January 26th, 2007
|04:26 pm - How not to get to Greece|
One of these days, I'll manage it. Hopefully before my time is up.
- Search seven sites for hot airfare deals for three or four weeks.
- Finally find the one you like, that doesn't have you change airports in NYC, that costs significantly less than $1000, that is cheaper than three travel agents could find.
- Go through the entire process of registering on the site, filling in information, and agreeing to terms.
- Accept that there is no cheaper flight to be had at this time.
- Discover that they don't accept your credit card and have to put your ticket purchase on hold again.
Try again tomorrow!
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: amused
Current Music: "Tryin' To Reason With Hurricane Season", -JB
I am sorry that it is being a pain in the ass (and not just because I want you to come). Have you tried looking at flights from other nearby cities? I know Chicago is not terribly close but it is a hub. You can also try combining flights like we do. For instance Aer Lingus has good flights from Chicago to Dublin (638.22 including taxes for leaving the 4th and going back the 14th) and you can see about getting another flight the rest of the way. Plus Aer Lingus lets you see if going in a day earlier/later or leaving a day earlier/later can save you money (in this case leaving on the 15th instead of the 14th would save 30 and leaving the 3rd instead of the 4th saves 29). Flying from NYC to Dublin on the same dates is 516.11 (including taxes). But, yes, this would mean having to go to NYC or Chicago, but it is all just examples of how we do things to get good deals.
Europe has an air pass with legs costing $99 each way: http://www.europebyair.com/efp/index.jsp
We find that we are always seeing what is the cheapest place to get into Europe from our start point and then buying a second ticket for the leg to get us where we actually want to go. In almost every case it ends up being cheaper than buying a ticket that takes us right in (and they never do really, because there is usually a layover).
Something to think about anyway.
Also, if you need a place to chill and can come over to London before going over to Greece you can stay with us. We haven't booked our tickets for the trip yet, but plan to soon. See what a flight costs to Heathrow or Gatwick and if it is cheaper to come here and THEN go to Greece you are welcome to stay for a day or two with us before going to Greece.