Best flying route from Montreal to Vienna
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Jun 13, 2012 10:27 AM Last Post By: pizwat
Jun 9, 2012 10:34 AM
Jun 9, 2012 10:41 AM
1If you want to fly with a single ticket, introduce your travel dates in any flight fares search engine (e.g.: Kayak or Skyscanner) and it'll tell you your cheapest option on your travel dates.
If you don't bother to travel with two separate tickets if it's cheaper. You could take a look at Air Transat to London (or any other airline to London if it's cheaper than Air Transat on your travel dates) and Easyjet from London to Vienna.
Jun 9, 2012 10:56 AM
2Try to avoid flying the trans-atlantic part on the weekends to avoid the weekend surcharges that many airlines have. Orbitz is a good website to check since they will often have interline (not just same alliance) possibilities if it's cheaper.
#1 is right but keep in mind that 2 tickets will mean you bear all liability if one flight is late and you miss your connection. Also, keep an eye on luggage allowances - they are probably considerably higher trans-atlantic which could mean some hefty charges for your connecting flight. A single ticket avoids these problems, as well as the necessity to collect your luggage, go through UK customs and immigration and then re-check your bags. As #1 suggests, AirTransat would be a good choice since they fly into Gatwick. AC flies to Heathrow which means much more transfer time to Gatwick as well as ground transportation expense.
Jun 9, 2012 11:00 AM
3A good place to always begin is the small airfare ads in the travel section of your Sunday paper. And after that, I would not trust any websites to give you absolutely the lowest airfare, as who really knows how they are programmed, especially if there are connecting flights involved. Of course, the airfares can constantly change as the airlines try to achieve the greatest profits on their flights, and can go up or down considerably, perhaps over night.
And avoiding weekends is not correct, as our recent trans-Atlantic flights were on Sundays. The best search engines will allow a great leeway in dates of flights to find lower cost ones.
Edited by: marcopolko
Jun 9, 2012 11:08 AM
4With modern yield-management software, prices can change several times a day in some cases. There tends to be fewer shenanigans with opaque pricing these day thanks to recent DOT regulations requiring all-in pricing for just the actual transport (things like luggage and seat selection can be extra), at least with US-based search engines and websites. Taxes, fees, and things like fuel surcharges are now required to be presented up front.
Jun 9, 2012 11:23 AM
5Oh, if you want to know what all your possibilities are, go to your library and look at am OAG guide to all of the flights of the world. And you can put together other routes not shown because of excessive connection times if it will benefit you. But I usually just quit searching and looking at prices when I find a reasonable one for us, the additional time and trouble just isn't worth the usual possible small savings.
And there isn't just one economy fare class, but several. When the cheaper fare classes sell out, the ticket prices will automatically rise to the next cheapest level. That always will happen, then there is the manipulation of prices to maximize profits. I can guarantee that you will never have a problem finding a last minute seat at full ticket price on almost any airline, they will be happy to voluntarily or involuntarily remove other passengers paying lower fares, and if it is involuntary, those with the cheapest tickets.
Jun 9, 2012 2:58 PM
6If you change planes in London and the departure airport is not the same as the arrival airport (Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted), allow at least six hours to get from one airport to the other. And you also have to factor in the cost of transferring from one airport to the other.
If you miss your connecting flight - unless the two flights are booked on one ticket - it's your problem, not the airline's. The ticket will be worthless and you'll have to buy another at full price, being last-minute and therefore expensive.
Jun 9, 2012 4:24 PM
7"The ticket will be worthless and you'll have to buy another at full price, being last-minute and therefore expensive."
Probably true inside Europe, probably not true for the trans-atlantic segment but check the rules before buying (it's usually buried in a long list of fare conditions that you may have to press a button the website to see.) Still, it's not a good situation and paying the change fee and any fare difference can still be very expensive. Plus, you may have to wait awhile, even overnight, for the next available flight that they are willing to book you on.
Jun 13, 2012 9:58 AM
Jun 13, 2012 10:27 AM
9"And avoiding weekends is not correct, as our recent trans-Atlantic flights were on Sundays."
OK, so I amend my advice to say that one should compare prices for mid-week versus weekend travel. I did not say that all airlines have the surcharge, but many do. As an example here is an excerpt from the lowest fare KLM offers:
RULE APPLICATION AND OTHER CONDITIONS NOTE - THE FOLLOWING TEXT IS INFORMATIONAL AND NOT
VALIDATED FOR AUTOPRICING.
KLM STANDARD RULE - ECONOMY CLASS SEMI FLEX /
THESE FARES APPLY
BETWEEN AREA 1 AND AREA 2
BETWEEN AREA 1 AND AREA 3
BETWEEN AREA 2 AND AREA 3.
CLASS OF SERVICE
THESE FARES APPLY FOR ECONOMY CLASS SERVICE.
TYPES OF TRANSPORTATION
THIS RULE GOVERNS ROUND-TRIP FARES.
FARES GOVERNED BY THIS RULE CAN BE USED TO CREATE
THE CARRIER SHALL LIMIT THE NUMBER OF PASSENGERS
CARRIED ON ANY ONE FLIGHT AT FARES GOVERNED BY
THIS RULE AND SUCH FARES WILL NOT NECESSARILY BE
AVAILABLE ON ALL FLIGHTS. THE NUMBER OF SEATS,
WHICH THE CARRIER SHALL MAKE AVAILABLE ON A GIVEN
FLIGHT, WILL BE DETERMINED BY THE CARRIER$S BEST
ELIGIBILITY NO ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS APPLY.
DAY/TIME PERMITTED MON/TUE/WED/THU ON EACH TRANSATLANTIC
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(4 star Hotel)
From US$134.33 per night
(3 star Hotel)
From US$101.20 per night
(4 star Hotel)
From US$171.47 per night