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Inside line on flights from USA to Europe

Camino(s) past & future
CF 2006,08,09,11,12(2),13(2),14,16(2),18(2) Aragones 11,12,VDLP 11,13,Lourdes 12,Malaga 16,Port 06
I thought it might be nice to have a place where people can post information they may find on "inexpensive" airfare from the USA to Europe.

So far, I haven't been able to find a flight I can offord in the Fall.
I expect I'll wait and get a standby flight for very little.

However, I'm surprised with oil dropping off to $30/barrel, the price of flights remain at the $160/barrel prices. I wonder if they'll go down in the Spring?

Anyway.. if you hear of any good deals, post them here! Thanks!
 
Airlines don't start posting "deals" until at least 6 months out. However, even when oil was lower, my flights to Madrid were just under $1000 all in. Unfortunately, those fares are here to stay, I think, so I'm planning on cooking most of my meals instead of dining in restaurants & staying in the municipal & donativo albergues as a way to cut costs.

And thanks to Ivar, I'll be able to save a trip to the post office when I get to Spain by mailing my going home clothes before i leave. :mrgreen:

dg
 

jl

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances('05, '07), Aragonese ('05), del Norte / Primitivo ('09), Via Tolosana (Toulouse '05), Via Podiensis (Le Puy '07), Via Lemovicensis (Troyes '09), VF ('12), Winter Camino ('13/'14) Cammino d'Assisi ('14) Jakobseweg (Leipzig - Paris '15) San Salvador/Norte ('15) Ignaciano ('16) Invierno ('16)
I found that the cost has gone down for us - but it is not the fare itself, rather it is in the aoirport taxes, which for some odd reason is affected by the cost of oil, (and also our dollar). You think your ticket is expensive - It has cost me just over $3,000 (au) - of which there were around 800 - 900 in taxes! A good reason to stay over there for as long as possible - the trouble is only 90 days are allowed!

Cheers, Janet
 

lorax

Member
Camino(s) past & future
I tried in 09, it went horribly. Gonna try again. Aug/Sept this year
I found the cheapest way to get there was through Ireland.... Chicago to Dublin.... 652.00 TOTAL. Then a jump over to Spain around 65. Orbitz.com is the best place to book your tickets because if it gets cheaper after you bought your ticket and before you fly... they will refund the difference.



jl said:
I found that the cost has gone down for us - but it is not the fare itself, rather it is in the aoirport taxes, which for some odd reason is affected by the cost of oil, (and also our dollar). You think your ticket is expensive - It has cost me just over $3,000 (au) - of which there were around 800 - 900 in taxes! A good reason to stay over there for as long as possible - the trouble is only 90 days are allowed!

Cheers, Janet
 

Mike_Vander

New Member
There are some good deals out there if you are willing to put forth the effort to shop around. Several airlines have dropped their pricing for flights originating from the United States during the month of April. I was able to score a flight from Seattle to Paris (United Airlines) for $625.00 (taxes included). How did I get such a price? I asked for it. Good Advice - Always ask what is the lowest price the airline is willing to offer for a flight. You never know what type of deal you can get until you ask.

Mike
 

aikisilvi

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, Camino Portuguese. Future: Via de La Plata 2019.
Mike_Vander said:
There are some good deals out there if you are willing to put forth the effort to shop around. Several airlines have dropped their pricing for flights originating from the United States during the month of April. I was able to score a flight from Seattle to Paris (United Airlines) for $625.00 (taxes included). How did I get such a price? I asked for it. Good Advice - Always ask what is the lowest price the airline is willing to offer for a flight. You never know what type of deal you can get until you ask.

Mike


Hi Mike,

I guess that would be the same with these outrageous credit card interest rates!

