Last fall I received an e-mail from a friend about a one way flight from JFK to Europe and then to Tokyo for $150. It was hard to believe so I thought I’d check it out to see what the “catch” was as it seemed too good to be true! Turns out these flight glitches happen from time to time due to keying errors. You have to book quickly before the prices go back to full fare. I was of course wary that they would not honour the ticket but for that price, I thought I’d take my chances! We had to wait until the next morning before my husband could confirm dates that didn’t conflict with work obligations, so we ended up paying just over $300 including taxes and fees per ticket – still an amazing deal!
What was the catch? The travel dates were within a two month period and you had to search for the flights with specific countries that you had to hit (in this case JFK to Milan, Barcelona to Amsterdam and then to Tokyo). We of course had to get ourselves to JFK and then from Milan to Barcelona and then from Tokyo back home since the deal was a one-way flight. For us, this wasn’t an issue since I collect airline points and used my points to get us to JFK and then also back home from Tokyo. Also flights within Europe are pretty inexpensive so I decided to add another stop – Budapest which we’ve always wanted to visit and it was a short flight from Milan. That extra flight was an additional $139 each to get from Milan to Budapest (stayed there for one day and one night) and Budapest to Barcelona.
I’m sure it sounds like a crazy trip to bring Ella at 4yrs old but we had such a great experience with her on our last trip to Europe, we figured why not let her explore more of the world. Exposing her to different people and cultures would be a priceless experience we could provide her and why not since she is so curious and takes it all in!
On this trip, Ella took a real interest in languages which was really neat to witness. We taught her how to say hello and/or thank you in the different languages of the countries we visited and she had so much fun using her limited words with the locals! She is also pretty adventurous with food so we were able to try all the local fare in each of the countries without issue. Her favourite were the ramen noodles that we ate it 4 times!
I think Ella has caught the travel bug (like her parents) so I’ll be on the search for our next trip for the three of us to go on. Another friend told me about the Daily Trip Hack site which I’ve been keeping my eye on. If you hear of any other amazing deals please let me know!
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