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Reed181 Jun 16th, 2004 03:21 PM

URGENT: Should I buy this airfare????
 
Hi everyone --
I found the following rate on fly Europe for SFO to ROM and ROM to SFO for the fall (October): $570 + 115 taxes. Originally we had wished to return from Venice but I'm getting really scared about how high the fares seem... The fare I found open jaw from Venice on the same dates was almost $400 higher. Should I buy this fare??? Do you think if I wait I might ever get a fare SFO-ROM-VCE_SFO close to this? I know you aren't psychic so best guesses are fine. For you experienced fall travelers, am I crazy to think that I can get something close to that price for a return from venice or should I just forget that idea and train it back to Rome?? THANK YOU SO MUCH For any quick responses... I've got the page held and I'm ready to buy if you guys think I should do it.
Kimberly

Chatters Jun 16th, 2004 03:24 PM

I think you should go for it. That fare is very, very good for October and that route is extremely popular in October. I jumped at a $570 ticket from the Northeast to FCO and it was in NOVEMBER. Go for it.

WillTravel Jun 16th, 2004 03:25 PM

Try 1800flyeurope.com just in case, but otherwise buy (IMHO).

kismetchimera Jun 16th, 2004 03:25 PM

Buy it..The cheap airplane fares are almost a thing of the past..Just take the ES and in 4 or 5 hours you can go to Venice.
Buon Viaggio..:)

Huitres Jun 16th, 2004 04:02 PM

This appears to be a duplicate thread, so I have responded to both.....the fare you found sounds like a good one. If you still want to check around, I would suggest contacting Artisan Travel, located right there in SF, at 369 Pine Street, Suite 222, San Francisco, CA 94104
www.artisantravel.com (1-800-994-4370) or you can email Barbara at [email protected], she was very helpful and replied quickly. I just bought a ticket from them that priced $500 less than United Airlines quoted me for the exact routing.

Also, try Economytravel.com (1-888-222-2110), their prices were even lower than Artisan Travel (by $100)! However they couldn't offer me the same routing as my little daughter's mileage plus seat I was trying to match with on UA.

mmr41 Jun 16th, 2004 04:08 PM

BUY IT!!!!!!!!!

Best fare I've seen SFO to FCO was $536 in 2003. Unfortunately I had to use a friends and family ticket that ended up costing about $400. Lost the opportunity fo FF miles too. Oh well.

As Kismetchimera states, take the train to Venice on arrival, it will give you a few hours to wind down. Enjoy venice on your first evening, then wake up fully rested.

Reed181 Jun 16th, 2004 04:31 PM

Okay -- I think I'm going to do it but one last question: Our flight from Rome back to U.S.A. leaves at 7 am. What kind of problems does that provide? I realize we might have to have a hotel room the night before, although I was thinking we could even hang out in the aiport considering you'd need to be there by 3 or 4 anyway. Also, does anyone know what time the late train from Venice arrives into Rome?

THANK YOU!!

P.S. I found out it's on Delta. Is that still good?

Huitres Jun 16th, 2004 04:46 PM

7:00 am is a very early departure from Rome. The Leonardo Express commuter trains to/from Rome's Termini train station and FCO airport don't start until 6:00 ish. While European airports don't have the same "2 hours prior to international flights" rule as we do in the U.S., I still would suggest getting to the airport at least 1 hour prior. To that end, you could either take a taxi from your hotel directly to FCO or find a hotel close to FCO to stay the night.

To find out all train times/departures/prices, go to www.trenitalia.com and put in the city pairs you would like (i.e. Venice-Rome) and the day(s) you want to travel and all the information will be provided to you, including how long the train's journey time is, faster trains, etc.

christieCA Jun 16th, 2004 05:01 PM

I've never spent the night at an airport, but did come across these two sites while looking to see if Heathrow had showers:
http://www.sleepinginairports.net/europe/rome.htm

http://www.expedia.com/daily/airports/Rome.asp

I don't think you will have any problems taking a taxi at that time of morning and getting to the airport around 5-5:30

suze Jun 16th, 2004 05:16 PM

To me plane routing is even more important than price. Do you know exactly how you're getting from San Fran to Rome? I can't stand flying west coast USA to Europe making a bunch of stops, getting stuck with long airport layovers or multiple transfers. I would pay more for the exact open jaws plan I had in mind. But just like we can't predict whether you will find something cheaper later on, I can't judge how important price over convenience is to another traveler.

european17 Jun 16th, 2004 06:02 PM

The price sounds good.
What other considerations about the trip, the flight, do you have other than price?!

Betsy Jun 16th, 2004 07:15 PM

Did you get the flight? I played around with the dates offered when I got an email alert from Travelocity this morning. Outbound was OK, but there didn't seem to be any return seats. Seems odd doesn't it? Could this be a come-on?

platzman Jun 16th, 2004 07:39 PM

Go for it! Its a good fare for that time of year. You've just prompted me to start looking for fares in October/November from New Orleans to Rome.

kismetchimera Jun 16th, 2004 08:42 PM

Reed,
There is a train that leave Venice at 22PM and arrive at termini at 6:10 Am. You must change in Bologna..But if your flight leave at 7AM, is not a good time.
Anyway, check trenitalia.com for a different time.

N2it Jun 16th, 2004 08:46 PM

Wait. Look after Labor Day.

dgruzew Jun 16th, 2004 08:53 PM

FYI - in rome last year All US bound passengers were asked to check in 3 hours early


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