the Discount Airline Fares!
A Step-by-Step Primer
There are a number of
ways to find the lowest discount airline to Greece(or another part
of Europe)that connects with your low(hopefully)fare from the US.
I'll go over a couple of ways, but the are endless ways to do this
so you may want to use your own creative methods developed from
It's possible to find
low fares to points of Europe and it's possible to find low fares
on discount airlines from points of Europe to Greece. The hard part
is getting the two to connect so you can fly cheaply in and out
of the same European city. Once you have to get to another city
to catch a flight you end up having to spend more money, more time
and facing the possibility of a lot more headaches. Sure $200 savings
may look good, but when you have to get to the other location you
could end up saving only $50-100 or less and spending a lot of time
1- European Discount Airlines
I would do a search for
"Discount European Airlines" or Google(bottom of page)
or visit the AGreatFare.com
discount European Airline page. Choose an airline and select the
departure city as "Athens" or whichever city you want
to fly to. I used EasyJet and once I selected Athens, it should
be that it flew to London, Berlin, Milan and Paris from Athens.
Since it flies to those cities, it stands to reason that it must
fly from those cities TO Athens.
Next select one of those
cities as your departure city, select Athens as your destination
city, put in a date and click. You'll come up with the fares. In
the case of EasyJet, I found fares for 21.99 euro plus tax per person.
That's a great fare! But it won't help me if it's expensive to get
to that city, so I have to find a low fare to Milan. Once you find
a low fare you'll see that it becomes much easier and efficient
to search because you know what you're looking for- in this case
flights from Raleigh-Durham to Milan. Trying to find a cheap fare
to anywhere in Europe can be a bit tricking and time consuming.
Once you find a flight
that works, then book both(you may want to open two windows at the
same time) and then close the deal on each(or call a toll-free number
and book one while you book the other online). This will hopefully
ensure that you are able to book both flights and don't get stuck
with one ticket because there was a technical or other glitch that
prevented you from purchasing both.
# 2 - Discount US flights
If you start this way,
it's pretty much the same as method #1 except you're looking for
the transatlantic flights first. I have a search engine below that
you can start the search with. Put in your departure airport, the
destination airport and the sample dates and see what comes up.
If nothing good comes up, you can try playing with the dates or
the destination cities until you find a reasonable fare. With my
EasyJet tickets, I actually found the USAir flights to Milan first
and then found the EasyJet flights for about 33 euro including tax.
I had originally found
low fares to Venice, but when I tried Milan, the fare dropped about
$700 for 3 tickets. Once I had those flights, I knew that I had
to find a low fare to Greece from Milan or someplace else in Italy
if I could get there inexpensively enough(I wanted to spend some
time in Italy so I had options of other airports to depart from,
but Milan was still the least expensive and most direct flight from
Italy to Greece.
I think that's about
it! It's worked for me so there's no reason that it shouldn't work
for you with a little(or maybe a lot of) hunting.
There are a few things
to keep in mind....
1. Sometimes open jaw
flights(in my case Raleigh Durham to Milan and then Athens to Raleigh-Durham)
are a less expensive way to get to Greece. Athens airport is a very
expensive airport to fly in and out of so if you only fly in or
out of it(but not both), there can be considerable savings.
2. Make sure that all
your flights connect with plenty of time between flights. A missed
flight on combined tickets has the potential of being a disaster!
spending some time in that country you arrive in. The extra savings
will most likely be devoured by the stay, but you'll end up with
an extra holiday destination for what could be about the same as
only going to Greece.
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