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10 minutes ago, marymcpherson said:

When do you usually book your transatlantic flights for Europe cruises? Are there any advantages to waiting a bit? (obviously theres risk). What's the average price from the East Coast that people have paid?

This was discussed a while ago, here's the thread.  @tiny260 had some really good info starting on pg2 of the thread.

https://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/boards/index.php?/topic/4750-next-level-traveling/&page=2

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21 minutes ago, Sabrinaklai said:

This was discussed a while ago, here's the thread.  @tiny260 had some really good info starting on pg2 of the thread.

https://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/boards/index.php?/topic/4750-next-level-traveling/&page=2

@Sabrinaklai Thank you for that!! I definitely checked that out, but there was really only the one post talking about flights to Europe, and unfortunately doesn't really apply to me since I'm already inside that booking window (we're looking at a cruise this summer). I guess what i was looking for was feedback from other people about what they paid and when, since i'm not sure if flight prices right now are on the low end/average/above average etc. so any insight anyone has would be wonderful! 

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2 minutes ago, marymcpherson said:

@Sabrinaklai Thank you for that!! I definitely checked that out, but there was really only the one post talking about flights to Europe, and unfortunately doesn't really apply to me since I'm already inside that booking window (we're looking at a cruise this summer). I guess what i was looking for was feedback from other people about what they paid and when, since i'm not sure if flight prices right now are on the low end/average/above average etc. so any insight anyone has would be wonderful! 

Sorry that didn't help.  I have zero insight on flights to Europe since the last time I went was 2005!  But there are many knowledgeable people here so I'm sure someone knows 🙂

By the way, welcome to the message boards!

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I only travel to Europe every few years  -  the last time was 2 and a half years ago. I paid somewhere in the realm of $600 (NYC to London Virgin Atlantic), I don't remember exact amount. We booked our tour first then watched hotels 6 months out and bought tickets about 3-4 months out. I do this for every trip - I look up initially and monitor until it seems it's good and then I buy. I seem to have a three month threshold - anything more than that makes me anxious but some on this site have had more luck. I'm a crappy gambler.

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@Sabrinaklai no worries!! thank you anyways :) In any case it gave me insight into another way to watch flights! 

@ellcee Thanks for that!! That's around where it's sitting now. We'd be flying end of July and returning beginning of August; right now its about $700 CAD for Toronto-Athens and $600 CAD for Barcelona-Toronto, I doubt we'll let it get under 3-4 months before we book! but i will probably book sooner if prices start to rise!

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Don't forget to check ChoiceAir (or whatever it's called these days).  Often the overseas prices are quite good.  I never use them for domestic flights but they often have very competitive pricing for overseas travel (particularly in conjunction with one way flights such as a Transatlantic).

It never hurts to check and there are advantages to using them in conjunction with a cruise.

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Virgin Atlantic website is pretty awesome for looking at prices. You can view 5 weeks on one screen and then page back to see every price for the entire 330 days. I have found that some of the best prices where within the first month of the flight becoming available (330 days). I saw one premium economy flight drop from $1,200 to $890.  You have to check the website 2-3 times a day.  I tried all those monitoring websites but they never picked up those quick price drops that were done and over in less than a day.

Some of VA best prices appear to come in 3 month windows.. ie, they were having a sale in Dec for Jan to Mar flights.  However, since I do a lot of planning for my trips, I can't leave booking that late, but for something like a cruise, you might be ok doing so.

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@toodle68 they dont fly to where we're going :( but thanks for that tip!! i'll keep it in mind for future!! 

 

I don't really have any idea on what a "good" price is. I think right now they're pretty good prices.. Toronto-Athens and Barcelona-Toronto for $438 USD ($570CAD) each way. Will probably end up booking them sooner rather than later so they don't go up... that being said i've got Skyscanner and hopper price drop alerts set so we'll see!

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2 minutes ago, marymcpherson said:

that being said i've got Skyscanner and hopper price drop alerts set so we'll see!

Using these services is your best bet, I did read an article lately about a new airline that is supposed to be reasonably priced "Norwegian Air" just not really sure where they fly to and from.

I think $438 sounds reasonable.

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5 hours ago, marymcpherson said:

When do you usually book your transatlantic flights for Europe cruises? Are there any advantages to waiting a bit? (obviously theres risk). What's the average price from the East Coast that people have paid?

I am very intrigued by the budget airlines such as Norwgian, WOW, etc...the no frills economy fares are ridiculously low...some in the $179 one way to Gatwick...about $250 one way to Barcelona. I signed up for regular flight updates from Norwegian, for example and signed up for their loyalty program, and I get daily emails that make me want to book some thing now. You have to travel on days they offer like Sundays or Thursdays for the low fares, but I don't see that as too big of a deal. They fly out of Boston, JFK, Orlando, Ft Lauderdale among others. Before I started seeing these fares, I would have put a $900 RT fare under the bargain category. No more these days.

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I start watching 12 months in advance.  When I see it go on sale then I grab it.  We try to fly business so I grab the first sale that comes along.  I booked last August for our trip this coming May and am very happy I did because business class is sold out.  We got our flights for about $2700/person from DFW nonstop to Amsterdam and the premium economy was about 1600/person with economy at about 1300/person at that time.

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Have done RCI Air2Sea several times. It is the reason we are able to do the transatlantic sailings.

A couple months ago, New Orleans to London.....$313 PP

                                       Venice to NO......$500 PP

                                        Barcelona to NO......$340 PP

                                       New Orleans to Amsterdam.....$340 PP

One exception was a flight on Iceland Air that was about $300PP Boston to Copenhagen, just had to get a cheap SW flight to Boston.

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17 minutes ago, marymcpherson said:

@melski94 @L454S i checked out Air2Sea and im not sure if its because we're coming from Toronto or what, but its actually about $400 USD more per person than what i've been able to find elsewhere!

Wow that is a huge difference!  According to the website and fine print is is good for US and Canada residents...with a lowest price guarantee or 110% difference credited back. Too bad they are off by so much!

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@marymcpherson...have you considered flying out of Buffalo?  I find flying out of Canada to anywhere (even within Canada) is ridiculous.  I know that @Gears has had some good experiences flying out of there.  And my sister, who use to live in the GTA, flew out of there on occasion when travelling to Europe.

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I agree with @Sabrinaklai that extra drive (when I lived in Hamilton actually was around the same if the border was clear) was well worth the savings. The cheapest I ever found out of Toronto was Westjet everything else was so high. I would recommend buffalo or if closer to London check Detroit as well. Also wow flies pretty cheap from Toronto (been checking to visit family before Europe trip)

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1 minute ago, marymcpherson said:

@Sabrinaklai Definitely considered it, we've done it before since we're on the west side of the GTA. Again, not sure if it's because we're only a few months away from when im looking but its about $300-400CAD more to fly out of buffalo and we lose the luxury of a direct flight!

😕bummer...

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