Dartland From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 643 posts, RR: 2 Posted (7 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2500 times:
I need advice from European aviation experts--
I'm leading a group of 15-18 college students on a trip from the US to Europe. We will be flying from NYC (JFK or EWR) to Krakow or Warsaw, Poland (preferably KRK) and then the return trip from Kaunas or Vilnius, Lithuania back to NYC. The trip is scheduled for mid-June.
Of course the fares are quite high since it's summer travel from the US to Europe -- one thought is to fly transatlantic to a European hub on a major airline and then switch to a European LCC for the intra-Europe flight.
For example: AA or EI JFK-DUB, and then DUB-KRK on SkyEurope. For the way home, we can fly KUN-DUB on FR and then DUB-JFK on AA or EI.
1) How much of a fare difference do you think would justify such a set-up?
2) How reliable are NE, FR, and any other European LCC that we could consider?
3) How much of a hassle is it to make an inter-airline transfer at a hub like DUB and how long of a layover would you leave? Remember we have a group of 15-18 people.
4) Would you consider it? We have a very tight itinerary and so the "cost" of an air travel screw-up is quite high (if not catastrophic).
Jcavinato From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 520 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2492 times:
I've taken my college class of students on tours of European companies. I'd advise to take trans-Atlantic flights as far as you can. I would not stop short in order to grab an LLC for the rest of the way. That is inviting one more potential day of travel (or a cut into your plans), if there was a delay. Too, keeping them together and watching them is a stressful job whereby you won't see much of the entire trip except when you're all on a bus. Second advice: simplify the travel as much as possible.
Haggis79 From Germany, joined Jun 2006, 1096 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2446 times:
keep in mind that we have totally different baggage allowance in Europe compared to the US... you're fine with the piece concept as long as you're travelling on an intinerary which contains at least one segment to which the piece concept applies... if you change itin's, you are stuck to a 20kg limit per person when flying a European legacy and even less when on some LCCs.... (FR does not have any free luggage anymore, I believe...)
UpperDeck79 From Finland, joined Feb 2005, 1139 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (7 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2438 times:
Quoting Someone83 (Reply 2): But also fly to Frankfurt (LH) or Stockholm (SK/CO) could be an idea and even try to CO to Oslo as all these airports should have connections with LCC both to Krakow and Vilnius
AY also works, since JFK-HEL-KRK and VNO-HEL-JFK both work. The pricing might not, though, when the return is not from the same country. A travel agent might solve that, though.
In my opinion it would be quite risky to have the connecting flight on LCCs, but then again if you are willing to spend the whole/half day at DUB then why not.
Andaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2391 times:
I have been dealing with similar trips from US to the Baltic Europe, and usually LOT and Finnair have offered the best deals. AY is a good deal if you need OW miles, and HEL offers really smooth transit.