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LA to Italy/Spain This Summer - Why so Expensive?

LA to Italy/Spain This Summer - Why so Expensive?

Old Mar 11th, 2010, 07:59 AM
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LA to Italy/Spain This Summer - Why so Expensive?

I think I might be doing something wrong, but flights from last summer to this summer seem to have gone up at least 500 dollars from LA to pretty much anywhere in Europe. I am trying to fly my brother out to visit me for a few weeks in late June/ early July (time period is unfortunately non-negotiable), and it's looking pretty nightmarish. Ideally, he would depart from LA on Monday, June 21st and leave from Seville (where I live) on Monday, July 12th.

The only pieces of our itinerary set in stone are ending in Seville (where everything I own is) and going to Rome (he wants to see the Vatican). My original thought was to fly him into Rome, explore Italy, possibly spend 5 or so days somewhere in France, and then about a week in Spain, but flights are at least $1500 and I can't help but think that there's got to be something better out there. Any thoughts/suggestions?

Thank you!
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Old Mar 11th, 2010, 08:03 AM
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I sure haven't been able to find anything better and I've been looking for a while.

There have been quite a few threads about the cost of air fares. Right now, it looks like I'd have to pay about twice what I paid last year. So right now, it looks like I'm not going to Europe this year.
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Old Mar 11th, 2010, 08:06 AM
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Hi hey,

Airfares are much higher than last year. Oil is around $80, fewer flights, etc.

I'm paying 1100 for what cost under $1000 last year.

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Old Mar 11th, 2010, 08:07 AM
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It's been around that price for at least a couple of years now. You just need to keep looking -- prices go up and down. I played roulette with Air France going from L.A. to Paris last September. It was $1,200 one day, $900 another day, all within the span of about 2 weeks. When it got down t $900, I grabbed it. For Italy, I ultimately found the best deals on Air France, flying to Paris, then changing planes and onto Rome.

Good luck!
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Old Mar 11th, 2010, 02:36 PM
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It's simple, fewer seats, fewer flights, high demand during the busy travel season.
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Old Mar 11th, 2010, 02:41 PM
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Last summer was an atypical year for Summer airfares. Even I flew then, because it was so cheap. So, don't compare this Summer with last year- think back 2 or more years.
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