Originally Posted by ferco
Trying to get from Paris--> Rome in April for about 10 days. Estimates so far from AAA on Delta are about 6 k for 2. Even with using SkyMiles (because we aren't flying home out of Paris but out of Rome) , Delta is charging more.
I have 146,000 skymiles which will barely cover one of the airfares.
Any other April European suggestions ?
Any experiences on how to cut the costs or any bargains out there ?
My wife and I have been doing quite a bit of European travel lately, with Venice as our "base of operations". I think some folks already suggested looking into the "no frills" airlines like RyanAir, EasyJet, Vueling (I've used all three of them before)...just be prepared to pay for any "extras" like luggage, seat selection, etc. We are flying from Rome to Paris in May (4 people one-way) and the total on EasyJet was less than $300 for all 4 with luggage...so there are deals out there.
We have done AirBnB when we stayed in Paris. AirBnB stays are normally more economical...but some folks are not as comfortable with that. To each his own.
With regards to other places to visit in April, have you thought about Istanbul or Athens? There are cheap flights from Rome to both locations using the low budget airlines. Although if you only have 10 days for both Paris and Rome, then you would probably need to limit your other destinations within Italy or Paris' surrounding areas. My wife and I like Florence/Firenze and you can take a train from Rome to Firenze using TrenItalia
...or you can head out to Venice (would take half a day to travel via train or you can fly to Venice's Marco Polo or Venice Treviso if flying with RyanAir.