Post # 1
The only remaining party of our honeymoon we need to book are flights to venice from the DC area in late September. Anyone have thoughts about when to book tickets. Right now they are all over 1k roundtrip — which seems pretty high for Europe. Would waiting closer to 3/4 months be better?
Thanks for any help!
Post # 3
Honestly, 1K round trip is pretty typical for Western Europe. I think the cheapest I’ve ever seen was $900 maybe $850 – but plus tax is over $1000 pp.
Post # 4
We are also planning our honeymoon in italy. I was told to book sooner than later due to rise in oil prices, airfare is expected to rise. From what I have seen so far Jfk to venice and rome to jfk will run us about $750-$800pp. The price difference may be because we are planning for november, or because we will be leaving from NY. It doesn’t sound too bad
Post # 5
Thanks for the advice. I think it might be slightly higher because we need to fly into Venice but out of Rome. I looked into taking a train back to Venice to just do a roundtrip from there but it seems like a bit of a hassle and wouldn’t save too much money.
Post # 6
Honestly – those prices don’t seem too bad and I think you run a lot more risk of them going higher than the possibility of them really going down much. I’d go ahead and book.
Post # 7
This is so random, but I’ve been told the best day of the week to buy plane tickets is on Tuesday. I’m not saying fly out on Tuesday, I’m saying physically purchase your tickets on a Tuesday. For some reason the rates are lower. I know it’s weird, but I’ve tested it before and it worked.
Try Fly.com, Sidestep.com, and Travelzoo.com for good deals.
Post # 8
That seems average to me. We’re planning on going to Europe for our honeymoon and we’ve put $1500 each into our budget for return flights. You could probably find seat sales, but I usually like to be more organized in advance so this wouldn’t work for us. Good luck hunting for the bargain!
Post # 9
I’m planning on flying into Paris and out of Nice for our honeymoon to France/Italy in July (high season!) from DC. I’m looking at flights around $1200…they’re much cheaper if you fly in like Sept/Oct or April/May…but that doesn’t work for us! So unfortunately we’re stuck flying at the higher price, I haven’t seen it fluctuate any either!
Post # 10
@JrzyGurl:I’ve heard the same thing….late Tuesday through early Wednesday morning (ie 4-5 am)
Post # 11
Follow @airfarewatchdog on Twitter (and visit their blog and sign up for their fare alerts). We are going to Tuscany in late May/early June (from Houston) and the airfare was consistently $900+ until I saw a fare alert on airfarewatchdog and scored roundtrip flights to Florence for $520pp. You still have a lot of time til September, those flights aren’t on sale yet because they’re still a ways away, I would use tools like airfarewatchdog, travelzoo, kayak fare alerts, bing farecast, etc. until you find a good deal.
Post # 12
@JrzyGurl: I have a close friend who works for an airline and she always tells me to buy on Tuesday. Most airlines post their deals Monday night, so they go into effect Tuesday morning through that night. Also, the cheapest day to actually fly is Wednesday, followed by Thursday and Tuesday. Hope this helps some.
Post # 13
I have been researching for a trip to Tuscanny and have flown to europe many times. What the others are saying is true that it is not going to go down far below 1,000 – maybe like 750 would be like an amazing deal.
However, I also did read an article that tracked airline prices to europe for the summer months over the past several years. It said in addition to buying tickets on Tuesdays, buying your tickets closer to June for the summer is your best bet as far as price goes. Also, in the last couple of weeks due to the conflict in the middle east the tickets have gone up drastically. I plan on checking weekly for the next couple months and watching the trend. Kayak.com looks across airlines and you can set up an alert to your email for your flight and it will let you know when it becomes available.
Another option is, if you find Rome is drastically cheaper to flight out of, once you get in-country you can often find a cheap ticket from Venice to Rome on the local carriers. I had planned on taking the train from Madrid to Paris, however, after I got in country I found a travel agent who got me a flight for half the price and about a third of the travel time.
Post # 14
Check kayak, but honestly 1k is pretty normal.
Post # 15
Thanks everyone! I’ve only flown to Europe once and my ticket was under $500 to go to Madrid but that was a couple years ago. I guess those days are over!
Post # 16
Have you done a little backtrack research to see how much airfare typically is for your route during that season?
I bought our mid Septemeber Honeymoon tickets to Dublin at end of May last year. But I had done research for over a year prior and knew roughly how much tickets would be for when we fly. So when they were low I knew they were low and bought them ASAP!