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Whats The Cheapest Ticket You've Ever Bought..?

Mon Jan 03, 2005 9:57 pm

Yesterday whilst trawling through the LCC website's I managed to pick up some return tickets with Easyjet LGW - CGN, £14 per person inc all taxes..! This is travelling on a Sunday in March as a day trip and to me this is an excellent price, I can't even travel by train from Southampton to London for as little as £14, which leads me on to my question...

...what's the cheapest flight ticket you've ever bought....?

Previous to this, I've managed to get tickets to DUB for £25 and PRG for £30 but never for less then £15...!

I'd be interested in your answers.

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IanatSTN
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RE: Whats The Cheapest Ticket You've Ever Bought..

Mon Jan 03, 2005 10:11 pm

Hey Andy,

If you catch the flights on FR and U2 right, you can pick up amazing fares, which is obviously what you have done here for your trip to Cologne! On Ryanair imparticualar, they often just give tickets away for 99p, 49p or sometimes even for free. You just end up having to paying taxes, which isn't too bad considering the total fare!

I've never really booked a flight on a LCC looking for the low fare, but on my planned trip to CDG for the 2005 Paris Air Show, I can go LTN-CDG-LTN on U2 for £43 inc. tax, which doesn't sound too bad to me!

I'm interested in hearing what other people have paid for tickets....

Cheers,
Ian.
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Pe@rson
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RE: Whats The Cheapest Ticket You've Ever Bought..

Mon Jan 03, 2005 10:17 pm

The lowest RETURN fare I've seen, including taxes and everything else, was 11.80 GBP, from STN to ORK and back. It's often possible to get 18-19 GBP returns, inclusive of everything, from STN to PIK and back, with 9 GBP one-way deals.

The cheapest one-way ticket I have probably purchased is about 9.50 GBP from GRO to BGY. The cheapest return ticket I have probably purchased is 22.05 GBP from STN to VLC. Both of these are inclusive of everything.

It's quite easy to obtain less than 15 GBP one-way deals on two of FR's longest routes: NYO-CIA, with a block time of 3 hours, and NYO-GRO, with a block time of 3.15 hours.


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RE: Whats The Cheapest Ticket You've Ever Bought..

Mon Jan 03, 2005 10:19 pm

I've got a great one...

Back in early '01, I had just returned to the US from LEJ on LH (visiting my then fiancee). As soon as I returned, I looked on LH's website to try and book a fare for the end of May.

Lo and behold, LH was having a ticket auction on their site (i.e. 1 ticket from XXX to YYY from date1 to date2). And one of the tickets just happened to be from BOS (my gateway of choice) to LEJ. Starting bid was $30. I put my bid in, and was the only bidder at the close, so I got it. Called up LH to get ticketed, and the CSR gave me the total with taxes and fees, and it was still just around $100. She was shocked, saying that even as an employee she couldn't travel that cheaply (doubt that, I think she was trying to be nice).

So, to sum it up:
gas to BOS $15
Ticket: $30
Taxes: $~60
The look on my fiancees face when I showed up at her door unannouced that May: $priceless
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IanatSTN
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RE: Whats The Cheapest Ticket You've Ever Bought..

Mon Jan 03, 2005 10:24 pm

Boeingnut -  Wow!

What a fare! Are there any other ticket auctions around that you know of  Big grin

Cheers,
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RE: Whats The Cheapest Ticket You've Ever Bought..

Mon Jan 03, 2005 10:30 pm

Well, my cheapest flight ever was with Germanwings

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ZRH-CGN

for € 1,- each way incl. tax Big grin, was not a regular fare though

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RE: Whats The Cheapest Ticket You've Ever Bought..

Mon Jan 03, 2005 10:35 pm

EWR-NAS on CO for $99 RT. I woke up one morning and they were advertising it on their website. Way to good to pass up on.
 
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RE: Whats The Cheapest Ticket You've Ever Bought..

Mon Jan 03, 2005 10:42 pm

My cheapest fare was on Ryanair GRZ-STN. It was a promotional fare since Ryanair had just launched the route. It was 1p (£0.01) one way inclusive all taxes.  Smokin cool
 
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RE: Whats The Cheapest Ticket You've Ever Bought..

