URGENT: Should I buy this airfare????

Old Jun 16th, 2004, 02:21 PM
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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.
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Old Jun 16th, 2004, 02:24 PM
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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.
 
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Try 1800flyeurope.com just in case, but otherwise buy (IMHO).
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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..
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Old Jun 16th, 2004, 03:02 PM
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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.
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Old Jun 16th, 2004, 03:08 PM
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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.
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Old Jun 16th, 2004, 03:31 PM
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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?
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Old Jun 16th, 2004, 03:46 PM
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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.
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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
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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.
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Old Jun 16th, 2004, 05:02 PM
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The price sounds good.
What other considerations about the trip, the flight, do you have other than price?!
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Old Jun 16th, 2004, 06:15 PM
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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?
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Old Jun 16th, 2004, 06:39 PM
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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.
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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.
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Old Jun 16th, 2004, 07:46 PM
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Wait. Look after Labor Day.
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Old Jun 16th, 2004, 07:53 PM
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FYI - in rome last year All US bound passengers were asked to check in 3 hours early
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