Is This a Good Airfare for Germany??

Aug 15th, 2007, 07:52 AM
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Is This a Good Airfare for Germany??

It's been a while since I've traveled to Germany. I found an open jaw fare of $800 for May 2008. The flight is from Portland, OR to Berlin and then from Vienna back to Portland. Is this is a good fare for this destination and this time of year?

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Aug 15th, 2007, 08:01 AM
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It's hard to predict whether the price will go up or not, but given the much higher prices to Europe I think it looks like a pretty good deal. My thought is that if you like the itinerary and the prices fits within your budget then go for it.

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Aug 15th, 2007, 08:02 AM
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If it genuinely fits your needs - - right dates, satisfactory connections, and includes all taxes, then I recommend you buy it in the next three minutes.

Unless you are the kind of investor who knows how to double $800, with no risk, every six months. In which case - - I want to hire you to take over my portfolio.

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Aug 15th, 2007, 08:07 AM
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hi nw,

That's pretty good, especially for non-stop.

When in May?

Where did you find it?

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Aug 15th, 2007, 08:25 AM
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I doubt very much the flights are non-stop.
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Aug 15th, 2007, 08:26 AM
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I think it's excellent assuming that includes all taxes/fees, because Vienna isn't cheap. That can't possibly be nonstop, I'm sure. I'll bet there is no such thing to/from Portland.
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Aug 15th, 2007, 09:07 AM
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You're right it's not nonstop, but it does include all taxes and fees. The route is Portland-Dallas-London-Berlin and coming back it is Vienna-London-Dallas-Portland. With a switch from LHR to LGW on the return flight.

Ira, to answer your questions the airline is American and my trip is tentatively scheduled for late May.
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Aug 15th, 2007, 09:27 AM
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<< a switch from LHR to LGW on the return flight >>

Ah, there's the rub...

Worth $150 less than without that fly in the ointment, IMO...

All depends on the relative value you put on money vesus possible (big) hassle and inconvenience. Can you build a night overnight stay in London (your lodging and other expenses your own) and get the same fare? That's how I would do it - - time permitting.
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Aug 15th, 2007, 09:31 AM
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That sounds good enough to purchase.
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Aug 15th, 2007, 09:47 AM
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Hi NW,

Even with the multiple stops, it is a decent price.

How much time do you have to get from LHR to LGW?

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Aug 15th, 2007, 09:49 AM
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2 issues:

1) what Rex pointed out. Having to switch from LHR-LGW on the return flight. I know AA is moving one of its London flights from LGW to LHR sometime this fall, so I wonder if you couldn't just catch the new LHR-DFW flight?

2) You're not visiting the UK at all, but just by stopping in an UK airport you're paying an additional £40 Air Passenger Duty charge.

Try looking at UA which flies to FRA and partner with LH.
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Aug 15th, 2007, 09:57 AM
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Looks like the LHR-DFW (AA 51) departs at 10:15am. Whereas your VIE-LHR arrives at 9:10am. With just over an hour to transit in LHR makes it an illegal connection.
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Aug 15th, 2007, 10:07 AM
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As long as the flight arrives on time in LHR (9:10am) I have about 3.5 to 4 hours to get to LGW (2:15pm), assuming you have to get the airport 60-90 minutes before the flight. Is that enough time? What are the options for getting between LHR and LGW and how long does it normally take?

I did check United and their fare for the same dates and route is over $2,000. And round trip to Berlin is over $1800.
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Aug 15th, 2007, 10:15 AM
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nwtraveler-

You have plenty of time for the LHR-LGW transfer. (check National Express coach website). You're responsible for the fare on the bus.

I certainly thinks the UA prices are way too high, but believe it may drop some. Looking at UA/LH and the * alliance option, you can fly:
nonstop PDX-FRA
nonstop FRA-TXL
nonstop VIE-FRA
nonstop FRA-PDX

If you need to get the tickets NOW, then go ahead and buy AA. If you can wait around a bit, I'd just keep checking UA's website for fare sale.

I personally would pick 2 flights over 3 flights + LHR-LGW transfer.

Last consideration, are you member of UA or AA's frequent flyer program? Do you have status in either one? That will make a difference in one's decision also.
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Aug 15th, 2007, 10:29 AM
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You wouldn't believe it (or maybe you would), but the LHR to LGW transfer has completely disappeared from the AA schedule for the dates I was originally searching and the airfare is now over $900. Too funny!

I am a member of both UA and AA FF programs, but don't have enough miles.
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Aug 15th, 2007, 10:40 AM
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Maybe the $384 inc. tax roundtrip Lufthansa special for May 2008 is something for you? Unfortunately only EWR/ORD/YYZ to DUS.
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=725185
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Aug 15th, 2007, 10:45 AM
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I am a member of both UA and AA FF programs, but don't have enough miles.

I guess I should have been more clear - do you have elite status with either FF program?

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Aug 15th, 2007, 10:51 AM
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I think it's a good price. When I fly from SFO to Europe, I usually pay around $1,100 (mostly on United, which is where I have my FF miles). I would take the $800, definitely.
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Aug 16th, 2007, 06:39 AM
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Thanks to everyone for taking the time to respond to my post. I really appreciate the help. I was able to find the $800 fare again after completely logging out of the AA site. I have decided to buy the $800 fare and not look at airfares again for the next 8 months. ;-)
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