sticker shock - summer airfare

Old Mar 1st, 2007, 08:51 AM
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sticker shock - summer airfare

I was planning to take a trip at the end of summer, going into Milan and out of Barcelona. When I first checked the price it was $1500 - too much! now it is $1800 - OH MY GOSH! How are the rest of you Fodorites making out with summer airfares? (may dates are Aug. 25 - Sept. 8)
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Old Mar 1st, 2007, 09:07 AM
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Is it possible for you to play around those dates ? I mean, 24 to 9 or something like that. It's because I'm thinking you are not flying direct from the States and if you are getting intra european flights your dates are weekends...many europeans travel only for the weekend (me , for example)
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Booking early helps. I'm flying to Zurich on 8/31, but I'm making my journey in 2 flights. I'm flying DFW to Newark roundtrip using AA miles and then from Newark to Zurich. That leg of the trip is costing me $845. I've noticed that prices this year are slightly higher than normal.
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I think the season makes a huge difference. A few years ago we went to Paris in March - tickets were in the mid-$600s from DFW. Last summer we paid $1075 from DFW to Rome (and I shopped a lot to get it that low.) In a couple of weeks we're going to Barcelona - $642 each. I'm checking July flights to Brussels or Amsterdam, and they're coming in in the $1200 range. It's painful! I'm really thing of combining our this year's trip to Belgium and Holland with next year's trip to Germany...the kids would be disappointed, but the prices are getting to me!
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Old Mar 1st, 2007, 09:21 AM
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suec1 - Where are you flying from?
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Old Mar 1st, 2007, 09:37 AM
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I am flying from Atlanta - now I will admit that these high prices are for non-stop on my favorite airline, Delta, but that is what I have used in the past and it has never been anywhere near $1800! I think the highest before was into BCN and out of VCE at around $1200. Usually tho I have paid $1000 or less for open jaw non stop flights to a variety of cities. I have gotten spoiled with yearly trips to Europe - now I am thinking I may have to cut back - between the dollar and airfares its getting very pricey. Boy am I glad I took severalt trips after 9/11 when many people weren't traveling and the dolloar was healthier!
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I just checked kayak.com and the lowest including tax was $1216 on KLM.
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Correct. KLM for about $1,200, via AMS. And you can earn DL miles on KLM.
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Are you checking fares several times a day? If you have time, you'll find (at least on aa.com) that the fares for the same routes change constantly. When I booked Italy for 1075, I had seen 1200 and 1400 within 24 hours. On the day I booked Barcelona, the fare varied by $200 per ticket in a 2 hour time frame.
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Hi S,

If you can postpone until after Labor Day, you will save quite a bit.

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If there is a way to move your trip to beginning of summer, Lufthansa just announced fares of, for ex., DFW - FRA $351 OW (IAH - FRA is only $276). Start trip by 5/17 and end by 6/17.
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Hopefully you'll find something. I just got an e-mail from Air France, 199.00 one way from NY to Paris. Now, since I'm not going anywhere for quite awhile, I did NOT investigate possible additonal charges, taxes etc. and the dates travel was good for, and just deleated it. So, you might sign up for e-mails and as advised, keep checking, checking, checking.
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crefloor, what exactly have you signed up for to get AirFrance to e-mail you? I'm having trouble getting to anything on their site that looks like they will send you information. Any info will be helpful--thanks!

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Old Mar 1st, 2007, 11:59 AM
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I phoned Delta in early November for my January trip to Rome. They quoted me about $1200 rt from JFK to Rome on a code share with Alitalia. In January!

I called Alitalia and got the SAME flights for $800 or so.

The idea here is to find out if your flights are operated on a code share basis. If so, try the other airline and see what they come up with.
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Hi Suec1,

I feel your pain. I am going to Turkey at the end of September and started watching the Delta fares during the summer, as soon as the dates I wanted to travel were available I monitored the fares like a hawk and ended up getting a fare of about $1100 for roundtrip from Savannah, GA to Istanbul.

