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bapilot2b
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Cheaperst Airline Fare You Have Ever Payed

Mon Jun 10, 2002 10:05 pm

Hey Guys,

Just a small question......what is the cheapest you have had to PAY for a flight somewhere?? The price you give me can be with all the tax on or without, or even both! Give me airlines, and the price, along with aircraft type if you can.

For me this has got to go to Ryanair, me and BA747-436 have a flight to Brussels with them for 35p!!! each way! thats 70P return each! This is a 732 to get there and a possible 738 back!

I look forward to reading your replys!

Yours Sincerely,
Jason Nicholls
 
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RE: Cheaperst Airline Fare You Have Ever Payed

Mon Jun 10, 2002 10:08 pm

FR to BRU in July for 10 pounds return.Also,FR to PIK for 11 pounds or so return.Both before tax
 
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RE: Cheaperst Airline Fare You Have Ever Payed

Mon Jun 10, 2002 10:12 pm

ORY to GVA and return on Easyjet for 25 Euro (US$ 22) (excl. tax) on August 13 this year.

 
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RE: Cheaperst Airline Fare You Have Ever Payed

Mon Jun 10, 2002 10:19 pm

Ryanair flight FR815 Edinburgh-Dublin for only 0,01p (than add about 9 pound of airport taxes)

 
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RE: Cheaperst Airline Fare You Have Ever Payed

Mon Jun 10, 2002 10:22 pm

I have a feeling this will feature about 3 airlines in this discussion.

I paid £1.50 return fare to Nimes in France from STN last october.

I once got a £24 return fare on BA from LHR to NCL which was cool. There were 11 people on the 757! Hardly worth it...

 
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RE: Cheaperst Airline Fare You Have Ever Payed

Mon Jun 10, 2002 10:25 pm

Ryanair, London-Salzburg, round-trip:

0.00

That's right; Ryanair didn't get any money from me. It was one of their free flights offers (more to come, apparently....).

Then with BA, London-Madrid; again, a totally free flight, excluding taxes. This was a special offer; buy 1 BA longhaul ticket in Economy, get a free roundtrip European flight....even Tel Aviv was considered to be "Europe", for these purposes.

Regards
 
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RE: Cheaperst Airline Fare You Have Ever Payed

Mon Jun 10, 2002 10:27 pm

I have done EMA-Malaga with BMI Baby for £0.00, very nice flight and would love to go again with them!
 
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RE: Cheaperst Airline Fare You Have Ever Payed

Mon Jun 10, 2002 10:27 pm

Ryanair Hahn-Bournemouth-Hahn. 0.01€ for HHN-BOH, 0.41€ for BOH-HHN, that's 0.42€ for the return flight, taxes and booking fee not included. I didn't really want to visit Bournemouth, but it was so cheap, I couldn't resist  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
 
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RE: Cheaperst Airline Fare You Have Ever Payed

Mon Jun 10, 2002 10:31 pm

Easyjey- LTN-AMS for 32 pounds return plus taxes, great bargain i'd say.

LGW-DTW on NW for only 164 pounds return tax included in the middle of april, another smashing bargain flight. Big grin

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RE: Cheaperst Airline Fare You Have Ever Payed

Mon Jun 10, 2002 10:35 pm

Ndebele,

What's this "booking fee"? I have never paid such a fee with Ryanair?!  Confused
 
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RE: Cheaperst Airline Fare You Have Ever Payed

Mon Jun 10, 2002 10:37 pm

$5.00

But that was just for the paper my company Non-Rev ticket was written on.
 
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RE: Cheaperst Airline Fare You Have Ever Payed

Mon Jun 10, 2002 10:37 pm

USD 5 for GMP-PUS on KE (ok, was an ID90 tkt  Smile/happy/getting dizzy )

Regular Air Fares within Malaysia, Thailand, Korea etc. are very cheap!

