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  • Anonymous

    FrequentFlyer2000
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    Hi…

    Is there any recommended website or service for finding optimal route costs (including connections), given the travel endpoints?

    I need to fly to a highly touristic destination this weekend (from LHR to ATH, in particular, but the story is similar for other popular destinations in high-season times) and the prices even for Economy are at least twice as the business class (well above 500 GBP in this case).

    I normally use Skyscanner.com, but all the air ticket sites report the same prices, so .

    So, I was wondering whether there is any simple way to check all possible (and not-so-possible) connection options between two airports, with reasonable limitations (e.g., number of stops, maximum flight duration).

    Or some other trick, maybe?

    In the sites that I use, one needs to know all the combinations and try them manually, which is obviously not very efficient.

    Thanks.


    canucklad
    Participant

    I back track from the destination airport,sometimes you’ll come across an intermediate point you’ve not thought of.
    And if price is a major consideration LHR is not going to do you any favours.

    If flying loco airlines you could try flights via Malta or Bergamo for instance.


    IanFromHKG
    Participant

    I use hipmunk.com to find alternative routings


    canucklad
    Participant

    Sounds daft, but another thing to try is booking a last minute holiday to a resort. Check in to hotel and then head to Athens.
    A quick check leaving this Saturday to Kos from LGW was £202


    LuganoPirate
    Participant

    I use Expertflyer.com. They give seats free for each cabin as well as fares and you can specify Airlines and “via” Airports.


    FrequentFlyer2000
    Participant

    Thanks very much for all the suggestions.

    None seems to work, so I have to accept that there is no alternative to paying over 500 GBP for a trip that usually costs less than half (if not a third) of that price.


    IanFromHKG
    Participant

    Hipmunk.com came up with GBP385 on Swiss via Zurich


    MarcusGB
    Participant

    I would judt use an Airline consolidator search.
    Ebookers.com / expedia.co.uk
    / Travelocity.
    Then taking the best airline fare, check the airline sight direct.
    The other option is to try with a connection via the EU suck as \klm.com Air France, \lh, swiss.
    I suppose some of the charter or tourist airlines can also be searched.
    Some low cost Airlines may have a low price to sell the seats from Airports you may not have thought of..
    I usually book directly with an Airlines these days with FFP’s etc better chances of earning miles or upgrades.
    But i do use the consolidators to compare fares.

    I looked for a friend a good flight down to Australia in only a few weeks yesterday.
    I actually found great fares for £750 with Malaysian and the A380 A333 ex LHR, and in the booking allocated seating. They seemed half full only , so are running at a low capacity after recent events.
    But every Airline came up from £750 to £6,000 via most countries in the world. For Europe, Business class could be offered cheaper than Economy on some routes, if less capacity is taken or an upgrade offered whilst booking for a lot less.

    Unfortunately weekends are always high , friday / sunday, so i often travel sat -Mon, or thurs til Sat, or a longer Thurs to Mon. It saves very much and hotels are half the rate in most places in Europe.

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