Thanks,
Silvi
 

Portia1

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2009, Portuguese 2012
Frances 2016, (Frances 2019)
I've been keeping an eye on airfares and they were fairly steady going up/down $20 here and there over the past two or three months. I had just resolved to go ahead and purchase when I was called away suddenly to deal with a death. When I got back, the fare had jumped $250! I've tried all the cheap airfare travel sites but Iberia's site still gives me the best fare--now almost $1200 (adding in taxes, etc.)! I am telling myself to be patient and to wait. My planned departure is September 1st so there is time however my husband has already obtained his ticket using our frequent flyer miles so I really do need to be on the same returning flight with him! Grrrrrrrrrrrr
 

Rebekah Scott

Camino Busybody
Camino(s) past & future
Many, various, and continuing.
Just found some killer fares on Continental.com, via Kayak.com. Ergo, my mom is coming to visit in May, Pittsburgh to Madrid for $455 round trip, including all the fees!

The key is flexibility. If you´ve just GOTTA be on that same flight that same day, it might really hurt your chances. Mom´s flying midweek coach and she´s not staying longer than three weeks, which is another thing that helps you get the lower price. If you´re staying a month or longer, the price goes up for some reason. :D
 

Portia1

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2009, Portuguese 2012
Frances 2016, (Frances 2019)
The bummer is that I will be gone for six weeks and the timing is not flexible. My husband is flying to Spain to join me in Santiago and then we have 10 days to tour Spain after my Camino. I can't believe it went up that much so fast! Now I'm praying that another sale will come along. The problem is that the flight is pretty full--looks like a tour group came in all at once because seats filled all of a sudden.
 

anthonyjf

Member
Camino(s) past & future
My first Camino was in September/October of 2009.
Hello fellow pilgrims,
I hope this is the correct forum for this. I am leaving for my first camino sometime early September, I don't know yet as to when I will purchase tickets but will be leaving New York for Madrid. After my camino I will spend some time in Galicia looking for a house (I retire in June) now since I don't know my return date, is it possible to purchase one way here (NY) and buy my return ticket there?

Another question: from Madrid is it possible to take another plane to Pamploma or would taking a train there be better? sorry, forgot to check if Pamploma has an airport. Thank you all for any information you can send me.

Tony from NYC
 
Anthony, Pamplona does have an airport, but I think only Iberia flies there. If you get a really low fare, it might be worth flying there as opposed to taking the train. And you can buy a one-way ticket, but it might be more expensive than a round trip. You might want to ask the airlines that.

Kelly
 

Portia1

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2009, Portuguese 2012
Frances 2016, (Frances 2019)
Tony: welcome! This is a good place to ask your questions.

You can buy a one-way ticket. You might pay a premium on that but the best way to know is to do a comparison--check on cost for a two-way and a one way. I think you can even purchase an open ended ticket--where the return is not known but there is often a premium for that. Airline tickets are a strange beasts--sometimes it's cheaper to get the round trip than to buy a one way!

As far as getting to Pamplona--yes. That is exactly what I am doing. Bought my ticket today (I depart on Sept 1st). Flying into Madrid and then connecting to Pamplona. Doing it that way cost me $10 for the Pamplona segment. It was going to be something around $195 to buy that ticket alone. I don't know where you are planning to start, but you can walk out of the Pamplona airport, bear right up to the highway (outer beltway) and then bear left following the highway and then go under the bridge to Cizar Menor! Otherwise you can do a search on how to get from Pamplona to Roncesvalles or SJ...........

Buen Camino!
 

Ona

New Member
I booked a flight via British Air into Paris with a departure from London for $575 and felt that was good. I depart from New York on May 5th and a return on June 29th. I am visiting in France before the pilgrimage and I plan to tour a bit after the Camino -- maybe a trip to Ireland to visit friends. I was nervous about rate changing quickly -- don't let me know that there are lower rates!

Thanks also to all the input on the trains to SJPP.

Peace, Ona
 

Cecilia

New Member
Hi,
I just read an email today from American Airlines about opening a new route with direct flights to Madrid from Dallas Fort Worth. They have an advertized special of: $219/each way (based on rournd trip) if you fly by 5/25. From Miami they list $246/each way. The fares have restrictions, but if you know your dates it is a great price.

