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    best airfare sites/strategies for NYC/BCN travel?

    DS wants to fly to Barcelona and then Ibiza. Over Labor Day Weekend (has obviously learned nothing about advance planning from me). Is there a best time of day for bargain (or at least lower than now) fares? What are the best site(s) to look for air? I know he'll prob need to book BCN/Ibiza separately and we've done that before but the NYC/BCN leg is spendy (we don't have FF miles to use) and I'm having trouble navigating the numerous options (of course I am his default travel agent). All suggestions appreciated!

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    We took Norwegian Air home from Barcelona (to Newark) and thought it was quite nice and affordable. There's a surcharge for one checked bag, a meal, and a snack, and that was worth it. They only fly back and forth a couple of days a week.

    We went to Malaga with TAP Air Portugal, with a stop in Lisbon. The transfer in Lisbon was difficult. Except for not having to retrieve our bags and drag them around, it was a mess, long lines and a long time to get through. And then for the second flight, they put everyone on a bus and squished us in (so we all had to wait for the entire planeload of people to get on the bus) and then drove us to the plane, quite a distance away. Everyone was friendly, so it wasn't that bad, but it was a good thing we had almost three hours for the transfer.

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    Second Norwegian Air. Great airline. Service as promised. I took them to Paris. Very very pleased. As Wacky said, worth the extra fee to get to pick a seat, get food and check a bag.

    Previous poster Lawren2 took them to London and was please.

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    Another budget airline WOW (Icelandic) is similar to Norwegian Air. Worth check it out. I would also keep checking Google flights and Kayak. We looked into the budget airlines for our Baltic cruise in May/Jun but in the end, after adding up all the fees, there was not much savings so we went with United/Lufthansa. Maybe the savings are more significant flying out of East Coast?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LisaH View Post
    Another budget airline WOW (Icelandic) is similar to Norwegian Air. Worth check it out. I would also keep checking Google flights and Kayak. We looked into the budget airlines for our Baltic cruise in May/Jun but in the end, after adding up all the fees, there was not much savings so we went with United/Lufthansa. Maybe the savings are more significant flying out of East Coast?
    I haven't been able to get kayak to load. Will try Google. I tried a few other consolidated listing sites but the low fares weren't actually available when I clicked through. Right now I'm trying to get the cost down. If DS is a little more uncomfortable than he'd have been if he planned ahead, well....

    I tried WOW but cost was very high.

    Wacky and Grayfal -- Thanks for the Norwegian mention - the fares seem within the range of the others. Still higher than his budget but I'll keep checking that one for him. And the food/seat/bag package is $90, fyi. I realize prob worth it but maybe he can pack a sandwich and sit in a middle seat

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    Avery, don't you sometimes wonder when our kids will start doing their own travel planning.............or when we'll let them?
    Luanne

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luanne View Post
    Avery, don't you sometimes wonder when our kids will start doing their own travel planning.............or when we'll let them?
    LOL - co-dependent habits are hard to break!

    DD is in Hawaii celebrating her 10-year anniversary courtesy of an II sighting as we speak.

    Maria

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glitter Brunello View Post
    DS wants to fly to Barcelona and then Ibiza. Over Labor Day Weekend (has obviously learned nothing about advance planning from me). Is there a best time of day for bargain (or at least lower than now) fares? What are the best site(s) to look for air? I know he'll prob need to book BCN/Ibiza separately and we've done that before but the NYC/BCN leg is spendy (we don't have FF miles to use) and I'm having trouble navigating the numerous options (of course I am his default travel agent). All suggestions appreciated!
    The only tips I have are clear your cookies - sometimes the browser remembers a fare - and search one ticket at a time.

    Maria

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpizza View Post
    LOL - co-dependent habits are hard to break!

    DD is in Hawaii celebrating her 10-year anniversary courtesy of an II sighting as we speak.

    Maria
    Actually both of my daughters are perfectly able to make their own travel arrangements, and have. I'm the only who keeps wanting to jump in and "help".
    Luanne

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luanne View Post
    Actually both of my daughters are perfectly able to make their own travel arrangements, and have. I'm the only who keeps wanting to jump in and "help".
    They are exceptional!
    I think DS is just used to me taking care of it, and I hate to see him do it less than efficiently... and he knows what a PIA it is...
    the ONE THING I keep asking for is ADVANCE NOTICE. Why can't they at least do that??? Yes yes I'm enabling, I know.

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