What's a good way to find a good airfare to Duesseldorf, Germany

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    Dec 25, 2009 4:38 PM GMT
    I want to show up and surprise my friend for her 60th birthday bash...she has sent me an invitation, but doesnt expect me to show up.

    If this makes any difference. I need to be there Saturday, Feb 6 and I would only stay a few days around that date.
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    Dec 25, 2009 4:46 PM GMT
    um...the internet?icon_rolleyes.gif



    LOL. SRSLY, though. Maybe Lufthanasa's webpage?

    Economy class, leaving Dulles, Feb 5th return Feb 9th, $752.00.

    http://www.lufthansa.com/online/portal/lh/us/
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    Dec 25, 2009 5:21 PM GMT
    If you can find a very cheap ticket to Amsterdam, you might consider taking the ICE (high speed train) to Dusseldorf. Return tickets when booked far in advance (Amst. - Dusseldorf) are around 60 euros. See if it makes a difference.
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    Dec 25, 2009 5:25 PM GMT
    kayak.com
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    Dec 25, 2009 5:31 PM GMT
    seanp7 saidkayak.com

    make sure that there and at expedia.com you delete your cookies every visit since they keep track of prices they give you.

    Try cheapoair.com

    I found tickets from 2/5-2/9 550-650 there. 1-2 stops which isn't the worst.

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    Dec 25, 2009 5:32 PM GMT

    http://www.yapta.com

    and

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    are my favorites right now.


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    Dec 25, 2009 5:36 PM GMT
    Wow! thanks for all the tips and links, guys!

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    Dec 25, 2009 5:38 PM GMT
    flieslikeabeagle said
    http://www.yapta.com

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    Dec 25, 2009 5:42 PM GMT
    Pinny saidcheapoair.com

    wow, that cheapo is way cheaper. ..I will check the others, too.
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    Dec 25, 2009 5:45 PM GMT
    If you can get to London for cheap, it looks like EasyJet has some specials from Gatwick to DUS for around 40 Euro roundtrip around those dates, as they are just introducing new service. Its easy to get transit from Heathrow to Gatwick.
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    Dec 25, 2009 6:01 PM GMT
    airfarewatchdog.com

    You may have to fly to Berlin, Frankfurt or Cologne and catch a cheap flight to Dusseldorf.
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    Dec 25, 2009 6:35 PM GMT
    oh wow! ...I had no idea there were so many ways to check out.

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    Dec 25, 2009 6:42 PM GMT
    If I may just throw in my personal opinion about all of this (especially coming from someone who flies overseas often). It is in my interest (and mental ease) to try and fly with 1-2 stops rather than fly to X then take a bus to Y so that I can catch another flight to Z to save ~$50. I don't know your budget or how many corners you like to cut, but to get to France once, I took a bus to Chicago, a flight to Washington, a flight to London, a flight to Paris, and a 6 hour layover for another flight to Strasbourg. It was a terrible day and I think I saved about $60 over taking a flight from Champaign to Chicago, Chicago to Paris, and a train to my specific city.

    Sorry for the long post, but if $400-$500 isn't out of your range, I would go for it rather than trying to get a flight to X city and then catch easyjet, ryanair, or the other cheaper European lines.

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    Dec 25, 2009 6:55 PM GMT
    Pinny saidIf I may just throw in my personal opinion about all of this (especially coming from someone who flies overseas often). It is in my interest (and mental ease) to try and fly with 1-2 stops rather than fly to X then take a bus to Y so that I can catch another flight to Z to save ~$50. I don't know your budget or how many corners you like to cut, but to get to France once, I took a bus to Chicago, a flight to Washington, a flight to London, a flight to Paris, and a 6 hour layover for another flight to Strasbourg. It was a terrible day and I think I saved about $60 over taking a flight from Champaign to Chicago, Chicago to Paris, and a train to my specific city.

    Sorry for the long post, but if $400-$500 isn't out of your range, I would go for it rather than trying to get a flight to X city and then catch easyjet, ryanair, or the other cheaper European lines.

