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Anyone knows a good website providing low price flights?

  1. Dec 20, 2008 #1

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    Hi,
    I'm currently in Argentina and want to travel to Paris. I'd tend to think that because of the economic crisis we are facing nowadays and petroleum low prices, flights would be much less expensive than they used to be.
    But surprisingly I've searched on several websites and the cheapest flight I could find is about 1400 euros. When I came here I paid 1200 euros and it was in 2006.
    If anybody knows a good website providing cheap flights, please let me know. Thank you.
     
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  3. Dec 20, 2008 #2
    priceline.com
     
  4. Dec 20, 2008 #3
    However:

    perhaps http://www.bestfares.com/
     
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  5. Dec 20, 2008 #4
    Actually you would be surprised. Many times websites like orbitz, priceline, expedia, etc. are NOT cheaper than if you go directly to the airline websites. All those websites have to make their money somehow, and they make their money by tacking on a little bit more cost to the price of a ticket.

    Travel agents are able to book flights and hotels at significantly lower prices than many websites.
     
  6. Dec 20, 2008 #5

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    Thanks for all the advices.
    Too bad for priceline.com. bestfares.com gives me prices a bit under 1400 euros.
    Ok, next Monday I'll ask in agencies. For now I'll continue my research on the Internet, specially in airline websites as suggested gravenewworld.
     
  7. Dec 20, 2008 #6
    when are you trying to leave?
     
  8. Dec 20, 2008 #7

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    Around the 4th of January. (I don't have any problem if it's a bit later).
    Thinking of coming back around the 4th of February.
     
  9. Dec 20, 2008 #8
    No wonder it is so expensive. If you are flying because of a non emergency reason, you need to book your flights at least 3 months in advance. I always book mine 6 to 10 months in advance.

    If you are flying because of a family emergency, I believe airlines will work with you on flights and prices (bereavement fares). You need to call them up.
     
  10. Dec 20, 2008 #9

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    I'm afraid not. Airlines have cut capacity in response, rather than to let prices fall.

    Also, there are windows at which prices rise: 3 months has been mentioned, but 3 weeks and 1 week are also typical windows. Your departure date is less than 3 weeks away, so it's pushing you into a higher fare basis.

    My advice is to look at flying into any European hub and the to take the train or a LCC like EasyJet to Paris. One of the European hubs is bound to be cheapest, and odds are it's not Paris. I'd also look at odd routings - it may be cheaper to fly via South Africa or Canada.
     
  11. Dec 20, 2008 #10

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    Yes I know I should have bought my trip long ago. The problem was that I was uncertain on how would go my final exams. It's not a family emergency but almost : I live here since July of 2006 and never came back to see my mother and sister. I've another final exam coming up in late February. So right now I've a about 2 months of real vacations. The perfect moment to visit my family. If you have the patience to explain what you said in simpler words I'd be glad.







    That's sad for me. But I guess otherwise all the companies would be in bankrupt.

    I don't understand well what you're saying. Do you mean that making a stopover Canada or South Africa can be cheapest? If yes then I could check it out. My father lives in Canada, maybe I could see him a few hours. I guess I'm dreaming a bit here. :smile:
     
  12. Dec 20, 2008 #11

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    Right. I'm suggesting that EZE-IAD-CDG (for example) may be cheaper than something more direct like EZE-FRA-CDG.
     
  13. Dec 20, 2008 #12

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    Ok I understand.
    Well the prices I get by searching on the Internet are for stopover flights. There's generally a stopover in Rome or Madrid.
     
  14. Dec 20, 2008 #13

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    Yes - there isn't much demand for Argentina - Europe.
    Generally you do better on a route where there is a lot of traffic ( NewYork->London)
    or where there are cultural reasons that a flag carrier might be flying a subsidised route, eg. Air France to French colonies .
    Generaly London/Amsterdam are the cheapest places in Europe to fly to, unfortunately there aren't many places in S America with enough traffic to make the route cheap.
    The cheapest way might be to Mexico, then the US, then Londn/Amsterdam, there are a lot of cheap winter flights Mexico->US/Canada and US/Canada->London is popular and so cheap.

    Is there a branch of STA ( the student travel company) near you? They are very good at finding cheap routes if you are flexible.
     
  15. Dec 21, 2008 #14

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    I'm afraid I think there isn't.
    I've found a price under 1300 euros with a stopover in Madrid (about 10 hours). I'll probably take it if I don't find anything better in airlines companies in my city next Monday.
    I'll be posting here for anything new. Thank you all.
    EDIT: I just found prices under 1100 euros on bravofly.fr.
     
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  16. Dec 21, 2008 #15

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    A combination works well. Searching every airline is pretty time consuming. Using websites like orbitz, priceline, etc finds a low fair. Purchasing a ticket for that flight directly from the airline gets you an even slightly cheaper fare.

    Purchasing directly from the airline also has some minor advantages in the event the flight is cancelled or you have to change your reservations.
     
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