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International Flight - Zürich - Montreal

Hello,

I'm on internship to Switzerland for one year beginning last May and my boyfriend is planning to come and visit me this Christmas.

I'm curious to know if anyone has any tips on when the best time is to buy cheap international flights (especially around the busy Christmas season)? Does Swiss offer annual sales? Can you recommend any search engines or carriers? Also what should I consider a good deal?

Thanks for any help!
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Re: International Flight - Zürich - Montreal

There haven't been a great number of good deals of late on airfare.

In the past, I flew on Christmas Day and got a good deal on a flight, but I had to book it a bit early. Thanksgiving would also be a good time to fly TO Europe.
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Re: International Flight - Zürich - Montreal

I am not aware of cheap flights anytime around Xmas, NEVER ...as its the best time for airlines, and the flights will always be in demand on these days. The best way for 'specials' would be that you ask a local travel agency by you for any deals, or to watch for any deals in newspapers etc as Xmas is not cheap, and neither is the flights.maybe visit another time when its not peak season? I would say the longer you wait to book a ticket around Xmas, the least likely you are to get a ticket in anyway...but Good Luck anyway, I do hope that you will find a special from your local travel agent.
Otherwise, see on the normal websites for Swiss airlines and your other normal carriers etc
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Re: International Flight - Zürich - Montreal

What we usually do is check out cheaptickets.com airfare.com
kayak.com
we find the best deal, go directly to the airlines website and most of the time its a bit cheaper. Also its been known that Tuesday nights are the best time to book online for low fares.
Travel agencies are pretty expenisive.
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Re: International Flight - Zürich - Montreal

My specialist subject, starting for ten:

Bookings: Generally if you can book between 3month and 3weeks before travel time you will get the best deals. However, the exception to this is (in Europe) is Xmas. For Xmas, you should book as early as possible.

At Christmas time europe has a number of interesting habits, for example, flights to Ireland, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand are packed. This is because of the migrant workers all going home on top of the usual holiday traffic. This will impact airlines in different ways, for example, Quantas, Air NZ, SAA, Singapore Air and a many others will be absolutely chocker. Flights will be quieter (ergo cheaper) on airlines that don't have southern hemisphere destinations.

A way of booking that can circumnavigate the problems is the multi-leg or out-of-hub routing. For example.

Montreal - Paris - Zurich or Montreal - Rome - Zurich or the best of the lot, Montreal - NY - Zurich.

the reason for sticking an extra leg in is that teh airline can put you on a quieter route and charge far less. For example, few people will be travelling NY to Zurich to Singapore to Australia but Singapore will still have a whole 747 for the journey (or two). The NY - Zurich leg will be empty when compared to the ZH - Singapore - Sydney leg. Therefore they will be keen to fill the plane on this part of the route (that is because Singapore Airlines has a direct NY-SG flight as well as a NY-LA-SG route).

Singapore, in this example is also operating 'out-of-area' meaning it is poaching business from the more usual hub operators (United / American Airlines) or route operator (Swiss). Therefore deals should exist.

In addition, when using an out-of-area airline they will not only give you a cheaper flight they short haul leg (to get you from Montreal to NY for example) will be essentially free.

I used to fly LH from FRA to SEL (Seoul) for 7,500 EUR. But if I flew FRA to LDN to SEL it was 3,250 EUR with SG. Half price! (so switched).

The savings in C/D class are more evident than economy but its all there. Another thing to look at is business class (note there is one seating class, but several prices so book earlier) over economy. A friend flew return to Sydney from Zurich last Christmas return for 2.500 EUR business class compared with 1,800 economy. Its more bucks but not that many for a big quality change.

A friend flew to australia
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Re: International Flight - Zürich - Montreal

http://flights.trailfinders.com/best...&class=Economy

try these, had a few cheap flights in my time with them
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Re: International Flight - Zürich - Montreal

http://flights.trailfinders.com/best...&class=Economy

try these, had a few cheap flights in my time with them
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Re: International Flight - Zürich - Montreal

http://flights.trailfinders.com/best...&class=Economy

try these, had a few cheap flights in my time with them
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Re: International Flight - Zürich - Montreal

The best prices are from Canada actually so if possible a one way from ZH may be worth looking into.
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The best prices are from Canada actually so if possible a one way from ZH may be worth looking into.
Considering the OP wanted to fly three years ago and was last online in December 2008, there is a good chance he/she may have bought the ticket already....
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