I spent the last two days glued to the computer screen. Researching destinations, crawling through flight options, constantly discussing (and re-discussing) possible itineraries with Anna.
A few (for me) interesting observations:
Flights used to be quite a bit cheaper when bought through U.S. web sites. No more. The prices I see are identical (sometimes down to a Euro or two) no matter where if I look in the U.S. or here in Germany.
Hipmunk.com is the best site to find flights (but you can’t book directly) … followed closely by my old favourite kayak.com (or kayak.de if you are in Germany). Google’s ITA Matrix is excellent, but not as well visualised as hipmunk. Neither Expedia nor Opodo find the cheapest tickets on complicated itineraries.
Going to the airlines directly finds the same cheap flights as kayak does (that’s where they get them from). But without services like kayak or hipmunk, you’d never know how to manipulate the flight searches on their sites to find the lowest fares.
A few hours ago I booked our tickets to Kathmandu … and included a one night stop-over in Abu Dhabi. Not that it’s high on my list of places to visit, but the stop-over will only cost us about $150 (includes hotel, transport and ticket price surcharge). We figure it’s worth that to have a quick look and to break up the long flight to Nepal.
Almost 1:00am now … got to get some sleep.