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#2- Get to a major Airport in a Major US City
If you've done any searching,
you've probably come to the realization that the best fares seem
to be from the larger cities. In fact, the fares seem to be the
best from NY, Washington and Boston. That is due to a number of
reasons- they are the closest cities in the US to Europe(less fuel
to get there), most airlines fly there(more competition to get your
business) and more flights with the same airlines(lots of people
leave from these cities).
You're probably lamenting
the fact that you live in a quiet, relatively safe and unpolluted
little town and have to pay exhorbitant prices to escape it. Well,
that's the price of living in our paradise(I'm in the same boat
in Carrboro, NC!). Of course some of you are in relatively large
towns in the midwest, and even small cites(Minneapolis, Salt Lake
City and Seattle are a couple of examples)and still have the airline
There are ways to get
lower fares...so it's not hopeless, but it may take some time and
searching. The first step is to search all the ads you can find(a
good place to start is on the right column of my pages) to get an
idea of the lowest fare on a single ticket. That will give you a
starting point and then you can compare the cost, the time and the
risks and decide if saving the money you will is worth it.
Once you have an idea
of the cost from your closest airport to Athens you should run a
search from the closest major airport and then run other searches
from other major airports(especially the east coast), to find the
best fares. Remember to make notes of where you found the fare,
the dates and the cost- you'll be surprised how bad your memory
can be after you've searched for a few(or a lot) and then you have
to recall which flight was from where with what airline on what
date and from which web site....
You now have an idea
of how much it is to fly out of your closest airport and to a few
of the major airports. Now you need to connect the dot(s) and get
to that airport as inexpensively(and conveniently as you can).
If you have Frequent
Flyer miles to burn then that will most likely be the best way.
See how many miles it will cost to get to the major city nearest
you and to the city with the least expensive flights to Europe.
If you're willing to part with the number of miles that it will
cost you to get there...then you're set..
- If you use one set of tickets to get from your airport the
city with the lowest fares and another ticket to get to Greece
you will not be "protected" if you miss a flight becuase
another airline is late.(If you are protected, the airline will
get you to your final destination since they were responsible
for your being late to your flight). This could cost you a lot
as you may have to buy a new ticket and even put yourself up
in a hotel if no flights are available!
-To minimize the risk, make sure there si PLENTY of time between
flights with different tickets(I would be very hesitant to have
anything less than 5+ hours)
-If you choose this route, I would seriously consider Travel
Insurance. to minimize your risk.
If you don't have FF
miles, then I would check the cost of taking a bus, train, your
own car(and paying for parking or leaving it at a friend's or relative's
place) or paying for flights.
Once you've done the
research and figured out how much it will cost for each of the different
options, you will be able to compare them and make your decision.
My experience has been
that unless there is a SUPER sale to Europe, the amount of money
you save trying to piece together an itinerary will be minimal and
there could be an added amount of inconvenience.
But on the other hand,
with a little searching you may find a combination of flights that
could save you a couple of hundred dollars...or more.
posted a link to the Google Search Engine on the bottom of the
page for you to continue your search with!
Good Luck...and let me
know if I can help you with anything.....