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your best flight deal?

as the eternal question tends to be 'is this a good price for a flight', i thought i'd pose this question for people to reference: what was your best flight deal? obviously, cost includes many factors, so include the following: To/From, Time of Year, How far in advance you booked. I've only purchased one flight so far, so here's my info: Price: $714 To/From: JFK-London Gatwick
Time of Year: July 2010 Time in Advance: 3.5 months

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Being fortunate enough to take advantage of Ryanair's special offers, I have had some amazing deals. London Luton - Faro £19.98 return Nottingham East Midlands - Dinard £11.98 return
Nottingham Eat Midlands - Dublin £1.98 return And the best...... Nottingham East Midlands - Belfast 2p return. Following all of Ryanair's terms and conditions, these were the TOTAL cost of the flight, including all taxes and charges.

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I'm not sure what purpose this serves, since so many factors are involved (not even accounting for inflation, introductory deals, time of year) but..... Not counting Ryanair or EasyJet flights, my best deals have been: Aer Lingus roundtrip Chicago to Dublin $99 each way February 2004 Virgin Atlantic roundtrip Chicago to London $177 each way May 2009

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My best deal is for a flight I'm taking in two weeks to Istanbul. Continental Airlines Newark to Munich, Lufthansa to IST. All for $500 including taxes/fees. Booked it first week of Jan. It is off-season, but on the other hand Turkey is a long way from NYC, so I'm a happy camper!

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My best flight was $497 tax included. From Seattle to London in October 2009. I purchased 10 month in advance.

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$383.59 for Chicago to London on Air India, March, 2002.

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I play this silly game. $175 -- Indianapolis to London and back in 72 PS -- It was our first trip to Europe. Decided to go on Monday, got our passports on Thursday, and left Saturday evening.

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frank...i think i've finally figured out how to get a good fare. all i need is a time machine! ha! thanks for the laugh!!!

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Ok. Sept. 2009 NJ to Munich R/T non-stop for $462.00 Incl. taxes. Bought in late June 2009.

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Aer Lingus - JFK to Rome. September 2011 - $638.00 round trip.

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Tracy
Everyone in the US wants a non-stop round-trip to/from London/Paris/Rome/Frankfurt/etc.including my wife and mefor $500. Unless you are on the internet at the precise second that a super-deal is available, this is highly unlikely to occur. I've been checking posted fares on the internet for about 2 weeks now, and the best I've been able to find are 1-stop flights from Boston to London/Paris/etc. (with a possible layover in Reykjavik) for around $600, but this is for travel in April or May, not June, July or August. It's a bit easier to find flights in the $800 range for 1-stop from Chicago/Boston/Washington DC/NYC. On the sites I've checked, non-stop round-trip flights are going to start at around $1,000 (maybe a little less if you're lucky)/ With rumored higher energy prices in the future, I'd be amazed if prices come down from where they are now. If you find a round-trip fare from the east cost to just about any major city in Europe for under $600, send me a secret message, so you, I and my wife can snatch up the bargain.

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jon... i absolutely will do that (secret message you, that is), though i'm not holding my breath! i'd be happy with 'under $800'. and we're looking at iceland air as well (and checking every single day!) i just thought i'd start this thread for all of the people who post the 'is this a good price' question. i know i've posted such a question, and have since raised the number that i consider 'good' significantly!

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thanks michael! i think that's actually more what i was going for, anyway. great link!

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How's about Tulsa to London Heathrow round trip for $147? Here's how-- get an American Airlines credit card and put EVERY expense on it. Home and auto insurance, taxes, remodeling expense -- find a contractor that takes credit cards, groceries, clothes, eating out--everything. But pay it off every month. In 12-18 months you will have enough frequent flier miles to do it. It now takes 30K each way, off peak, used to be 20 or 25K. No matter. Get on track and stay with it. There are promotions for double miles and 20% extra miles all the time. Even if you fall a little short, buy the needed miles and go for it!!
Pack light with only a carryon bag and you are likely to get quicker, more plush flights if you get to the airports like Dallas really early and ask to get on earlier flights to LHR. Works every time!! Saving that kind of money lets us take in high tea at the Ritz.

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Round trip Portland Oregon-Dublin(open jaw)Shannon-Portland: $755 round trip March 26-April 10 2011. Booked July 31, 2010. Have heard of better, but think that is about as good as you could do for that time frame from the West Coast. Have received 3 PDX-Europe flights (nearly free) on our Visa rewards program. We charge a dollar on our Visa CC, get a point. 65,000 points=1 round trip to Europe! We also put most every possible business and personal expense on the card, pay it off in full every month....and rack up the points! Have over 70,000 points towards our 4th trip...all since 1996. In the early years we weren't trying too hard....the 1st 130,000 points kind of snuck up on us for our first trip in 2006. We have accelerated our point gathering since!

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My best flight was $290 RT nonstop from JFK to CDG on Iberia... This was definitely some sort of 'glitch fare' that I totally lucked out on... I will be spending the last week on March in Normandy and I absolutely can't wait. I highly recommend everyone like AirfareWatchdog on Facebook, or follow their tweets... They're really good about posting insane fares right away.

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All trips from Tampa Trip #1: Feb 2005 Spain, R/T $420, Flying into Barcelona & out of Madrid. Bought tickets in December. Trip #2: May 2006 London, $620 R/T. Bought tickets in April for a May trip. Trip #3: Nov 2007 Germany, $400 R/T flying into Berlin & out of Cologne. Bought tickets in August. Trip #4: Nov 2008 Amsterdam-Bruges-Paris, $860. Bought tickets in May. Trip #5: Nov 2009, Viena/Budapest/Prague/Rothenburg, but flew into Munich and out of Frankfurt, $600. Bought tickets in June.
Trip #6: Nov 2010, Italy, $687 flying into Milan and out of Venice. bought tickets in June. I am lucky that I have found that when I buy tickets, I had done the right thing because the ticket prices never went down and only went up. I am one of those that checks daily to see if I did the right thing. I am sure one day I will be disappointed. The most expensive trip was flying into Ams and out of Paris. It was also the year that gas went above $4 a gallon. I am looking to fly into Brussels this year and out of Munich for a 2 week vacation. This trip will include 6 days in Bruges (side trips will occur to London, Ghent, Antwerp) and the remainder in Berlin (2 nights), Rothenburg (2 nights), Munich (2 nights). I have been to all these places before and I felt that I wanted a vacation where I can chill out a little. I am also wanting to visit all the art museums that I missed when in Germany, so 2 nights is fine for what I want to accomplish in the German cities of Berlin and Munich. I have been comparing air fare since January, and I really can't seem to find air fare cheaper than $900-1000. I hope it comes down before June or July, which is when I will purchase my air ticket.

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$402 RT from LAX to Madrid. Bought it 2/15. Leaving 3/2

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Roundtrip Sacramento - Dublin for $427 including all taxes on Continental. Purchased in early 3/09 for a trip the last week of 4/09.

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My husband and I do the same thing as George...put absolutely as much as we can on a card that gives miles. Taxes, groceries, gas, restaurants, etc...AND pay it off each month. As a result, we got 2 RT tickets Tampa/London Heathrow for this summer for a total of $383. Woo hoo!

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$50 Nashville <-> San Diego Summer just after 9/11 on SouthWest. $350 Knoxville <-> Basel/Mulhouse June again just after 9/11

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gil---Good for you!!! Is that one of those amazing Delta fares that showed up for a few hours last Tuesday? I saw Seattle to Madrid RT for $358 (but we already have our tickets so I didn't bite).

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May, 2010 - $402 r/t (total) IAD to Munich.