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Discount Airfares from US to Europe

 
 
Swimpy
 
Reply Fri 2 Jun, 2006 09:18 am
Does anyone know of any good websites for booking travel from the US to Europe? I ultimately want to reach Austria, but I'm willing to land just about anywhere and take the train to Austria if it's cheaper. I also think it would be more fun.
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Swimpy
 
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Reply Fri 2 Jun, 2006 03:35 pm
Anybody?
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 2 Jun, 2006 08:01 pm
Hang in there, Swimp, someone knowing something will post....
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Swimpy
 
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Reply Sat 3 Jun, 2006 09:13 am
I hope so. <Tapping>
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 3 Jun, 2006 09:21 am
Here's an old thread that has some helpful posts..
(I remember seeing other comments on airflights, will keep looking.)

http://www.able2know.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=61560&
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ul
 
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Reply Sat 3 Jun, 2006 09:25 am
This site helped me- a collection of several links.

http://www.independenttraveler.com/resources/article.cfm?AID=631&category=42&page=2

Airports- check Budapest,Munich, Frankfurt, Bratislava.
Bratislava offers transportation to Vienna for 10€, takes about an hour by bus.

or even smaller ones in Austria.
Like Salzburg,Graz or Linz- you might be able to find a charter.
Good luck.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 3 Jun, 2006 09:25 am
another old thread on the subject -
http://www.able2know.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=64429
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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Sat 3 Jun, 2006 09:33 am
Oy Swimpy, airfare prices have gone up considerably in the past few months, but Austrian Air has some special deals, if you could fly from
NYC.

http://www.austrianair-vacations.com/csvie_summer06.htm

Where would you fly from (Des Moines is a bit out of reach Wink )
and when?
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Swimpy
 
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Reply Sat 3 Jun, 2006 09:58 am
Oh goodie. Thanks for replying Osso, ul and CJ. I have to run now, but I'll be back in a few hours to check out all of your links.

CJ, I'm flexible on all aspects of this trip, including if I go at all this year.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sat 3 Jun, 2006 12:02 pm
I would try to look for a fligh to/from London at e.g. Virgin Express and then use from London to Vienna Air Berlin/NIKI.

It might be a good idea to book "months" advance and use 'regular' airlines: I'd booked my flights about half a year in advance and paid as little as $ 850* for a round flight Paderborn (no parking fees, just 15 mins from my home), Munich, Chicago, Denver, Albuquerque, Denver, Frankfurt - with Lufthansa and United (* including all and everything, from taxes to service charges etc etc).
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Swimpy
 
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Reply Sat 3 Jun, 2006 01:22 pm
Fantastic links, folks, especially Ul's. Actually Graz is closest to where I'm headed. I found a Continental Airlines flight from Chicago to Cologne for $380 US one-way. Not bad. Now I need to check Walter's Air Berlin link to see if I can get there fom Cologne. I could check the trains too.

Cj, Austrian Air had a great price from NYC to Vienna but I would need to travel before June 12. I don't think I can get away that soon, darn it.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sat 3 Jun, 2006 01:28 pm
Link for Railway connections.

I really suggest, you look at expedis or opodo (www.expedia.com - ww. opodo.com) when you want more distant dtaes - usually they've collected already most "super deals".

I only suggest AirBerlin, because it has some service included (opposite to "low budget airlines").

Graz airport is only served by Ryan Air from London/ Stansted (as a budget airline), otherwise Lufthansa and Austrian.
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ul
 
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Reply Sat 3 Jun, 2006 02:12 pm
Check the train fare- it might be less expensive to
go by Ryan Air.

Train fare will be about 150€ and takes 11 hours to
13 hours- depending on the train.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sat 3 Jun, 2006 02:17 pm
London - Graz - London is ± $ 140 (inlcuding all taxes).
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ul
 
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Reply Sat 3 Jun, 2006 02:25 pm
Or even less- depending when you will travel.


Just look and book early-

http://www.ryanair.com/site/EN/index.php?fares=more
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sat 3 Jun, 2006 02:34 pm
Right, but you've alway to add about $ 60 for taxes, fees & charges.
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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Sat 3 Jun, 2006 02:54 pm
Swimpy wrote:
Cj, Austrian Air had a great price from NYC to Vienna but I would need to travel before June 12. I don't think I can get away that soon, darn it.


No Swwimpy, they advertise that you need to travel from April 1 - October 31, 2006. You probably need to book by June 12 in order to take advantage of the low fare. Look....

http://www.borge.diesal.de/a2k/vienna.jpg
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ul
 
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Reply Sat 3 Jun, 2006 03:01 pm
It seems there is a price difference if you start from London or from Graz. I checked the German site and found a flight ( all included, roundtrip) for
58€.

The English site of Ryan has blackout dates which I didn't see on the Austrian site.

Blackout Period: 14th Jul '06 - 31st Aug '06
Notes on this fare: All Holidays, School Breaks and major sporting events are excluded from this offer
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ul
 
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Reply Sat 3 Jun, 2006 03:17 pm
Swimpy,
check also for flights to Salzburg.
Salzburg- Graz is about 3 hours by car.
Train about 4 to 6 hours- depending on the train.
Fare one way-about 45€.

Train Vienna - Graz about 2 1/2 hours
Fare one way about 30 €
Car about 3 hours.
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Swimpy
 
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Reply Sat 3 Jun, 2006 05:06 pm
CJ, I read wrong. Thanks!

I'm going to need some time to digest all this info. You people are good!
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