Best airline fare to Italy?

Jul 11th, 2004, 10:41 PM
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Best airline fare to Italy?

I am looking for the least expensive air fare for flying the first part of Sept. Can anyone recommend the best web site to check?
Also are there any good air fare sales going on now? I realize this is high season, but is the first part of Sept. high season also?

I am considering flying into Brussels and flying out of Rome as an alternative to flying in and out of Rome.
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Jul 12th, 2004, 07:06 AM
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Hi trav,

Try these

http://airtravelcenter.com/onetrav.htm

https://www.1800flyeurope.com/

You might find it better to fly into London than brussels.

www.whichbudget.com/en
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Jul 12th, 2004, 07:12 AM
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Hi, check this thread:

http://www.fodors.com/forums/pgMessa...2&tid=34512081

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Jul 12th, 2004, 10:52 PM
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Thank you so much for your replies!
Will check them out.
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Jul 12th, 2004, 11:00 PM
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High season usually runs until 31 Oct.
I agree with Ira - I think you would be better off flying out of London instead of Brussels. whichbudget.com is a great site.
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Jul 13th, 2004, 06:48 AM
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You'll get a better airfare (if not using a budget airline) if you fly on a route from wherever you are flying from which you don't tell us, unfortunately..which has the MOST competition on that particular route...if that's to London, then great but it could be to a city such as Amsterdam, or Paris,or Dusseldorf.

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Jul 13th, 2004, 10:53 PM
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I guess I am missing something. How do I check for cheap flights from (Seattle is where I am flying from) the US on whichbudget.com?
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Jul 14th, 2004, 03:00 AM
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I think that the suggestion is to try to get a cheap flight from Seattle to London (for example), or some European city where you can get a cheap flight, and then use whichbudget.com to figure out which cheap airline you can use to fly within Europe.

This can be more hassle than getting a flight directly to Italy of course -- so it depends on how much research you want to do.
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Jul 14th, 2004, 11:20 AM
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Maybe this is too elementary an answer... but for major airlines and routes, I always start with Expedia. I consider this a workbook for checking (you can answer your own "high season" question by doing some comparisons using different dates and arrival/departure cities).

Once I find what I want I usually deal direct with an airline by phone or website.

Also read the fineprint on tickets (cheap or otherwise). I too am in Seattle... sometimes they propose a route that flies you all over creation with 2-3 stops on the way to Europe, or strange airport transfers, or overly long airport layovers.
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Jul 14th, 2004, 04:05 PM
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Hi! My fiance are flying into Paris out of Rome from Los Angeles for only $550. We were originally going to fly in and out of Italy, but the price was almost double. Now we have the best of both worlds because we get to see Paris as well! We are flying American Airlines and found the tix on www.airfare.com. They are by far the cheapest I found.
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Jul 14th, 2004, 04:06 PM
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I also forgot to mention that we are flying in the beginning of Septmeber.
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Jul 14th, 2004, 05:27 PM
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I just read a post on another site saying that someone got some great fares on Alitalia from DC to Rome for under $700. She said it was in the fall. I don't know for sure if September was included....it could be Oct. It may be worth checking out...Good luck!
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Jul 14th, 2004, 11:09 PM
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Thanks to all! Last fall my husband and I flew into Paris and out of Rome and we did see a lot of country on this trip. (We leased a car and drove) When my husband and I fly we always go on American Airlines, however this time my son who is in college is thinking of going, hence the cheapest flight possible.

I read some other postings about flying on Alitalia and read that they go on strike all the time so you never know when the next strike might take place.

Has anyone had problems with Alitalia?
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