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Flights to GUADEC

I had so much fun at Boston Summit. Consequently, when Behdad just posted the announcement for the final dates for GUADEC (July 3rd - 11th), I thought I would like to go. The cheapest flights I can find are on Lufthansa or Iberia and range from $1,650-$1,750 USD. Is there a trick to flying internationally that I don't know about? It would be a great vacation but $3,000 for travel expenses is a lot of money to spend to just have the opportunity for a vacation and awesomeness to commence once you arrive.

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ext_105260
Nov. 25th, 2008 10:02 pm (UTC)
Trick...
Well, the best is to allow non-direct flights via some of the big european hubs. Good choice is usually London, Paris or Frankfurt. For example, flying from Munich to San Francisco (and back) costs about 1500 Euro while going from Munich to London and then to San Francisco is only 550 Euro (if you book early).
hub_
Nov. 25th, 2008 10:33 pm (UTC)
it is too early to book IMHO. That's why it is so high.
adamwill
Nov. 26th, 2008 06:34 am (UTC)
+1
+1 for hub - I suspect there may be cheaper prices if you wait a bit.

if all the airlines aren't bust by then!
(Anonymous)
Nov. 25th, 2008 11:13 pm (UTC)
Did you compare prices for saturday/sunday flights vs prices for flights on weekdays? AFAIK there can be very heavy differences.
jasondclinton
Nov. 25th, 2008 11:58 pm (UTC)
Yea, did weekday flights. Highest cost flights were $5,000.
ext_117171
Nov. 27th, 2008 10:00 pm (UTC)
What others said
I agree with what others said. When I search now for flights from Toronto to Las Palmas I get ~1600 CAD. If I search for A Coruna and Tempere, the other two GUADEC candidates I get ~1600 CAD and ~1300 CAD respectively. And A Coruna is no tourist destination.

Another plan of course is to connect a mainstream flight to a European hub with a low-fair airline trip to Las Palmas. I've not investigated that yet myself, but I'll post my results when I do.

Cheers,

behdad
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