Mon Jan 03, 2005 10:43 pm

Not that I know of. Last one I saw was on LH back in 02, and that was a ticket auction using ffm instead of $. Check out their site, maybe they'll have some more soon. Ive been out of the int'l flying game for a while now, so Ive stopped looking
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hawaijahaz
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RE: Whats The Cheapest Ticket You've Ever Bought..

Mon Jan 03, 2005 10:43 pm

Wow! Those are some good fares that you guys have gotten.

The best I've done is $100 from SIN to BKK (return) that I'm flying next week on the new Tiger Airways.

The best I've done in the US is $185 (return) from AUS to BOS on AA.


 
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RE: Whats The Cheapest Ticket You've Ever Bought..

Mon Jan 03, 2005 10:45 pm

I've had a few good promo fares. The best one was when bmibaby first began operations from EMA in 2002. They were giving away seats for free, thats free with no taxes to pay either. completely free. We went to DUB, AGP and PMI that year for absolutely nothing. Fares went on sale at 06:00 so I just set my alarm for 05:50 three mornings on the trot to get the fares. Easy  Smile

The cheapest fare I have actually paid for was FR STN-HHN which was 50p again with no extra taxes. At this price I booked myself on the flight after the one I planned to go on just in case the train was delayed or I changed my mind. Whats 50p?

Like Paulianer I also got a good Germanwings fare of £1 again including all taxes from EDI-CGN in 2003.

Unfortunately the crazy days from the European LCCs seem to be over now, at least they now make you pay for your taxes.
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RE: Whats The Cheapest Ticket You've Ever Bought..

Mon Jan 03, 2005 10:47 pm

BMI Baby - EMA-PRG-EMA
When they launched they offered 1000 free seats including tax.

FlyBE offer flights for £9.99 return including tax and nearly all flights the tax and other charges are more than £10 so must be making a loss on these tickets.
 
ThomasCook
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RE: Whats The Cheapest Ticket You've Ever Bought..

Mon Jan 03, 2005 10:51 pm

Hi,

My cheapest fare was £5.50 with easyJet which I will use this Wednesday between LPL-BFS. I'm looking forward to it! I am returning with bmibaby to MAN which was £15.

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RE: Whats The Cheapest Ticket You've Ever Bought..

Mon Jan 03, 2005 10:53 pm

STL-ORD TWA $71 roundtrip including taxes

IND-LGA ATA $131 roundtrip including taxes

IND-MSP NWA $71 roundtrip including taxes last minute fly-in special to the Mall of America. Does NWA ever do this anymore?  Sad

IND-TPA USAIR $126 roundtrip including taxes

STL-PHX TWA $152 roundtrip including taxes


All were pre 9-11 security fee hikes except IND-LGA.
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RE: Whats The Cheapest Ticket You've Ever Bought..

Mon Jan 03, 2005 10:57 pm

This past year (fares rounded to the nearest dollar):

FL PHL-BOS r/t: $82

WN PHL-PVD r/t: $77

In 2002

WN FLL-TPA r/t: $73*

* above price shown is price per person if total ticket cost was evenly split, total ticket cost was $146 for 2 tickets as part of WN's Friends Fly Free promotion that was offered at the time
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RE: Whats The Cheapest Ticket You've Ever Bought..

Mon Jan 03, 2005 11:04 pm

US Airways PHL to PIT $46 for a one way
 
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RE: Whats The Cheapest Ticket You've Ever Bought..

Mon Jan 03, 2005 11:38 pm


SJC-BUR on PSA..walk up fare of $14.95 (early 70's)



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RE: What's The Cheapest Ticket You've Ever Bought.

Tue Jan 04, 2005 12:48 am

Great fares.....however I know of some legacy airline employees who would seethe with anger when reading a thread like this. Lower airfares mean more pay and benefit cuts for them.
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SmithAir747
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RE: Whats The Cheapest Ticket You've Ever Bought..

