oh my, the cost of flights to Sicily in February is high!!! I check basically through kayak.com and then go to the usual sites of Travelocity, priceline, expedia, etc. and also to the airline sites. Any other sites I should be viewing? Thanks in advance, Mary
Try pricing to Rome and then check AirOne (Lufthansa) for a puddle jumper to Palermo, etc.
Mary, I agree with the previous reply. Your best bet is to get prices for trips to Rome, and then use a budget airline for the trip to Sicily. My suggestion would be EasyJet. They offer three flights a day, and current prices for flights in February are €24.49 (plus a few fees of course). You will have to collect your checked luggage when you arrive in Rome, and then re-check with the local airline (be sure to remove the previous luggage bar code tag). You may also have to change Terminals ( EasyJet departs from Terminal 2). Be careful with luggage weights! If your luggage will be over the allowable limit, it's cheaper to pay for that at the time of booking, rather than at the gate. Also, many budget airlines allow only ONE piece of carry-on luggage, of the approved size (that literally means ONE). I travelled that route in September, and it was very "easy". Happy travels!
We've been to Sicily twice. Both times we flew from home to somewhere else in Europe and then on cheapie flights down to Sicily. From where I live, it's usually cheapest to fly to German or Swiss cities, though one time it was Brussels that was cheapest. Very rarely is it Rome. If your only goal is Sicily, you might save some money with this technique.
One more thought: I usually use Skyscanner.com to see which airlines fly to and from the places I want to go in Europe.
That's because the only major airline that can take you from the US to Sicily (via Rome) in one ticket is Alitalia. There are no direct flights to the major European hubs with the major airlines (such as Lufthansa or AirFrance). You might need to switch to a low cost once in Rome, as others suggested. Check the following airlines from Rome, besides Alitalia: Blue Panorama Easy Jet Meridiana Ryanair (from Rome Ciampino-CIA) Your best options are with the above. The airports in Sicily are the following: CTA - Catania PMO - Palermo
TPS - Trapani (Ryanair hub) In addition currently (but only temporarily) the NATO Naval Air Base in Sigonella (airport code NSY) is handling flights from/to Catania since the nearby Catania airport is undergoing major construction.