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    Airfares to Europe in July-August / Online search vs Travel Agent (not Expedia/Travelocity etc. but an actual agent)

    You will probably all laugh at me for this, but today I unsubscribed from every last website that checks airfares. If the price goes down, I honestly don't want to know! I'm almost all set with travel insurance now as well. I found the Squaremouth website easy to use and the agent was...
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    Airfares to Europe in July-August / Online search vs Travel Agent (not Expedia/Travelocity etc. but an actual agent)

    Hi there jsn55, I discovered another nice thing about Aer Lingus. They only allow you to put first and last names when you book the ticket. There is simply no box for a middle name or initial. After booking, I called to be sure, since passports always have the complete middle name, but...
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    Airfares to Europe in July-August / Online search vs Travel Agent (not Expedia/Travelocity etc. but an actual agent)

    Many thanks to all! I'm so grateful for all of your comments and help. I just purchased my tickets, and the winner is...... Aer Lingus $4660 for the 4 tickets. Not trivial for us, but less than the other airlines and less than the travel agents were quoting. I bought them online at the...
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    Airfares to Europe in July-August / Online search vs Travel Agent (not Expedia/Travelocity etc. but an actual agent)

    Hi Neil, I've already called InsureMyTrip and am working with an agent. John Baker, thanks for the reminder about overnights in Canada. Anyway I've decided that since no matter how I route it, the fares are not much different from city to city, I prefer to take a simpler routing. GAT...
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    Airfares to Europe in July-August / Online search vs Travel Agent (not Expedia/Travelocity etc. but an actual agent)

    Thanks GAT, that's an interesting idea! I hadn't thought of it. I will have a look at round-trip fares from Montreal. (I did already check from NYC and other airports within striking range but the prices were identical to flying right out of Boston.)
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    Airfares to Europe in July-August / Online search vs Travel Agent (not Expedia/Travelocity etc. but an actual agent)

    Well, thanks to everyone. We are definitely going to make this trip, and it's going to cost a lot in airfares, and so I've made some decisions: 1. I'm not flying into a different city and then taking train or van to Vienna unless it's going to save at least $250-300 per ticket. I might...
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    Airfares to Europe in July-August / Online search vs Travel Agent (not Expedia/Travelocity etc. but an actual agent)

    That's interesting. I don't consider myself a "senior" but I do have the AARP card. Is there some special way to access the senior fares? On the airline sites, it just has categories for adults and children.
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    Airfares to Europe in July-August / Online search vs Travel Agent (not Expedia/Travelocity etc. but an actual agent)

    Hello Just a Guy, thanks for checking. Unfortunately I need to return around 10 days earlier than the 27th and so I'm in the thick of the high season prices. I can't find anything near $864 on Aer Lingus with an earlier return date, but I'll keep checking. By the way, 2 of the travelers are...
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    Airfares to Europe in July-August / Online search vs Travel Agent (not Expedia/Travelocity etc. but an actual agent)

    Thanks so much to all of you! I really appreciate the time and all of these thoughtful responses and interesting ideas. Neil, thanks for clarifying your message and also how things work. I can see how you misunderstood me! I haven't used a travel agent in ages, so I appreciate the...
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    Airfares to Europe in July-August / Online search vs Travel Agent (not Expedia/Travelocity etc. but an actual agent)

    Hello again Weihlac, I just went back to the United site to use the "all search options" again that you had suggested. The prices are $1681 and up, which is higher than average, and which makes me wonder if there is perhaps a surcharge for booking other airlines besides United on the United...
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    Airfares to Europe in July-August / Online search vs Travel Agent (not Expedia/Travelocity etc. but an actual agent)

    Thanks to all for replying. AMA, to the flight to Budapest I would need to add 4 train fares (round-trip) plus transport to and from the stations each way with luggage. I will do the math, but I do not believe it will end up being cheaper than flying into Vienna directly. Weihlac, I have...
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    Airfares to Europe in July-August / Online search vs Travel Agent (not Expedia/Travelocity etc. but an actual agent)

    Hello, This is my first time posting, and I decided not to post in the Travel Agencies section because the only sub-threads are for the online variety, which I will not use. (Additionally I have not seen that Expedia and CheapOAir and the like have better prices for my route.) I have traveled...