Flying around Europe...is this possible?

Jan 14th, 2004, 10:24 AM
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Flying around Europe...is this possible?

This will be our first trip to Europe and since we have limited time and don't want to rush through any cities, we have decided on the following itinerary: fly to Paris, spend 5 nights, fly to Venice and spend 5 nights, then fly to Barcelona for 6 nights...and then fly home. My question is, will these tickets end up costing us a fortune? Do you think we would be better off booking ourselves or through a travel agent (we have already booked accomodations)?
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Jan 14th, 2004, 10:42 AM
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Hi

www.volareweb will fly you Paris/Venice and Venice/Barcelona for 20E each leg, but you might have to buy a RT ticket for 2x that.

Certainly looks doable.
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Jan 14th, 2004, 11:00 AM
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Some airlines - Northwest/KLM and bmi British Midland come to mind - have these "Discover Europe" airpasses that are very competitive cost-wise with rail passes. You purchase as many segments as you need for a set per segment rate. On Northwest/KLM is something like $80 or $90 a segment.
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Jan 14th, 2004, 11:47 AM
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There are a host of budget airlines in Europe that can easily handle your itinerary - most will happily sell one-way tickets as well as round trips; however they often serve secondary airports, e.g. Luton or Stansted in London, or Orly in Paris (which may actually be more convenient than the Heathrows or CDGs). Two useful websites for sorting out who goes where, with links for reservations and costs, are:
http://www.flybudget.com and
http://www.whichbudget.com

The two big international airline alliances, OneWorld (British, American, Swiss et al) and Star (United, Lufthansa et al) offer European air pass programs, where you can buy coupons for flight segments based on the distance flown, with prices typically ranging from under US$100 to US$175 or so depending. You have to buy these in conjunction with your overseas ticket, and they're only for sale to non-residents of Europe. These flights will be on the major carriers and will use principal airports, however, even with the declining dollar, you can still usually beat them with the budget airlines. NW and KLM have a similar program.

Also consider an open-jaw itinerary for your transatlantic travel - to Paris, from Barcelona in your case, thereby reducing by one your "internal" flights.
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Jan 14th, 2004, 12:15 PM
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alg,

You picked three cities which are very conveniently connected to each other by low-fare airlines:

As mentioned by Ira, Volareweb will get you from Paris to Venice and from Venice to Barcelona.

In addition, Easyjet will fly you from Barcelona to Paris, should it be cheaper to purchase a roundtrip transatlantic ticket to Paris rather than an open jaw coming into Paris and leaving from Barcelona.

Both carriers price their flights on a one-way basis, NO roundtrip purchase necessary. Generally tickets are cheaper the farther in advance they are sold, so book early.

www.volareweb.com
www.easyjet.com

Hope this helps,
Andre
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Jan 14th, 2004, 12:17 PM
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Oh, forgot to mention that both airlines can only be booked direct, so forget about a travel agent - however you might want to get a quote from a TA for the transatlantic ticket.

Hope this helps,
Andre
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Jan 14th, 2004, 12:19 PM
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Thank you all very much!
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Jan 14th, 2004, 01:10 PM
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Be aware that many of the big airlines that offer those special segments are only available if you purchase your transatlantic fare with the same airline.
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Jan 14th, 2004, 01:18 PM
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Does Volareweb only fly from or into Venice?
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Jan 14th, 2004, 01:21 PM
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Dear cruise,

If you go the the website you will find all of the cities that they fly from.
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Jan 14th, 2004, 03:36 PM
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i just booked a one-way flight from naples to venice for 19.99 Euro... but they really slam on the taxes, so it is really like almost 40 euro... still great!!
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Jan 14th, 2004, 03:36 PM
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edited to add--- the flights i booked are Volare.
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