year drop for September. If prices have bottomed out, I suspect it is because they are as low as they can go.

I would count on continued good deals through at least next spring.
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Old Oct 7th, 2009, 06:04 AM
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yeadonite, I've just rented studios - I answered on your other thread about apartments - I put the $719 fare on hold with AA - will probably buy it tonite as they don't seem to be going down and the closer they get to the departure date they are going up.....
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Old Oct 7th, 2009, 06:56 AM
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Have you checked Air India from New York to Paris?
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Old Oct 7th, 2009, 07:11 AM
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I'm waiting for some cheaper fares, too: this is supposed to be the winter I get to take a madcap, low-cost trip to Paris.

All the planets are aligned: my workload is light enough to go, my husband's schedule will allow him to take off the time, we have grandma ready to stay with our son ... I need those classic cheap-o winter fares.

And so far, I'm seeing $700-ish. For February.
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Old Oct 7th, 2009, 07:29 AM
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Fewer planes, smaller planes, fewer seats, higher prices.

Continental is using 757's (horror show) to Europe, which must be about half the size of a 747.

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Old Oct 7th, 2009, 07:35 AM
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I'm also ready to pounce on tickets for a January trip, but I'm holding out in hopes of a fare cut. Maybe it won't happen, who knows?

Prices dipped a bit in mid-September, but haven't budged since then.

The flights I'm looking at are only about 10% full right now, so I'm praying to the airline gods that a winter sale is planned for October or November. If not, I'll just bite the bullet and spend the dough.
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Old Oct 7th, 2009, 03:58 PM
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Nanbug, how do you find out how full they are?
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Old Oct 7th, 2009, 04:04 PM
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MlleFifi - if you go through the booking process on American Airlines website - you can see a chart with the available seats. The flights I am looking at from JFK to CDG in early December are also quite empty......
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Old Oct 7th, 2009, 04:10 PM
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Mara is correct -- you can see the seating charts on the airline's web site when you start the booking process to see the fares.

It's hard to believe that they won't start sales soon with all of these mostly empty planes. But what do I know?

Oh, to have a crystal ball...
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Old Oct 7th, 2009, 04:31 PM
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In 2007 I flew to Paris the day after Thanksgiving and the plane was not even half full. They told me that is usually a slow day, so maybe fares are lower.
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Old Oct 7th, 2009, 04:32 PM
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PS I flew on an award ticket so I don't know what the fare would have been.
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Old Oct 7th, 2009, 04:54 PM
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NanBug - I know exactly what you are saying - since I've been watching the AA fare from JFK to CDG it has gone from $663 to $719 - I've already put it on a 24 hour hold twice and punked out....I think I'll wait til the weekend. If it goes up again I will be really p---ed....
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Old Oct 7th, 2009, 04:59 PM
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Mara and Nanbug,

Are you sure the unassigned seats on the chart are all unsold spaces? Don't people often pick seats long after buying tickets? I didn't get to choose KLM (code-share) seats until several weeks after booking with Delta, for example.

Once I kept putting off booking an AF flight because it looked like there were many seats left, but then the next time I searched there were no tickets available.
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Old Oct 7th, 2009, 05:10 PM
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I've read many times on this board that you should never trust a seating chart to determine how full the flight is and I completely agree. I've looked at seating charts where the flight appeared to be empty the day before my flight, so imagine my surprise to find a full plane.
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Old Oct 7th, 2009, 05:19 PM
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I'm not sure - however, when I went to Barcelona the end of January - the seating chart showed the flight very empty and it was - I think each passenger has a set of three seats to him/herself.....

On AA when you book online, the system automatically assigns you a seat which you can change if you want....

Another time I went to Japan and the plane seating chart indicated quite a number of empty seats but then it was pretty full. There seemed to be a really big group traveling so maybe they were last minute...?
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Old Oct 7th, 2009, 07:07 PM
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Just to report - I bought my ticket on AA - JFK -> CDG at the high price of $719. ;-)

After tracking other dates for the past two weeks, the prices just seem to be going up so I figured I'd buy it before it got even higher.

Good luck to everyone else looking for cheaper fares!
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Old Oct 7th, 2009, 08:24 PM
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Well Mara, even if it does drop a bit later, sometimes it just feels better to have it over and done with so you can plan the rest of your trip instead of stressing about it every day for weeks or months!
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Old Oct 7th, 2009, 10:28 PM
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I've looked at seating charts where the flight appeared to be empty the day before my flight, so imagine my surprise to find a full plane.

There seemed to be a really big group traveling so maybe they were last minute...?

The seating charts tell you pretty much nothing.

There are many people that simply don't pre-assign people, especially large groups (as in the Japan example). Also, in my experience, Europeans are MUCH less likely to pre-assign their seats. Not sure if it is habit or the fact that more book through agents and packages or whatever, but this is consistently the case. I've been on planes that showed half full the day before the flight that were oversold in coach.
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