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Cheap Airfare to France--ATTN TDF TRAVLERS(15 posts)

Cheap Airfare to France--ATTN TDF TRAVLERSteoteoteo
Jan 14, 2004 8:00 PM
Just a PSA by your friendly RBR Tour de France nut teo that I scored a pretty cheap ticket tonight to France for the Tour.

I have been hunting for the last month and Hotwire had a $680 fare from DFW to Paris. The ticket was a "hidden fare" meaning the carrier give its name and does not disclose exact depature times UNTIL you buy the ticket. The site does give exact departure dates before you buy.

Anyway, the ticket is US Airways and though they wouldn't be my first choice I will say I am pleased that their baggage policy allows my bike to fly free in lieu of one bag--a policy most Airlines have gotton rid of even on international flights.

This is the second time I've used hotwire for the TdF thing and the 1st time I got a ticket through Continental.

Last year I got a hidden fare through expedia for 550 so for those bargain hunters the fares are out there. Standard airfare from the US to France in July runs from 1150-1400 as it's peak season.

Good Luck!
re: Cheap Airfare to France--ATTN TDF TRAVLERSil sogno
Jan 14, 2004 10:33 PM
When you do the hidden fare thing, can you specify non-stop?
re: Cheap Airfare to France--ATTN TDF TRAVLERSteoteoteo
Jan 15, 2004 6:19 AM
Mine came up one stop or Non-Stop guaranteed--I've done hidden fares 3 times and 2 times I got non-stop, last night I got a stop in Philly and thus my first non-stop.

If your starting point is a major hub than you have a much better shot. I live in Austin but have family in Dallas and Houston so I pick Dallas and Houston as my starting point.
Sometimes I miss the perks of my previous employer ...HouseMoney
Jan 15, 2004 6:17 AM
A few years ago a co-worker & I each spent $28 one way betw/ JFK & CDG. That's right, $56 round trip! (all we paid was the tax) And we went while the French Open was being played, so it was a peak time.

I don't regret resigning to return to a previous career, but darn do I miss those travel benefits!
I married into flight benefitsDave Hickey
Jan 15, 2004 7:07 AM
Coach is free anywhere in the world. First class varies from $50 to $150 round trip. Life is real hard:-)
re: where will all you guys be staying?berni
Jan 15, 2004 7:59 AM
Just curious. Do you follow the Tour around or install yourselves in one place?

I live in Geneva, and the tour will be passing through (or very close) to there this year, then up the Col de la Faucille, probably one of the most popular cols in this area, and quite tough. (HC)
re: where will all you guys be staying?philippec
Jan 15, 2004 8:14 AM
I'll be coming down from Paris and renting two homes not far from l'Alpe d'Huez for the week of the 17th (and no, I don't have room -- I already have 3 team-mates, my family and a visiting family of friends staying there! ;-) full houses!). I usually find it is better to find some place central for the mntn stages and use that as a home base -- moving around every day is just too tiring... and you should be using that time to ride, not to shuttle between hotels!



PS. I've been going down to Geneva a lot for work recently. I brought my bike a few times and have basically been trying to get in at least one ride in on the Mt. Salève circuit. Any other good but perhaps shorter rides (1.5-2hs) that you can suggest?
re: I swear I can fit in a broom closet..teoteoteo
Jan 15, 2004 1:00 PM
I swear if you let me stay you won't even know I'm there! I promise. Kidding my friend. I'll get with you offline. I am staying in Les Deux Alpes at Le Berangere Hotel. I'll make sure to find you this year.
Where will you be during the prior week?ms
Jan 15, 2004 3:14 PM
After the Etape, my family and I are staying near Pau from the 13th to the 16th (If I can arrange my flight from Toulouse to London late enough, I am hoping that we can see the stage on the 16th -- but I am sure that we will not have the time to be at La Mongie and then dash to the airport). If you are in the vicinity, let's try to get together.
Thats a plan...teoteoteo
Jan 15, 2004 6:12 PM
I'll be in Lourdes at the Grand Hotel de le Grotte on those dates.

On the 13th we'll ride the Aubisque
14th A loop that includes Hautacam
15th To Luz Ardiden
16th La Mongie

Email offline and we can figure out a meet up.
A couple more ?'sinnergel
Jan 15, 2004 8:53 AM
1. Is there a special search you have to do for the hidden fares, or do you just plug in your two cities?

2. Can you get me the same deal from Dallas to Milan for the Giro!? The best I can find is $930 or so. That's get kind of pricey when you have buy two tickets.

A couple more ?'steoteoteo
Jan 15, 2004 12:57 PM

I just keep plugging in cities and dates that work. From there they will show up or not. Italy is tough I for DFW to Florence for a possible Italian trip and came up at 1630 YIKES!!!

Be dillegent and try once a day every day. Last year it finally appeared after weeks of hunting--it was in mid-march so all hope is not lost. The fares won't get much higher than 1350 so only hope for lower.
A couple more ?'sinnergel
Jan 15, 2004 3:13 PM
I was hoping there was a "secret link" you could point me to :-) I'll keep plugging away and hopefully something will pop-up. And 1630 YIKES!! to Florence is right. Add that to the $3k each for the cost and we are pressing $8k before we've left the house.

I don't know if I'll be able to wait until March, though. My wife will go berserk, and drive me berserk with her, if everything is not buttoned up in the next few weeks. She's kind of anal retentive about this stuff. Such is life. :-)
Jan 15, 2004 6:03 PM
I just remebered this.....

In 2001 did a discount travel agency and they found me 750. It was in the same strip center that Richardson Bike Mart is didn't cost a thing to stop in and say "Find me your best price and call me"
INNERGEL--READ THIS - I read it, thanks! (nm)innergel
Jan 16, 2004 1:45 PM