    Best

    I agree. One stop over in an airport ...with enough time for make the connecting flight, barring an abnormally long delay... is enough.
  • DuggerPDX

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    Dec 25, 2009 9:11 PM GMT
    From Alexandria I would think United/Lufthansa through Munich or Frankfurt are going to be your best options. I would recommend using Munich over Frankfurt if you have an option, it's a much easier airport to navigate. Using an airline consolidator might give you the best pricing, they can sometimes beat the online prices you find by 5-10%, only downside is that you can't always bank frequent flyer miles with a consolidator ticket.

    I do own a travel agency and would be glad to help you out.

    -Doug
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    Dec 25, 2009 10:47 PM GMT
    DuggerPDX saidFrom Alexandria I would think United/Lufthansa through Munich or Frankfurt are going to be your best options. I would recommend using Munich over Frankfurt if you have an option, it's a much easier airport to navigate. Using an airline consolidator might give you the best pricing, they can sometimes beat the online prices you find by 5-10%, only downside is that you can't always bank frequent flyer miles with a consolidator ticket.

    I do own a travel agency and would be glad to help you out.

    -Doug

    But you will charge a fee on top of the fares. Cant I do better just checking out these links and booking the flights myself?
  • hallyhallo

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    Dec 25, 2009 10:53 PM GMT
    usually on the internet. there are several sites.

    www.expedia.com

    www.travelocity.com

    airberlin (www.airberlin.com) has direct flights from duesseldorf to the states. but i don't know whether they fly close to your place.

    i often use the german site. www.opodo.de

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    Dec 26, 2009 12:36 AM GMT
    Caslon12000 saidExcept for you, Seanp. You get LOLcats for the rest of the year! ... When you least expect it, expect it. ... icon_wink.gif


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    Dec 26, 2009 1:26 AM GMT
    I've found this works the best....

    Go to expeidia kayak and other sites, and find the best airline, then go to that airlines website, buying the tickets there is USUALLY (but not always) cheaper. Also you may want to try airlines that partner. For instance: for the same flight (to Delhi, India) using the same physical planes at the sametime, it was cheaper to get the tickets from KLM than getting them from Northwest. They were codesharing the flight, but KLM was selling the same tickets for less. So know you airline alliances.

    For who partners with who, use wikipedia. The three main alliances are: "oneworld" "Star Alliance" and "SkyTeam".
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    Dec 26, 2009 2:03 AM GMT
    Oneworld is the largest I think or at least the best. Flying out of Dulles makes me think United/Luftansa would be best.

    To answer your question Dave, the websites usually are the best but in this day airlines have random days where they will sell tickets marked down because they would rather get 100% of the ticket rather than expedia/travelocity etc... getting the other % for selling the ticket. It is hit or miss on those, but again, if you have a particular airline, the least you can do is just type it in to see the prices.

    Again, remember those cookies. There is software out there that airlines use to track the "lowest" price they gave you and can program the results to never go below it.

    best,
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    Dec 26, 2009 2:05 AM GMT
    I foud that the best prices I've found came from the direct airline websites themselves at least now a day.

    My flight from Montana to dc was 900 on orbit expedia and statravel a site for students, I went to united's website and got it for 650.

    My flight to london tomorrow is a direct flight from dc to London was 850 after tax on British airways with an upgraded cabin! Statravel quoted me at 1000 not including their fees and tax.

    I booked both flights in late October so not too far out and kind of close to my flights so I'd say best prices come from the actual airline websites since other sites charge their own fees
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    Dec 26, 2009 2:44 AM GMT
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    Dec 26, 2009 2:49 AM GMT
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    Caslon12000 saidExcept for you, Seanp. You get LOLcats for the rest of the year! ... When you least expect it, expect it. ... icon_wink.gif


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    Dec 26, 2009 2:58 AM GMT
    Do any of you with more experience think that prices will be lower after the holidays? I am wondering if prices are higher now cuz of holiday travel, but will drop after New Year's.
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    Dec 26, 2009 3:01 AM GMT
    i'm with hally - go with travelocity...about 1/3 of the time, it's the best fare.