TravelBuzz - Intra-Europe Biz Class: Cheaper to Buy in Europe?
May 2, 05, 10:16 pm
I've been told that it may be cheaper to buy an intra-Europe biz class fare while in Europe vs. buying from USA. Is this true? Also, other than buying online via Expedia or Travelocity or AirGorilla, are there other sites that I should be looking at?
sorry, can't help with your question but feel compelled to say that intra-Europe C is not worth it, especially if you already have lounge access (say *G or OW Sapphire) because 1) it is practically the same as Y, 2) the flights are so short, it's really not worth it.
May 2, 05, 10:29 pm
Intra-europe business class doesnt offer much over economy. Maybe a blocked seat next to you (but not guaranteed), maybe a slightly better meal & drinks, lounge access if you didnt already have it care of status. If you search on airlines you're interested in there are plenty of threads on this.
Having said that I do sometimes fly business class intra-europe. But these are almost always add-ons to long haul that can be very cost efficient, or as part of a RTW.
May 2, 05, 11:07 pm
On my limited experience on LH & SK, that Biz & Econ class use the same seat. They just block off the middle seat in Biz.
May 2, 05, 11:12 pm
You can purchase tickets on line from most European Carriers. You will be paying in local currency so be aware of your credit card company fees. Europe has some of the cheapest airfares anywhere. Go to www.ryanair.com or www.easyjet.com. Be aware that both of these carriers severely limit the amount and weight of both carry on and checked baggage.
There are some German discount carriers also but I mostly avoid traveling in Germany.
Most low-cost european carriers follow the 1+1 rule on baggage (one check in, one carry on).
In the UK there's also www.flybe.com and a few others - they do not show up on booking engines such as ITA, also the general rule is if you book earlier/have flexible schedules its terribly cheap (most of the costs come from taxes).