One of the best advisors for cheap travel to and from - and around
Europe - is Rick Steves.
See "Cheap Flights to Europe - Some Ways to Save Money," by Rick Steves
As Steves mentions, Air Tech is a really good option if you are
flexible. The only problem is that you might get bumped a few times
during the busy summer travel season.
"There?s always stand-by. Travelers flexible enough to fly stand-by
may consider Air-Tech, which offers unsold seats at bargain prices
(e.g., one-way from Los Angeles to Paris for $239, year round).
However, a short list of departures cities in the U.S. and an equally
limited number of European destinations make arranging these flights
tricky. And in the summer prepare to be bumped two or three times.
Q : Who should use Airtech's Space-Available Passes?
A : Flexible people. If you have a business meeting in, say, London on
a certain date at a specific hour and your entire career depends on
that, then please book a confirmed flight
Q : Can I fly to my preferred destination?
A : A lot of passengers do. If it's unavailable, you can either wait
for it or fly to a different city. Remember, as an Airtech passenger,
we get you to a general region: for example, Western Europe, rather
than a specific city in Europe.
Q : Can I leave from my preferred departure city?
A : Sure, as long as it's available at the time you want to fly and is
an Airtech departure city. Otherwise, you can either wait or leave
from another city. The choice is yours.
Q : Can I fly on the date that I choose?
A : Usually, and very probably within your Travel Window. But, again,
we guarantee neither an exact date nor destination.
Eurotrip is anothe good site with some useful information on cheap travel
Eurotrip Cheap flights forum
The main problem I see with buying a ticket now is that you are stuck
with the dates and the airport you choose. If you want to change
tickets, you will pay a price. However, if you can manage to stick to
a location and a timeframe, that is still a good option and provides
you with some certainty.
Rick Steve's Europe
"Rick?s Thrifty Fifty - How to Make Your Dollars and Sense Carry You
Further in Europe." By Rick Steve
It's worth getting this book or checking it out in a library:
"Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door."
I hope these tips help you find a cheap fare. And...have a great time!
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