Buen Camino,

Cecilia
 

Artemis

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2006, Camino Portuguese 2009
I just found a flight from Charlotte, NC to Zurich for $678 on Hotwire. I tried checking for a train from Zurich to Bayonne but it said it didn't connect. Any suggestions on train info would be helpful.
 

anthonyjf

Member
Camino(s) past & future
My first Camino was in September/October of 2009.
Hi,
I found a travel agency (Save On Travel) and they quoted a round trip New York (Kennedy Airport to Madrid for $600. I will try to connect with a flight to Pamploma and from there take a taxi to SJP. Their number 1800-777-4194, I was told that these are not stand by, but reserved seats. Hope this helps.

To Kelly and Portia 1, as late as this is, I thank you very much for the information you sent me awhile ago.

I hope to be walking through the city gates of SJP on September 10th, hope to meet some of you forum members along the way.

Buen Camino a todos,
Tony from New York
 

Hermanita

Active Member
anthonyjf said:
Hi,
I found a travel agency (Save On Travel) and they quoted a round trip New York (Kennedy Airport to Madrid for $600.

Buen Camino a todos,
Tony from New York

Just got quoted today American Airlines Boston-London- Mardid $525. for September.
Iberia-direct flight $655.

Does anyone know about getting a bus from Madrid to Pamplona??? I know the trip is 5 hours, but I can't seeem to find a bus schedule.
 

anniethenurse

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances.Vasco del Interior.Camino Finisterre& Muxia. Camino Portugues. Ruta del Ebro.
below you have the timetable for today, buses from Madrid to Pamplona. The buses are comfortable. One way 27.20 E, with a return ticket 54,40 E. Tickets still available - not completo.

http://www.alsa.es
annie




Viaje de ida: MADRID - PAMPLONA, 07/06/2009
estación origen estación destino salida llegada precio ida precio Ida y Vuelta oferta
MADR-A.AME PAMPLONA 10:30 15:15 27,20€ 54,40€
MADR-A.AME PAMPLONA 12:00 17:45 27,00€ 54,00€
MADR-A.AME PAMPLONA 15:00 20:00 27,20€ 54,40€
MADR-A.AME PAMPLONA 16:30 21:30 27,20€ 54,40€
MADR-A.AME PAMPLONA 17:30 22:30 35,51€ 70,77€
MADR-A.AME PAMPLONA 19:30 00:15 día siguiente 27,20€ 54,40€
MADR-A.AME PAMPLONA 21:30 01:59 día siguiente 27,20€ 54,40€
 

Hermanita

Active Member
anniethenurse said:
below you have the timetable for today, buses from Madrid to Pamplona. The buses are comfortable. One way 27.20 E, with a return ticket 54,40 E. Tickets still available - not completo.

Thank you for posting this information, it is very helpful.
 

catfishonrye

New Member
Kayak.com is an amazing site because you don't have to search each online ticket depot seperately. About 2 weeks ago I bought a roundtrip ticket from JFK to Madrid for $515, leaving in early July on Air France. Its all luck of the draw. Just keep looking on the same sites day after day and eventually you will hit on a deal.
 

Hermanita

Active Member
My husband just booked today through American Airlines(but flying on Iberia)a direct flight from Boston to Madrid $429. So that price went down significantly since last week when I was quoted $655. direct on the same flight.
 

Hermanita

Active Member
Anniesantiago said:
Wow, Rita Hermanita! That is a VERY good price!
Congratulations!

Yes,that was really a good price. I doubt it will get any lower for a direct flight. The only problem was because I will be staying in Spain for over 30 days(he returns home after 15 days) my ticket would have been $769. Can't figure that out, because we were both quoted $655. last week. So I opted to use my air miles, a hefty 60,000 miles, but I have fllexibility to make changes any time, at no charge, which could come in handy if I am a slow walker or take some time off during/after the Camino.
 

kac26

New Member
I checked out Kayak and found decent deals from Washington, DC to Madrid, but then stumbled across 1800flyeurope.com

On this site I found a r/t flight for $603 with all taxes and fees included. Couldn't pass it up, depart 5 August - return 3 Sept.

Only catch is trips are non-refundable and the change fee is $300 plus differnece in airfare.

Good luck!
Kate
 

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