A KUL-KUA costs around USD 35
 
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RE: Cheaperst Airline Fare You Have Ever Payed

Mon Jun 10, 2002 10:38 pm

The cheapest fare I have ever booked is a $78 (including tax) round-trip flight on United from Columbus, OH to Norfolk, VA last year.
 
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RE: Cheaperst Airline Fare You Have Ever Payed

Mon Jun 10, 2002 10:55 pm

In 1970, I flew military standby on Delta from Kennedy Airport to New Orleans for less than $10. I can't remember the exact amount...it's been too many years. Also noteworthy about that 707 flight - I was one of three passengers.
 
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RE: Cheaperst Airline Fare You Have Ever Payed

Mon Jun 10, 2002 11:05 pm

Back around 1988 or so, Eastern airlines offered round trip tickets to from BOS-LGA for $6.00. Some friends and I took advantage of that and spent a day and evening in NYC.
 
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RE: Cheaperst Airline Fare You Have Ever Payed

Mon Jun 10, 2002 11:10 pm

Last year when Southwest was having their $30.00 anniversary specials, I paid $68.50 round trip including taxes AUS-DAL.

Fares were lower back in 1978, and I remember flying DAL-SAT roundtrip on Southwest for $36.00. (Boy I miss those days.)

I just "paid" AA $10.00 for a roundtrip AUS-DFW-SFO-DFW-AUS next month. I'm using miles, but still had to pay the cecurity fee.

Once, though, when I was in college, Texas International was havng a big promotion celebrating new service from DFW to OKC, TUL and STL. It was October 1, 1979.

On the first day of the new service, if you showed up at the airport with $59.00 worth of coupons they'd let you on the plane. By coupons, I mean any kind of coupons, grocery store, whatever. The coupons could be expired even.

At our dorm at the front desk they had a whole bunch of coupons buy a Big Mac, get one free, so each coupon saved you $1.19 (price of a Big Mac back then.)

The McDonald's offer ended September 30, 1979, so the coupos were no good any more anyway, so two friends I took them all and drove out to DFW and flew to St. Louis, spent the night with a friend who'd gone school with us the year before, and flew back the next day, arriving back in time for my afternoon Spanish class.

It was amusing 'cause some friends asked why they hadn't seen me at dinner the night before. I just looked at them and said very casually, "Oh. I flew to St. Louis for dinner last night" like it was something I did all the time.  Smile

LoneStarike

 
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RE: Cheaperst Airline Fare You Have Ever Payed

Mon Jun 10, 2002 11:13 pm

$38 round trip LAX-PHX, circa 1986. It was with Western Airlines using a 727-200. We flew there and had lunch and then flew back the same day. Have also had a three day two night stay in the Rio Suites in LAS, plus round trip airfare from LAX on a America West Airlines vacation package for $89 a person. Those were the days when they handed out the Wall Street Journal on America West flights. I guess I'm dating myself now.......

RJ
 
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RE: Cheaperst Airline Fare You Have Ever Payed

Mon Jun 10, 2002 11:15 pm

Go, Belfast International-London Stansted return.
Grand total, including taxes and charges of £25.40

Not bad!
 
airsicknessbag
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RE: Cheaperst Airline Fare You Have Ever Payed

Mon Jun 10, 2002 11:26 pm

Malta-Gozo, Mil 8, one way walk up fare of 5 Maltese Pound including tax (~ 13 EUR). It was a normal student fare, always available, no promotion or anything.

Flight time was 15 minutes.

Great flight, my first and so far only in a Russian built a/c.

Daniel Smile
 
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RE: Cheaperst Airline Fare You Have Ever Payed

Mon Jun 10, 2002 11:29 pm

I recall a time in either 1996 or 1997 when a few airlines were trying to match Southwest's $50-roundtrip sale. I think WN had this to promote their 25th anniversary, or something like that. Maybe is was the 25th anniversary of Monday Night Football....who knows?

But, I got a roundtrip on Continental from Houton to Lubbock for $50.
That was a great fare for what turned out to be a great trip!

The aircraft were those lovely DC-9-30's CO used to fly.


