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Free Lodging in Paris - Timing is the issue

Free Lodging in Paris - Timing is the issue

Jan 17th, 2007, 10:21 AM
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Free Lodging in Paris - Timing is the issue

Hi everyone. My husband and I have been given a gift of free lodging in the place of our choosing (within reason) and we've chosen Paris. The lodging is free, but everything else is on us. We're trying to get there as inexpensively as possible so we can enjoy ourselves as much as possible when we're there. I thought September would be cheaper, but someone said recently that September is still considered high season? If anyone could offer advice when we could get there inexpensively and not freeze I'd appreciate it. I understand ticket prices have been going up, but I guess I'm just trying to get an idea. This was a very unexpected surprise and I'm just getting started with planning and really don't even know where to start. Thanks for any help
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Jan 17th, 2007, 03:21 PM
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first off, where are you flying from?

If I were to get a trip with free lodging,(which comes second to airfare), then I would go when it was nice. I heard Sept is nice, in fact, I'm thinking of going then. Do not try to go on the "cheap" too much because it could end up affecting the time you have. For example, if it's cheaper in low season,it's because it's colder.
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Jan 17th, 2007, 07:19 PM
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If you like hot weather, many Paris hotels have summer promotions between July 15-Aug 31. Be advised to get one with A/C if you have difficulty sleeping in overwarm rooms.

Otherwise, cheaper hotel rates don't start until November thru March, excluding holiday period.

Airfares are lower now-March, and perhaps April. You should do some airfare 'shopping' on Orbitz, Kayak, etc for different months to get an idea of what is 'cheaper'.
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Jan 18th, 2007, 07:18 AM
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Hi D,

Lucky you.

>We're trying to get there as inexpensively as possible...

Airfares usually go down after Labor Day.

Mid Sept-mid Oct is a great time to be in Paris.

I think that the lowest air fares would be from mid-Jan to mid-March.

See www.mobissimo.com and www.kayak.com.

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Jan 18th, 2007, 07:28 AM
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Also check onetravel.com and www.itasoftware.com
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Jan 18th, 2007, 08:10 AM
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We'll be flying out of BWI. Does the time of year matter as much as the time of purchase? Is it best to wait to within just a few months of departure? Thanks again - I'm a totally inexperienced traveler. Last time I went to Europe was nearly 20 years ago when I was 16.
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Jan 18th, 2007, 09:28 AM
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Hi doo,

>Is it best to wait to within just a few months of departure? <

You have to keep looking.

I often get very good fares for Sept in Feb.

Currently kayak has BWI/CDG for $503 on AF nonstop for March 1.

There's a flight out of DCA to CDG via EWR on Air India for only $664 in mid Sept. That's a very good price.

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Jan 18th, 2007, 01:08 PM
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Thanks a lot everyone. I'll keep my eyes and computer screen open.
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