I'm also going to Rome at Christmas and did the same close monitoring of the Delta fares as soon as the dates I needed became available I monitored throughout the day and got really lucky and found a $1000 round trip fare from Savannah to Rome for the week of Christmas, since then the price has gone up by $200. I know it may come down, but I wasn't willing to take that chance. And being the Christmas holiday I figured chances of the fare going below $1000 was pretty slim.
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$1260 all in - see below



Atlanta, GA to Milan, Italy: 4881 miles 12 hrs 20 min
Northwest Airlines Northwest Airlines Flight NW8622 on an Airbus A330 (jet) in coach class
(operated by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines as Flight KL622)
(meal, snack)
Departs Atlanta, GA (ATL) Sat, Aug 25 5:05p 8 hrs 40 min
Arrives Amsterdam, Netherlands (AMS) Sun, Aug 26 7:45a
1 adult in booking code H, covered by fare (A1) below
Layover in Amsterdam 1 hr 55 min
Northwest Airlines Northwest Airlines Flight NW8523 on a Boeing 737 (jet) in coach class
(operated by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines as Flight KL1623)
(breakfast)
Departs Amsterdam, Netherlands (AMS) Sun, Aug 26 9:40a 1 hr 45 min
Arrives Milan, Italy (MXP) 11:25a
1 adult in booking code H, covered by fare (A1) below
Note: The flight from Atlanta (ATL) to Amsterdam (AMS) is overnight.

Barcelona, Spain to Atlanta, GA: 5157 miles 13 hrs 40 min
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Flight KL1664 on a Boeing 737 (jet) in coach class
(snack)
Departs Barcelona, Spain (BCN) Sat, Sept 8 6:00a 2 hrs 25 min
Arrives Amsterdam, Netherlands (AMS) 8:25a
1 adult in booking code Q, covered by fare (A2) below
Layover in Amsterdam 1 hr 55 min
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Flight KL621 on an Airbus A330 (jet) in coach class
(meal, snack)
Departs Amsterdam, Netherlands (AMS) Sat, Sept 8 10:20a 9 hrs 20 min
Arrives Atlanta, GA (ATL) 1:40p
1 adult in booking code Q, covered by fare (A2) below



Fare (A1): NW ATLMIL HHWAN21 fare (rules) $762.00
Fare (A2): KL BCNATL QKUSE fare (rules) $409.00
Tax: US September 11th Security Fee $2.50
Tax: US International Departure Tax $15.10
Tax: US Passenger Facility Charge $4.50
Tax: Spanish Security Tax €1.46
Tax: Spanish Airport Services Charge €4.32
Tax: US International Arrival Tax $15.10
Tax: The Netherlands Security Service Charge €8.22
Tax: The Netherlands Noise Isolation Charge €4.00
Tax: The Netherlands Passenger Service Charge €9.12
Tax: US Customs Fee $5.00
Tax: US Immigration Fee $7.00
Tax: USDA APHIS Fee $5.00
Total for 1 adult passenger: $1260.80
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Old Mar 1st, 2007, 01:49 PM
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My wife and I vacation before or after "vacation" season. Lower costs, few people and no families!!!!
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I have been fortunate to have found my fares very inexpensive due to that I'll be traveling during the low season. It's a win win situation. There is hardly any tourists in Europe from Sept-March and the hotels, plains tickets are at their lowest.No to mention non-existent lines at the museums (my friend went to Florence in November and had the "David" to herself for 15 minutes..I consider that a miracle!)anyway, check out farecompare.com it gives you a report on how much the airfare is to the destination of your choice for every month of the year. I booked multi-destinations: LAX-LHR, ORLY-Ciampino, FCO-LAX for under $750USD, I leave in 14 days!
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Season is everything. I mostly travel out of season - it helps with avoiding the crowds and you frequently get to experience places in their natural state ie not exploiting tourists.
I have to say that in europe we are blessed with buget airlines and I tend to choose destinations based on what bargain tickets are on offer - sooner or later I will see everywhere I want to see, it just might take a while. The other thing to remember is that you can always get on-ward connections with trains and ferries. For instance, if you want to go to Paris, you could fly to London, catch the eurostar train and be in Paris in two hours.
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suec1, i'll check the site for you. I honestly can't remember how I signed up. It came up at some point during my many searches. I'll see if I can find it. I'll post back if I find it.
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