 
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RE: Cheaperst Airline Fare You Have Ever Payed

Tue Jun 11, 2002 1:23 am

1997, EWR-BRU $200 roundtrip on CityBird in early December, on MD-11

2000, JFK-FLL, $99 rtrp on jetBlue, September, A320

1998 or 99 LGA-YYZ, $110 roundtrip, early september. Air Canada, 737. I believe this was shortly after the Air Canada pilots strike when they were trying to lure pax back. We almost went JFK-YVR for $144, but we only had a weekend so we felt a shorter trip was more in order.



 
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RE: Cheaperst Airline Fare You Have Ever Payed

Tue Jun 11, 2002 1:24 am

Like L.S. Mike, I've remember paying a pittance - by today's standards - for transporation between Houston and San Antonio...$38 RT on SW and CO. The fare in the very early 80s was a paltry $15 each way...on a Continental DC10.

While Southwest pretty much taught Ryanair how to print money, Southwest could really learn a thing or two from Ryanair today. Southwest really ought to consider a few carefully defined, "spur-of-the-moment promotions," to fill empty seats.
 
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RE: Cheaperst Airline Fare You Have Ever Payed

Tue Jun 11, 2002 1:31 am

September/October 1996, Dallas/Fort Worth, TX USA to Tel Aviv, ISRAEL via London Gatwick, UK $950.00 by a travel agent, British Airways selected by me.

baec
 
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RE: Cheaperst Airline Fare You Have Ever Payed

Tue Jun 11, 2002 1:34 am

I paid about 1200 French francs (back in the day - 1999) which is less than 200E, for a CDG-FRA-IAD-ATL and ATL-FRA-CDG roundtrip. That's including taxes, and it was not a student ticket or anything.
 
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RE: Cheapest Airline Fare You Have Ever Payed

Tue Jun 11, 2002 2:11 am

Capt.Picard:
Whenever I booked a Ryanair flight online, I always had to pay a booking fee, 5€. The booking fee was always 5€, no matter how many people are flying, no matter if one-way or return, it's always 5€. Maybe you don't have to pay that fee when booking by telephone, or maybe you don't have to pay it when living in the UK and paying with GBP, ... I don't know why you didn't have to pay that fee, but there is a trip report from my SNN trip in the trip_report forum, where I also posted my full "payment details" of that trip, including those 5€ booking fee.


Airsicknessbag:
Interesting to hear that you were lucky enough to take the helicopter to Gozo. I visited Malta when I was 15, it was a two-week language course. We were not allowed to travel around on our own, so the only chance to visit Gozo was the guided tour, from Sliema by ferry to Comino and later to Gozo, and the return by ferry and bus. How poor, I would have really liked to take the Mil-8 instead  Smile/happy/getting dizzy especially now that you tell me how cheap those tickets are!
 
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RE: Cheaperst Airline Fare You Have Ever Payed

Tue Jun 11, 2002 2:24 am

I did the bus-ferry-bus combination on the return. Stupid me, the ferry tickets are always return tickets, and they´re sold on the Gozo-Malta leg while Malta-Gozo is for free. That explains why I was one of only two pax in the heli on the MLA-GZM flight, while for GZM it was full (I counted the people who were boarding) - interesting side note: on that very flight they didn´t load any baggage, I talked to the heliport staff about that, and they said the a/c would return empty and then fly the bags to MLA. It was just to hot that day for 23 pax plus bags.

Daniel Smile

P.S.: Made me a little queasy to hear one of those helicopters had crashed during an assignment to the Maldives, shortly before my trip.
 
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RE: Cheaperst Airline Fare You Have Ever Payed

Tue Jun 11, 2002 2:26 am

Ndebele,

I think the fee is levied for those using credit cards; since in the UK, we also have "Switch", which is a debit card (i.e. the amount is immediately deducted from your bank account), I have always used this when paying for any flights online.

I see that Ryanair, Easyjet and Go charge a 3 pounds fee for those who pay with credit cards--so I guess this is what you have been paying.

