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What did you pay for airfare to Europe this summer?

Aug 23rd, 2010, 12:59 PM
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Because of family emergency I had to cancel my late July flight to Rome which was around 1400 and booked another flight that was leaving the day after I called the airline.

I had to pay 800 dollars extra same seats, same flights numbers but of course the date was different.
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Aug 23rd, 2010, 04:53 PM
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If you are going to boast about your bargain-hunting successes, why not mention the airline and let the rest of us benefit from your experience?
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Aug 23rd, 2010, 06:23 PM
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It's also interesting that so many people are defaulting to using their airline miles this year. Quite a few people on this thread commented on giving up on finding what they consider a "good" price and using miles instead. Maybe it's a conspiracy theory by the airlines to get people to spend their miles instead of banking them-- i.e. make the ticket prices so unattractive that travelers who are hell-bent on going will cash-in their miles. I'm mostly kidding, and realize supply/demand and many other economic factors that I don't even care to understand are at work, but who knows!

Now, playing along with the initial question:

LAX-CDG-Lyon-Brussels (R/T)
Purchased: June 2010
Traveling: October/November 2010
$604.50 all-in (bought two tickets for boyfriend and I)
Booked on Expedia.com via Kayak.com's Top 25 Cities buzz
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Aug 23rd, 2010, 06:24 PM
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Sorry, forgot to mention that all flights are on Air France.
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Aug 23rd, 2010, 06:50 PM
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$633---Chicago to Shannon

Booked in July for Sept.

Watched trip advisor flights every day for 2-3 weeks until one day the $900 flight was down to $633, back up again 2 days later.

Look every day so that when a good price comes up you will know it and be ready to jump on it.

We usually book in July for our Sept. trips.

Good Luck!
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Aug 24th, 2010, 06:29 AM
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Tue, Jun 01, 2010
Washington, DC (IAD) to Madrid, Spain (MAD)to Rome, Italy (FCO)

IAD/Madrid/FCO

Base Fare: 560.20 USD
Taxes & Fees: 39.00 USD
Total: 599.20 USD
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Aug 24th, 2010, 06:43 AM
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$818 Boston to Barcelona through Dublin on Aer Lingus. Bought the tix in March during a sale, flew in July. Often times the place we choose is determined by the airfare deals. This works because my list of countries to visit is REALLY lengthy!
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Aug 24th, 2010, 08:04 AM
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Paid $765 on 8/15 for 9/1 departure DCA-BOS-LHR; returning LHR-RDU-DCA on 9/13 - booked directly with American Airlines

I had seen a $650 fare back in July for a Washington-London RT but could not get my mother to commit at the time so lost that fare!

ALSO - Taking a 3 night break mid-trip to Amsterdam - booked on 8/15 directly with Easyjet and paid $100 RT departure LUT-AMS; returning AMS-LGW 9/6-9/9 - Flying openjaw into London and out of Amsterdam on our start-return dates was over $200 more than the WAS-LHR RT quoted above
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Aug 24th, 2010, 10:02 AM
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I think it's interesting that hardly anyone on this thread actually answered the question and had a flight in the summer (I think two) did but are quoting fares for Fall.

I wanted a vacation in July, that is when I like to go and need a vacation, so I did pay $1340 this year for a RT from Washington DC to France and back in mid-late July. It was nonstop both ways, so I could have saved a little for connections, but not that much. I checked a lot and actually never saw any as high as $1600 for what I was looking at. Maybe if you were from the West Coast, that could have been it. I pay a little more for nonstop on Air France, my preferred airline, but none of the competitors really had much better fares to Paris and most were not nonstop.
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Aug 24th, 2010, 10:24 AM
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Same boat as everyone else. Prices were sky high when we looked for the summer so we used miles for our July trip from Boston to Paris.

We are also traveling at the end of September into early October. Yes, I know it's fall but it seems like we paid summer rates so I thought I'd mention it. We fly from Boston into Bordeaux and return from Paris. We paid just under $1K per ticket. Outbound flying BOS-AMS-BOD on Delta/KLM, return on AF non stop from CDG to BOS. I *think* we booked on Orbitz?? Probably could have done it $100 cheaper per ticket if we had been willing to make connections on the return.
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Sep 2nd, 2010, 09:06 AM
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1900 for me, 1700 for each of my parents. OUCH. This was into Venice and home from Geneva.
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Sep 2nd, 2010, 09:28 AM
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RT San Francisco - Copenhagen, $1,300 pp after tax Delta/KLM Flew on Sunday, back on Monday.
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Sep 2nd, 2010, 10:17 AM
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yk...off to Switz. in Sept? Enjoy!
Bill in Boston
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Sep 2nd, 2010, 10:21 AM
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Hi; $1150 r/t, Boston to Helsinki on the 10th of August and Bergen to Boston on the 26th of August on Delta with code share, KLM.
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Sep 2nd, 2010, 10:23 AM
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P.S. Tickets were bought in early June on the Delta site. But I check with kayak.com and other sites to see if the price is consistent.
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Sep 2nd, 2010, 01:13 PM
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1800 for 2 people r/t LGW from Atlanta in October.
Cheap fares are a thing of the past.
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Sep 2nd, 2010, 05:02 PM
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I was shocked at how reasonable our Spain flights were. They were purchased only one month in advance on USair, traveling in sept.

PHL direct to Barcelona, and coming back direct Madrid to PHL, $750.
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Sep 2nd, 2010, 09:18 PM
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SFO to LHR direct via UA for $828 RT. Departed late May and returned second week of June.
Bought ticket April 30 via Travel agent found on Flyertalk.
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