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post #1 of 8
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Anyone have a "secret way" of getting cheap tickets to Europe?

 

I'm trying to get to Europe (Boston to Zurich or Boston to Munich) over feb break with my family and finding tickets to be about $650.  Not crazy steep but when you have to purchase 4 tickets at that price It's starting to look expensive.  I'd like to get these tickets for cheaper.   I've tried all your normal venues - kayak.com, vayama.com, mobismo.com... 

 

Do you have any great go to sites, ticket agents... when purchasing tickets to europe?

 

thanks,

 

matt

 

 

post #2 of 8

I don't know of any special sites, but I can suggest an alternative route.

 

If you can find some cheap flights from Boston to London (especially if the flights land at Gatwick airport), you should be able to get cheap flights from Gatwick to Zurich with EasyJet.

 

If you book early enough with EasyJet, you can often get round-trip flights from London to Zurich for less than $100. Depending on the prices from Boston to London, it might work out cheaper that way.

post #3 of 8

Also you might want to check on flights into Stutgartt, a couple of times I have found flights there that are cheaper than other cities. 

 

Also you might want to look into some of the non-US airlines for good deals...sometimes the Asian based airlines or even lesser know European ones have some great deals (but you might want to check the safety rating before committing).  With in Europe, a great option is also RyanAir.

 

If you stumble onto something good, be sure to share the info wink.gif

post #4 of 8

Try a different airport departure or destination airport to the main routes (NY, London, Frankfurt) or try the likes of Air India, Bengladeshi etc 

post #5 of 8

If you bring your own skis or have lots of luggage read the small print. Some of the cheap airlines in Europe ask for additional charges if you bring more than one little bag or sports equipment.

Sometimes Swiss offers cheap flights to Geneva or Zurich from the US. But you might already have checked out. Have you tried KLM? I once got a very cheap flight to Amsterdam..

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Originally Posted by shermine View Post

If you bring your own skis or have lots of luggage read the small print. Some of the cheap airlines in Europe ask for additional charges if you bring more than one little bag or sports equipment.

Sometimes Swiss offers cheap flights to Geneva or Zurich from the US. But you might already have checked out. Have you tried KLM? I once got a very cheap flight to Amsterdam..



Good point about the budget airlines, though some of the main carriers are getting to be the same.

 

Check the fine print on baggage fees.

post #7 of 8

$650 a pop is pretty reasonable right now, from what I could tell.  I priced out all sorts of stuff trying to go BOS->GVA and back, and I think we ended up around that price.

 

Other things to check:

 

1) Prices out of NYC.  Also, you can get a lot more direct flights out of New York than Boston, which might be worth a price premium if it shaves several hours off the trip.

 

2) Flying into a 'nearby' city and taking a train.  Note that 'nearby' cities may be in another country!  Some airlines also have programs where they'll handle the baggage all the way to your final destination via the train, so you don't have to deal with baggage claim when you land.

post #8 of 8

I'm bound for Munich in February for a week in Kitzbuhel and a week in Cortina, the best I have seen out of Orlando is $711 on Delta, or I can trade 75k miles/AMEX points (each) for the flights. It's not that bad but I feel your pain in having to buy 4 tickets. I have had some success in calling up American Express in the past and having them do the booking, they often get unpublished rates and sometimes an option of the free companion ticket!

 

I have flown on EasyJet and some of the other "discount" airlines in Europe, while they can be convenient if you're solo with a carry on, I can't imagine doing it with skis and a family, you're better off jumping on a train or even renting a car, if you decide to fly into another city.

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