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Flying from Europe to study in US

Old Aug 4, 10, 4:30 am
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Flying from Europe to study in US

Hey guys and girls,

I'm based in GRZ (can also fly out of VIE) and will be studying in the US flying into SFO regularly. The problem is that it's very hard to get RT tickets because I'm not sure of the exact fly back dates and one-way tickets are way more expensive. I remember AC had their flight-pass program, flying from Europe to Western US, but it seems like they discontinued that route? Also, I'd probably do 3 RT per year. Flying over summer and winter breaks and probably one impromptu trip sometime during the year.

Was anyone in a similar situation? What would be the best solution?

Thank you.

Best,
t.
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Old Aug 4, 10, 7:33 am
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That is a bad situation you are in - one ways are expensive. And flexible tickets are expensive.
You could
- buy cheap return tickets, best guess return date and trow the return away and buy a new ticket when you need to change plans. Disadvantage: when you change plans the new ticket would be last minute and often very expensive.
- look for fares which can be changed for a fee. Disadvantage: if there is no space in your original booking class there is a problem.
- buy your first ticket with a return ticket for a future date where you are sure you will use it and then buy returns to europe from the US for your trips back home. But again: if these are last minute they could be expensive. Also be aware of the back to back ticketing problem, so don't book both trips on the same US airline
That is just what comes to mind. Sure there are more ideas.
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Old Aug 4, 10, 1:52 pm
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Depending on your age, you may be able to buy a special student ticket that allows you to leave the return date open or changeable for a minor fee. Try statravel.at
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