I'm back and planning another intl trip,yay:)
I'm taking a Med cruise out of Rome in May,and looking(preliminary) at flights...once again,cheapest options are all out of JFK. I'm seeing flights for app. $700 RT on Finnair and Air berlin,airlines i am not familiar with but have read reviews on here and airlinequality.com. Both airlines would have an 8 hr layover on the way over,and an overnight one in Helsinki/Berlin (respectively) on the way back. I dont mind those TOO much,if its possible to visit either city for a quick trip and stay inexpensively(<$100 USD).
My other choice is Turkish Air,for $750,also long layovers similar to the above,but I've read its a nicer airline and I have MileagePlus miles so i can accumulate miles here,but is Turkey a safe place for a single female to stay/visit?
Finally,there is also TAP for $770...quick layover in Lisbon on the way but overnight also on way home. Is it worth paying $70 than the others?
The major airlines(United,Lufthansa,Alitalia,etc) are all pricing at 1100/1200 right now,and Im not sure its likely that in the next 5-6 months prices will drop-if I can save $400,I will. But i would like some first hand opinions of the above airlines/layovers so see which stands out,pros/cons,etc
Any info appreciated!!