Post # 1
Anyone else so annoyed by the price of international travel the past few years? In 2007 I flew from Columbus, Ohio to London, than out of Barcelona back to Columbus. Total cost = $535 (that included taxes and fees!). Oh 2007 how I miss thee…
So bf and I have been kicking around the idea of getting married in Greece (maybe santorini or one of the other islands). It is looking like that will be WAY to expensive due to the price of plane fare. Even so, we will probably want to try to honeymoon there. It looks to me like the absolute cheapest way to get to Greece is to fly into athens, and that is $1400/person. To actually fly to one of the isands is $2500/person. Then I thought maybe fly into the cheapest EU point, and do a train or domestic flight, but even flying into London (which is the cheapest of the cities I tried) it is $850 round trip.
Does anyone know of a city in western europe that is cheaper to fly into? Or any tips for getting to greece? The idea of spending $3000 just to GET to our honeymoon is just ridiculous to me.
Post # 3
Well you could fly to London on a major airline for pretty cheap and then take one of those cheapo carriers to Athens.
Post # 4
That is what I was thinking, but like I said, even London is $850 for a round trip ticket and that seems really high to me.
Post # 5
Damn! When are you tryna go? If it is the summer, I think thats what you are looking at.
Post # 6
I was looking for May 2010.
Post # 8
it all depends on the timing – if you want to buy tickets now – they’re going to be expensive. For some reason, the last weekend in March is always super cheap (and those fares will start up in January/February). We went to Rome (and got engaged) from Chicago – air and hotel for less than $1000 for four days.
A few other things you might try – fly out from another major city – Chicago, NYC, etc. Since they have more routes, they’ll be cheaper.
EasyJet in Europe has super cheap flights as well.
Kayak is your friend: http://www.kayak.com/buzz This will give you the cheapest flights throughout europe searched within the last 48 hours.
Post # 9
Have you priced out Paris? Sometimes Paris is cheaper to fly into than London. Also, you might want to look at buying your international and domestic flights separately. I have seen some amazing deals on direct flights between JFK and Charles de Gaulle, but you’d have to get to NYC first.
Oh, you could also try flying into Dublin. My sister lives in Spain, and she flies into/out of Dublin quite a bit. I would say, though, that $850/person isn’t too bad. We flew out of San Fransisco to London (direct flight) for our honeymoon this May, and I think we paid $800 per person.