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International travel question

Broken Bow, Oklahoma
2 posts
International travel question

My girlfriend and I are planning our first trip to Europe next March. While waiting for our passports of course, the prices from DFW to Prague (where we planned to go) went up substantially from $927 to around $1,300. However, by doing the trip seperately (round trip American from DFW to NYC, then round trip Iberian from NYC to Prague) the price drops to around $850 per person. If we leave a few hour window for delays each way, is this a sound option? Or should we take a $750 option to see London and maybe catch a train to see Paris as well? We are in to seeing picturesque sites,history/museums and experiencing new culture. We are not big into the beach type stuff as much. Initially we had planned for Prague and Krakow, mainly for the architecture, Auschwitz and the low prices in that area of Europe. However, we are certainly open to any ideas from the more experienced travelers, as this is our first trip abroad.

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Garden Bay, Canada
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1. Re: International travel question

If tickets are available separately at cheaper rates, first try to use the other airline site to book the entire trip. Splitting the tickets is usually not a good idea and given you are in March you can have early spring or late winter storms. If you do split tickets I usually recommend 6 hours or three alternate methods to get there.

As far as what you do and want to see, we can't help you there. That's entirely up to your priorities.

And there was no need to wait for passports before booking unless for some reason you think you won't be allowed to have a passport.

Edited: 1:45 am, August 08, 2018
Cambridge, United...
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2. Re: International travel question

Buying separate tickets is fine but read the top question about it on the sidebar to understand the risks. And then factor in enough time in case things get delayed, etc.

If you're catching an overnight flight into Europe, consider getting the first flight in the morning to allow 8-10 hours, and so on.

If very cost conscious, a few airlines are now offering trans-Atlantic hand baggage only fares. See if that works for your trip.

Good luck!

Ottawa, Canada
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3. Re: International travel question

There is risk involved. The first airline is responsible to get you to point B but has no responsibility beyond that even if it's the same airline. You will have to retrieve your luggage and go through security again. You need to build that into your plan. Also what if the first flight is late?

There are many posts on this topic.

How risk adverse are you?

Nashville, TN
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4. Re: International travel question

Another option is to check alternate arrival airports in Europe and then take a train from there. Quite a few of the European Airports have main line train stations right at the airport from where you can easily connect to just about anywhere else in Europe.

Illinois
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5. Re: International travel question

But if you're going to fly to somewhere you don't want to be because it's cheaper, you have to consider the cost and time to get to where you do want to be. You usually need to be in your departure city the day before your flight, and connecting to a train has the same risks as connecting between flights on separate tickets. I'd say that most of the time you'd lose 2 days of vacation by flying to the wrong place, and your time is worth something too.

Seattle
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6. Re: International travel question

I agree with #4! It sounds like saving money is a concern- plus you are open to other destinations. Hence your two different airline tickets can be two one- ways, separated by however long you have for travel- and use the train as suggested. As an American with almost never the option here at home, I love using European trains. For example, you can get trains right from Copenhagen's airport onward to Germany and etc. I use Kayak here in the US but only for research, NOT to book (nor from any 3rd party site!) Do NOT take chances of 2 separate flights to or from Europe, because delays can happen...happy travels!

Vancouver, Canada
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7. Re: International travel question

+10 to btgm's post four. Flying from A to C instead of A to B because it's cheaper to go to C is a false economy if the only thing you plan to do in C is get away from there as quickly as possible.

Please put a location in your profile. It sounds like you'll be flying from Texas, but unless you tell us otherwise we're going to presume you live in the DFW area.

It's too early to look for flights for March next year. Fares will change and timetables might change as well, but more importantly you and your girlfriend need to sort out what you'd like to see and do and whether to book a return trip or a multi city ticket to fly from DFW to A and return from E to DFW.

Depending on your destinations you may find that rail travel will be the business rather than short haul flights, with a substantial advantage in travelling from city centre to centre. Have a look at www.eurostar.com and https://loco2.com/ for more rail travel information.

Wales, United...
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8. Re: International travel question

The $750 option to include time in London and Paris could easily end up costing you more than the $1300 fare for flying straight to Prague by the time you add in the cost of rail tickets between London and Paris, hotels and getting to the Czech Republic.

Broken Bow, Oklahoma
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9. Re: International travel question

Thank you everyone for your replies. Just to clarify, if we went to London and Paris, we would not go to Prague and vice versa. Our closest international airport is Dallas/Fort Worth. I understand now that the whole buying one way tickets is probably not the best option, so we will now focus more on where we really want to go and go on about planning our trip. Thanks everyone for your valueable input.

Preston, United...
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10. Re: International travel question

Whilst one way tickets are usually more expensive than returns you could consider an open jaw ticket - fly into one city and back from another. This may be, although not always, a bit more expensive but it would save returning to th3 first airport, saving both cost and time. You can book these on airlines’ own websites.

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