Regards
 
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RE: Cheaperst Airline Fare You Have Ever Payed

Tue Jun 11, 2002 2:52 am

2000, Brescia-London London-Brescia (VBS-STN STN-VBS) for free with Ryanair.

WHen I say 0, I mean 0, taxes included.

I won that trip in my favourite Irish pub.

 
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RE: Cheaperst Airline Fare You Have Ever Payed

Tue Jun 11, 2002 2:56 am

US airways:

DCA-BDL $150 round trip
 
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RE: Cheaperst Airline Fare You Have Ever Payed

Tue Jun 11, 2002 2:58 am

ex tax I payed £0.02 each way LGW-DUB-LGW!!!!!!

LGW
 
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RE: Cheaperst Airline Fare You Have Ever Payed

Tue Jun 11, 2002 3:01 am

December 2001, AirTran, MCO-ATL $75.00 (round-trip).
 
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RE: Cheaperst Airline Fare You Have Ever Payed

Tue Jun 11, 2002 3:03 am

Are Ryanair Irish or British for legal purposes?
 
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RE: Cheaperst Airline Fare You Have Ever Payed

Tue Jun 11, 2002 3:13 am

I don't believe any of these 50 cent trips, no offense anyone. I payed $49 once the night before for a Sun Country Airlines 727 flight from MSP to JFK.

Continental
 
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RE: Cheaperst Airline Fare You Have Ever Payed

Tue Jun 11, 2002 3:38 am

I don't count the security fee as paymenty to the airline as it is a direct goverment tax. According to AA the gov't wants to raise it to 5 dollares per segment. In anycase... the cheapest i payes was $75 not including taxes and fees on American Eagle from JFK-SYR. With taxes and fees it came to $110. Not a bad price as a Greyhound cost $80. I would rather pay a bit more to fly.
 
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RE: Cheaperst Airline Fare You Have Ever Payed

Tue Jun 11, 2002 3:53 am

Dallas-Midland/Odessa for $30 on WN (including tax).
 
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RE: Cheaperst Airline Fare You Have Ever Payed

Tue Jun 11, 2002 4:21 am

This past Feb. I paid $98.00 for a MCO-FLL roundtrip flight on a Comair EMB-120 Brasilia. This included taxes and everything .
Great flight and trip overall I must say.

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Chepos
 
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RE: Cheaperst Airline Fare You Have Ever Payed

Tue Jun 11, 2002 4:26 am

Swissair, Zurich - Lisbon and back, MINUS 25 dollars.

I called the Swissair sales office in Copenhagen a few years back to see what they could offer for a flight Copenhagen - Lisbon and back - with stopover at Zurich. 375 dollars.

I said, "then why do I always pay 400 dollars for a return flight to Zurich alone?"

Because that's our cheapest flight to Zurich.

Does that mean that next time I fly to Zurich, then I buy a ticket to Lisbon, and throw away half of the coupons, and save 25 dollars?

Yes!

So I chose Swissair.

The funny thing is that on the Zurich - Lisbon sector I was put on codeshared TAP flights. TAP was one on the companies which I excluded for being too expensive. Now I paid MINUS 25 dollars for flying with them.
 
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RE: Cheaperst Airline Fare You Have Ever Payed

Tue Jun 11, 2002 4:30 am

$1.00 for teravel half-way around the world! Air France/Delta for HNL-CDG!

Great deal! Turned out to be a computer error, but they granted all tickets at that price!

Aq737
 
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RE: Cheaperst Airline Fare You Have Ever Payed

Tue Jun 11, 2002 4:32 am

Cheapest overall: $21, EWR to PIT on PeoplExpress (for all of those out there who remember them). Service was Spartan but certainly not bad; anyway, they always got you there safely:

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Cheapest transatlantic: $350 roundtrip JFK - LGW on Air Florida (DC-10). This was also one of my best flights ever, as the airline certainly didn't economize on quality of service!