Tue Jan 04, 2005 2:22 am

My cheapest fares:

DOMESTIC:
Roundtrip FWA-PIT-LGA USAir $89--I went to a Treacher Collins Syndrome symposium in New York City; since it was on a Monday (14 July 1997), I spent the weekend in NYC.

INTERNATIONAL:
One-way FWA-ORD-PIT-LGW UA/US $330 (booked on http://www.studentuniverse.com)--I came to London (18 Sept. 2004) to start school at King's College London this fall.

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RE: Whats The Cheapest Ticket You've Ever Bought..

Tue Jan 04, 2005 3:03 am

AUS-IAH 2003 40$ WN

AUS-IAH-SNA 2004 169$+ tax= 206$ CO  Smokin cool

AUS-IAH-DCA 1999 252$ DL

Those are the cheapest i can recall.
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RE: Whats The Cheapest Ticket You've Ever Bought..

Tue Jan 04, 2005 3:07 am

LGW-BCN on EasyJet, it was so cheap, like under 20 euros!

I fly on a buddy pass at AA, so you can imagine what fares I can get!

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RE: Whats The Cheapest Ticket You've Ever Bought..

Tue Jan 04, 2005 3:11 am

Well, im an expensive airline flyer, cheapest fare ever was Song JFK-FLL for US$99 one way.
 
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RE: Whats The Cheapest Ticket You've Ever Bought..

Tue Jan 04, 2005 6:32 am

Just before Eastern Airlines went out of business, I purchased tickets good for 21 days worth of travel over their entire system for $ 329. Used them to travel all over the Caribbean but unfortunately only could get two weeks off from work! Now that I'm retired, sure would like to see an offer like that again.
 
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RE: Whats The Cheapest Ticket You've Ever Bought..

Tue Jan 04, 2005 8:14 am

I've had some great deals on various airlines (including Blue 1, FlyBE, easyJet and even SAS) but the one that surprised me most was when I was trying to book a daytrip to Paris to celebrate my Mum's 70th birthday. I ended up using BMI on their LHR-CDG route. The outbound flight was something like £2 (excl. taxes). The whole fare, including taxes, was only £43, which I thought was great for a daytrip, and on British Midland to boot!

And at the time when LH were trying to undercut Go on the STN-MUC route, I got a return on LH for £40 all-in, which at the time was a real bargain!
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RE: Whats The Cheapest Ticket You've Ever Bought..

Tue Jan 04, 2005 1:30 pm

I got to go from DTW-LGW-DTW on NW last February for $203 incl. tax, definitely the best deal I've seen on that route.
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RE: Whats The Cheapest Ticket You've Ever Bought..

Tue Jan 04, 2005 6:15 pm

Auckland to Palmerston North, the flight is 1 hour long on a larger prop (ATR 72). It cost me $76 New Zealand.
 
keno
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RE: Whats The Cheapest Ticket You've Ever Bought..

Tue Jan 04, 2005 7:55 pm

£5.00 including tax with GO (now part of Easyjet). This was a special fare for the first few inaugural flights between Bristol & Belfast.

I've also bought a 1 penny flight, but when all the taxes were added, it came to about £22.
 
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RE: Whats The Cheapest Ticket You've Ever Bought..

Wed Jan 05, 2005 2:58 am

Me and my friend (DC9) got a ticket between Arlanda and Gothenburg and back for free when GOODjet launched their domestic services

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RE: Whats The Cheapest Ticket You've Ever Bought..

Wed Jan 05, 2005 7:57 am

That would be €116,05 for a HAM-LHR return ticket on BA. I haven't travelled that much...
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RE: Whats The Cheapest Ticket You've Ever Bought..

Wed Jan 05, 2005 9:46 pm

£169 / $317 - LHR-TXL-LHR day return in BA Club Europe
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RE: Whats The Cheapest Ticket You've Ever Bought..

Wed Jan 05, 2005 9:50 pm

I purchased a 9.11 GBP ticket yesterday for REU-HHN all-in. Not my cheapest, but not bad at all. I could have flown STN-SNN for 5.99 all-in.
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RE: Whats The Cheapest Ticket You've Ever Bought..

Wed Jan 05, 2005 11:24 pm

£159.10

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