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Old 02-06-2010, 05:21 AM
 
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No matter what time of year, getting to Europe is always going to be cheaper out of JFK or EWR.
The OP is out west.

But sometimes Dallas and Houston will have good deals on American Airlines.

There are some really nice deals right now on Aer Lingus, but only for August/September.

Edited to add: Aer Lingus has some *dirt cheap* fares for winter/spring Europe travel, too. But that doesn't help the OP.
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Old 02-06-2010, 07:58 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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No matter what time of year, getting to Europe is always going to be cheaper out of JFK or EWR.
The OP is out west.
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Not true. I lived in the NYC area for many years and flew to Europe on a regular basis to see family. Tickets were between $900-$1300, depending on the time we went, EWR being much cheaper than JFK. Never got one under $900 from the NYC area. Two weeks ago, I book a trip out of my home airport in San Diego (a lot more West than TX) and the airfare is just under $800. So the West coast can have better deals, though the flight time is not exactly enjoyable.
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Old 02-06-2010, 09:34 AM
 
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Not true. I lived in the NYC area for many years and flew to Europe on a regular basis to see family.
I have somewhat similar history, grew up on Long Island before moving to Colorado. The costliest fares were before deregulation. (Being a United Airlines brat in those days, I flew nonrev.)
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Tickets were between $900-$1300, depending on the time we went, EWR being much cheaper than JFK. Never got one under $900 from the NYC area
Yikes.
Those were *economy* tickets??? Without exception, living in NYC, you always paid around $900-1300?!
I don't know how or where you were buying such expensive airfare, but every single time I've done any research, the east coast is consistently cheaper.
...departure cities play a role in how much your overall airfare is going to cost. It's typical for fares to Europe to cost less from the East Coast than the West Coast.
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Two weeks ago, I book a trip out of my home airport in San Diego (a lot more West than TX) and the airfare is just under $800. So the West coast can have better deals, though the flight time is not exactly enjoyable.
Absolutely true that there are awesome coast to coast deals, as well as very good fares to Europe from the west coast.
This used to cause me no end of frustration when I lived in Denver, and paid more than someone in LA or SFO.
But to pay upwards of $900 for an economy ticket to go to Europe from the NYC area is, for me, unheard of.
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Old 02-06-2010, 09:48 AM
 
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I guess I should have clarified! When we flew to Paris, we got awesome deals from NYC, usually under $500 round trip. My family is in Poland. We'd normally go during the summer months, and airfare from the NYC area was never under $900 for our timeframe, esp to Krakow. Even now, my mom came with me to Poland 2 weeks ago and her airfare was $800, in the middle of January from JFK! So you can imagine what it costs during a time people actually want to go. We had no choice this time, but we'd never travel there in January normally since the weather is beyond terrible. For some reason, when most people think of Europe they think Paris, Rome, London, etc., completely forgetting Eastern Europe.

San Diego has one of the worst airports in the country. We used to love traveling, but now there are layovers because there are barely any direct flights! Yes, LAX and SFO have probably the best fares to anywhere, and more direct flights than you could possibly need!
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Old 02-06-2010, 10:03 AM
 
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Maybe Krakow will eventually become cheaper? We got a darn good price to Dubrovnik for summer travel, but I know Krakow is further away and considered more "obscure." Would love to go there sometime.

One thing that I myself should clarify: I really should never use the word "consistently" in the same sentence with the word "airfare."

I just do not think there is a discernible pattern anymore!
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Old 02-06-2010, 10:07 AM
 
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Just for kicks, I just priced airfares from NYC area airports to several European destinations for June 11-19th. Here are the cheapest fares.

JFK to London (LHR)-$966 on KLM
JFK to Krakow-$1242 on Lot Airlines, with a layover in Warsaw
JFK to Warsaw-$977 with a layover on FinnAir, or $1208 nonstop.
JFK to Paris-$995 with a layover in Helsinki, using FinnAir or $1418 direct, using AirFrance.
JFK to Rome-$1071 on AerLingus, with a layover in Dublin or $1340 direct, on Alitalia.

Now, LA for the same routes.
LAX to London (LHR)-$1144 on Continental.
LAX to Krakow-$1466, with 2 stops.
LAX to Warsaw-$1419 with one stop.
LAX to Paris-$1349, with 2 stops or $1562, nonstop.
LAX to Rome-$1505, with a layover in London.

So it appears, there are no cheap fares from either LAX or JFK for that time frame, though LAX is not that much more for most routes and they are 5.5 hours from NYC.
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Old 02-06-2010, 10:11 AM
 
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Maybe Krakow will eventually become cheaper? We got a darn good price to Dubrovnik for summer travel, but I know Krakow is further away and considered more "obscure." Would love to go there sometime.

One thing that I myself should clarify: I really should never use the word "consistently" in the same sentence with the word "airfare."

I just do not think there is a discernible pattern anymore!
I wish Krakow would become cheaper! Krakow in general is a huge tourist trap, and so far from their main airport in Warsaw, that you're paying for the convenience. I'd love to go to Dubrovnik! But, after my first trip to Europe from the West coast, I must say I won't be doing that again any time soon! I'm still jet lagged, and it's been a week since I've been home!

On a side note, I found airfare from LAX to Australia for under $800! That's a 14 hr flight. Now if I can only convince the husband to agree to go...
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Old 02-06-2010, 01:36 PM
 
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We are going to lose so many of our American guests if the prices don't at least drop down to the $800 range.
No getting around the fact that June into July is high season.

Kuwait Airways has $820RT after taxes from JFK to London for mid-June travel. It goes up and down, but there are a couple dates in July which are also $820.

On Farecompare, I found consolidator prices as cheap as $707 for June travel to Dublin from the NYC area. These were Cheaptickets and Orbitz.
The airlines are Aer Lingus, United and Delta.

If you could get a cheap flight on Southwest to NYC, maybe it would be workable for some of the guests. But I know that Dallas>NYC>Dublin is quite a lo-o-ong schlep.

Dallas and Houston are between $900-$1200 to London in June/July, and even more ($1155 and more) to Dublin, and still more ($1200) to Shannon.

I don't suppose you can change the wedding date? There are some really good airfares for May on Aer Lingus and other airlines.
But maybe there will be last minute sales after all.
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