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RE: Cheaperst Airline Fare You Have Ever Payed

Tue Jun 11, 2002 5:15 am

Ok this is going back when I was about 8 or 10 years old (1991-1993) old but Continental had a special promotion for certain flights. It was dubbed "FLY FOR PEANUTS". My mom purchased the discounted coach fare and then a companion would fly for what they considered peanuts. The fare was a penny thats right a whole cent!!! Obviously the routes were short. The routes we utilized this on was EWR to BUF/ROC as we went up there 4 or 5 times a year. I am not sure what the other routes where were this fare was offered.

Back in January I purchased a $79.00 special internet fare on WN from SAN-PHX same day travel.

Yesterday I booked a flight from LGA-BUF 115.00 on USAIRWAYS. After CO ended that special, fares from the NYC-BUF/ROC market went through the roof. You were lucky to get it for $225.00. But however with B6 the fares have signifinently dropped. But that $.01 fare was the best out there.
 
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RE: Cheaperst Airline Fare You Have Ever Payed

Tue Jun 11, 2002 7:26 am

some interesting stories here, keep them coming, this is a great read Big grin
 
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RE: Cheaperst Airline Fare You Have Ever Payed

Tue Jun 11, 2002 7:32 am

$190 JFK-BRU on Biman Bangladesh.
 
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RE: Cheaperst Airline Fare You Have Ever Payed

Tue Jun 11, 2002 7:38 am

RDULAS -- 149.00 roundtrip - American Airlines
RDUFLL -- 49.00 oneway - Midway Airlines
 
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RE: Cheaperst Airline Fare You Have Ever Payed

Tue Jun 11, 2002 7:42 am

I don't believe any of these 50 cent trips, no offense anyone
I don't believe US Airways get people to pay 15 cent/SM yields but they do!Ryanair are CHEAP.Not just comparitively cheap but down right cheap!They just announced 111millon pound profit and yet their average fare is 34pounds one way(about $50!)
 
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Tue Jun 11, 2002 7:48 am


$120 Roundtrip PVD-BWI on Metrojet (Us Airways)

-GD727
 
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RE: Cheaperst Airline Fare You Have Ever Payed

Tue Jun 11, 2002 7:59 am

$67.00 SJC-LAX on SW 737-300 (big surprise)
Got a great deal a couple years ago on SJC-IAD-RDU-IAD-RDU
about $200 round trip and I got to fly
A320
J41
CRJ-200
A319... fun stuff!
 
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RE: Cheaperst Airline Fare You Have Ever Payed

Tue Jun 11, 2002 8:07 am

Donder10,

In fact, Ryanair's average price dropped from £34 to £32 and they expect to lower this further.

Jeremiah
 
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RE: Cheaperst Airline Fare You Have Ever Payed

Tue Jun 11, 2002 8:51 am

Seems the low cost airlines are posting most profit: Southwest, Ryanair, etc.

Continental
 
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RE: Cheaperst Airline Fare You Have Ever Payed

Tue Jun 11, 2002 9:44 am

I forgot to mention another really low airfare on my post above. MCO-MEM-BHM-MEM-MCO on Northwest in April 2001. $110.00 round-trip. Equipment included 752, AvroRJ, DC9, A320.
 
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RE: Cheapest Airline Fare You Have Ever Payed

Tue Jun 11, 2002 9:59 am

My wife once flew from DAL to IWS (West Houston) on a very short-lived airline named "Air West," for free.

It was their first day of service (around December of, I think, 1985), and they were calling up people who had expressed interest in the airline and offering them free passage so they'd have plenty of pax emplaning and deplaning for the TV Cameras.

They had two Dash-7s, and were doomed when they had to spend their advertising budget for two rebuilt turbines, prior to expectations.

It was really an interesting idea- they intended to capitalize on proximity of IWS to close-by oil patch comapnies in the west Houston (Eldridge Rd./Memorial) area.

But we'll never know, will we? THey only lasted a scant few months- it may have been weeks!

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