Best pricing for multi-city flights in ANY order?

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Walkure
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Best pricing for multi-city flights in ANY order?

Post by Walkure » Tue Nov 05, 2019 4:51 pm

Let's say, for a hypothetical example, I want depart New York and visit Paris, Vienna, and Rome over the course of 10 days. But here's the key, I don't care specific dates or in which order I see each city. So my itinerary could be NYC-PAR-VIE-ROM-NYC, but it could also be NYC-ROM-PAR-VIE-NYC, etc. Is there any site that allows me to plug in the desired cities and specify, say, a minimum of two nights between any flight leg, and then let it test all possible permutations to find the overall cheapest sequence?

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Re: Best pricing for multi-city flights in ANY order?

Post by gwe67 » Tue Nov 05, 2019 5:04 pm

The flights within Europe are so inexpensive that it doesn't matter. Consider taking the train instead. Travel time will be longer but no sitting around in airports and you get to see more scenery.
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Re: Best pricing for multi-city flights in ANY order?

Post by bob60014 » Tue Nov 05, 2019 5:34 pm

Agree with using the train but, if flights are what you want, use Google Flights. Be sure to select the multi city option.

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Post by Shallowpockets » Tue Nov 05, 2019 5:50 pm

Kayak has that feature. Multi city. Mix and match. Change dates, etc.

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Re: Best pricing for multi-city flights in ANY order?

Post by AerialP » Tue Nov 05, 2019 5:54 pm

Yes indeed, heavily weigh taking the superb rail in Europe. Investigate www.raileurope.com in advance - you may have to use placeholder dates to replicate the days of the week you anticipate, rather than the actual dates, if you are researching more than a couple of months into the future.
Stations are usually located in the heart of the cities, and/or with more than one station option, rather than arranging transportation to an airport on the city's edge. It is very calming to watch the scenery flow by outside your window up close instead of miles below you.

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Re: Best pricing for multi-city flights in ANY order?

Post by ustf » Tue Nov 05, 2019 6:16 pm

AerialP wrote:
Tue Nov 05, 2019 5:54 pm
Yes indeed, heavily weigh taking the superb rail in Europe. Investigate www.raileurope.com in advance - you may have to use placeholder dates to replicate the days of the week you anticipate, rather than the actual dates, if you are researching more than a couple of months into the future.
Stations are usually located in the heart of the cities, and/or with more than one station option, rather than arranging transportation to an airport on the city's edge. It is very calming to watch the scenery flow by outside your window up close instead of miles below you.
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If you take in the time and expense to get to these airports, train might cost less or about the same and the time might only be little bit longer, not to mention the scenery you can take in from the train.
I have found the website seat61.com to be very helpful in planning train travel around the world.

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Post by oxothuk » Tue Nov 05, 2019 6:40 pm

Rather than price out the whole sequence, try just pricing the flights to and from Europe as an “open jaw”. The connections within Europe will probably cost about the same regardless of the order.

These days it is often cheaper to fly in Europe than to take the train.

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Post by livesoft » Tue Nov 05, 2019 6:42 pm

One could also book a bed on the train and sleep one's way across Europe.
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Re: Best pricing for multi-city flights in ANY order?

Post by ivk5 » Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:30 pm

Train is an excellent way to travel between some city pairs but certainly not all. Examples where it works well: London-Brussels/Paris, or Paris-Brussels-Amsterdam, or Frankfurt-Zurich, or Zurich-Milan (quite scenic trip through the alps, even with the best part now replaced by Gotthard Basis Tunnel).

For Paris, Rome, and Vienna, flying is faster, and probably not more expensive esp if OP is a little flexible. These cities are not well connected by train service unless a long train trip is a desired experience in its own right (for many it is not).

Good advice above to just price options for Transatlantic travel and deal with intra-Europe separately.

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