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Old 07-15-2007, 12:13 PM
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I am starting to plan an overseas trip for next year.


My end goal is to be in Denmark.


Being the cheap basterd that I am I am very flexible as to how I get there. I can pretty much take off from any point in the US as I have free flights built up, and I can end anywhere within a day's train ride of my destination (100 or so miles north of Hamburg Germany) or my sister can drive and pick us up within the same distance.


What I am running up against on all the online sites (Expedia, etc) is I have to pick an exact departure and arrival locations.



Has anyone found a way to just throw out some basic parameters as far as locations and dates and see what is out there, or do I have to spend eye bleeding hours doing different searches?





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Old 07-15-2007, 04:28 PM
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I haven't been to Europe myself, but I would suggest getting a rail schedule and plan around that. The rail system in Europe is decades beyond what you find here, and it is a very economical way to travel. If I were to go for an extended stay of more than a week, that is what I would do.
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Old 07-16-2007, 09:19 AM
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Having spent 3 1/2 yrs in Germany, I concur will Wolokrab. Depending on how long you'll be in Europe, you can purchase a rail pass for say 2 weeks and get a better rate. That said, there are many variations of rail passes. Additionally, check Ryan Air, a discounted no frills airlines, and I mean no frills. You can fly from Frankfurt to to most larger cities (London, Pisa, Oslo, etc) for under $100 and some places under $50.
I've personally used both rail and air. Lay out your game plan now. More than willing help more if needed. Good luck, have fun, and drink the local beers!!!
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Old 07-16-2007, 12:55 PM
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If you are using your airline miles for the tickets, the websites are of limited use to you beyond checking possible schedules. I work in travel and have to tell you the carriers set aside a limited inventory for reward redemption. You will have to contact your airline to make the booking and arrange connections on any 'partner' involved in your travel needs.

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Old 07-16-2007, 12:58 PM
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I think on expedia it gives you the costs to airports local to the ones you select. Its an option once you do a search.
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Old 07-17-2007, 07:38 AM
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kamper - i ran into the airline miles thing once - free ticket up to $500 but from Springfield MO nothing was under $500, except anywhere on the internet. I get they use MSRP.... I have two tickets avail now, one is through BOA the other is Southwest. The way I spend I can have another one by the time I am ready to go, but SW has somewhat limited airports. The best place to jump out of the states (cost) is the NYC area although Seattle would be good cause I could stop and see the folks for a few days.


Jim - I have tried that but you still have to click each one. It seems like I could tell a search engine I wanted to go from the US to Denmark during this time period and somehow search all avail options and sort by price. Don't care if it is from Cornfield Iowa or New York city - just search for cheap prices.




What's funny is I can fly from Nashville to Sønderborg (small town close to my sister) for $20 less than from JFK to Copenhagen. But I on the Nashville flight I go thru JFK and Copenhagen. That's why I want to do a search like I am trying to do...

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Old 07-17-2007, 08:20 AM
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Southwest flys to Manchester NH, and Providence RI. If you allow enough time you could get a ground shuttle to Boston. A company that services the Manchester area is "Flight Line." I dont know who to suggest for Providence. F/L might be there too. The airport websites will probably have that info. I'd recomend at least 4 hours between flights for that since Boston traffic can be nasty and you will still need to allow 2 hours to clear security for an international departure.

S/W also services Islip NY (Long Island). Same thing for International departures from JFK NY. Flying to BWI/Baltimore would allow you to use BWI or IAD/Dulles as the international gateway. MDW/Midway Chicago would work for ORD/OHare.

BOA? Do you mean BA/British Airways? I'm not at work but I'm pretty sure BA services all the cities I mentioned. Also UA/United
and thier partners SA/SAS-Scandinavian and LH/Lufthansa do too.

What would help you are "routemaps." That's those little maps with the lines drawn between the cities served by that airline. Sometimes they are shown on the airlines' home pages or as a click tab. Others you have to use the search window and a lot dont put it n the net and I cant figure out why. I use an airline based system at work. Regretably I cant offer to help you book this trip because we have an "exclusive" contract with our client.

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Old 07-17-2007, 09:22 AM
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BOA = Bank of America rewards card.

I forgot about the shuttles from the NE cities and didn't know SW went to Long Island. I've got an old buddy in NYC that would come direct me around for a couple beers payment...


Haven't flown SAS in years, but it sure used to be alot nicer that anything else. LAst couple times I've been was on United.


Looks like flying into Hamburg Germany could save me a few hundred each ticket, and it's only about 90 miles for a train or Sis can drive down and pick us up.

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