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Old 08-14-2017, 09:23 AM
 
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I have done it but instead recommend looking for one of the more moderate carriers when on sale. We flew delta to Brussels for <400 last year and booked flights to Paris for <500 about a month ago.
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Old 08-14-2017, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Silver Spring, MD
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I have done it but instead recommend looking for one of the more moderate carriers when on sale. We flew delta to Brussels for <400 last year and booked flights to Paris for <500 about a month ago.
It doesn't even have to be a mid price carrier. Right now Emirates is offering flights from Newark to Athens (if you buy two or more tickets) for under $400 a person. They often offer JFK to Milan for similar rates.
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Old 08-21-2017, 10:16 AM
 
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It doesn't even have to be a mid price carrier. Right now Emirates is offering flights from Newark to Athens (if you buy two or more tickets) for under $400 a person. They often offer JFK to Milan for similar rates.
They're running JFK to Milan right now. Going to talk to the wife and see if she wants to head out there in May. Don't think it'd be warm enough for the Amalfi Coast, at least for swimming.
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Old 08-24-2017, 04:24 PM
 
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There are many bargain flights out there and great for individuals/ family on a budget. However when you factor in the cramped seating (just be sure you want to endure this for 7-10 hours) , all the additional charges, well, a bargain might not be a bargain.
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Old 08-24-2017, 08:11 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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My daughter flew Norwegian from LAX to LHR for about $300-$400, one way. No check in ahead, but the flight was fine.
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Old 08-24-2017, 11:57 PM
 
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My daughter and I flew from Orlando to London Gatwick on Norwegian a few months ago. Yes, the advertised price is very low.

However, the low-cost air fare did not include an assigned seat, a credit card surcharge, food, checked luggage, and probably other fees that I'm forgetting.

We upgraded our tickets to include assigned seats (no upgrade in class of service), meals, and one checked bag each. That brought the price up considerably.
Well said. Don't think you are getting a bargain until you have figured all of the charges and their con games. If one is used to the full service carriers as I am, getting hit with a charge for a seat and another charge for luggage is an insult. About seven years ago I made a reservation online to fly from Kiev to Oslo on Wizz Air. It was my first trip on a discount airline and I marveled at how I was able to fly almost completely across Europe for just a few dollars. At the gate they weighed my luggage and hit me with about a $400 extra charge for one overweight checked suitcase, payable in cash only in their currency only. After I got rid of their currency because I was leaving the country. This was the same size and weight suitcase I had flown across the Atlantic with many times and on many flights in Europe and I was never charged extra.

I just read where EasyJet stranded some British travelers in the south of France. As for Ryanair, I can't begin to tell you how many horror stories I have heard about. If you are going discount, let the buyer beware.
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Old 08-24-2017, 11:59 PM
 
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Actually I don't think Wow is too good to be true. I have flown them to Amsterdam and Reykjavik and both experiences we good. I think they are fine when traveling from the east coast since the flight from Baltimore to Iceland is about 6 hours. The plane was comfortable, with the only downside being that there isn't any in-flight entertainment or wifi. Your biggest potential expenses with Wow are bag fees and food on board and both can avoided with some planning. If you are flying from the west coast, I agree that they may not be as attractive since you are looking at 9 hours to just get to Iceland.

I do welcome the presence of low cost carriers because it makes international travel more affordable and I think it will start to change the way we think about going to some international destinations. When I went to Iceland, I left on a Thursday night and returned on Sunday evening and the ticket was under $300 which was cheaper than a weekend getaway to the west coast but roughly the same amount of travel time. Add another day or two and you can venture further into mainland Europe. It encourages people to look at Europe as more than an once in a lifetime destination that needs 2 to 3 weeks of time to "make it worth it" I hope that as these carriers become more popular it would start to encourage more airlines to provide service to these destinations at a discounted price.
Just out of curiosity, how can bag fees be avoided? The only way I can think of is if I join a nudist camp for the time I am across the pond.
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Old 08-25-2017, 08:14 AM
 
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Just out of curiosity, how can bag fees be avoided? The only way I can think of is if I join a nudist camp for the time I am across the pond.
Whenever I travel I never bring luggage. Only because once on a flight on my return home to NYC from Minneapolis, my checked bags never arrived at the baggage claim.

I got my checked bags back one week later with a bunch of items stolen out of the bag and the lock cut off of it. They paid me for my missing items (Delta airline).

Whenever I travel for vacation now, I'm always someplace warm so I just buy a bunch of inexpensive shorts and tank tops once I arrive. Other than that, it's either a carry-on or nothing.
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Old 08-25-2017, 08:19 AM
 
Location: Orlando
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Just out of curiosity, how can bag fees be avoided? The only way I can think of is if I join a nudist camp for the time I am across the pond.
You go carry-on only, and you take very little. You plan to do a lot of sink laundry.
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Old 08-25-2017, 08:54 AM
 
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The cheapest WOW fares don't allow for carryon, only a "personal item".

I suppose one could land then buy a few outfits from someplace like Zara or H&M and still look presentable on a trip for less than the baggage fee.
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