17 April 2006


The Easter weekend in Germany is on one hand nice, because both Friday and Monday are holidays, but bad in that so much is closed the entire weekend.

So on Thursday, Jeannette asked me after work what we were going to do for our long weekend. I had no clue, so for fun I popped open my bookmarks of cheap european airlines (each in its own tab, of course) and checked out cheap last minute flights departing from Stuttgart to anywhere with:
1) Warm weather
2) Warm Weather
3) Warm weather

We chose Bologna, Italy as our destination after Jeannette determined that there were reasonably priced hotels. And the next morning, we were off. As soon as our plane crossed the border into Swiss airspace, the clouds disappeared and I knew it was going to be a great trip. The photo above is the view from the plane, looking down at the Alps. It is one of the many great things we experienced this weekend. More to come!


At Tuesday, 18 April, 2006 , Blogger Stan said...

Hi. My name is Stan, I'm an American living in Switzerland, and I have been trying to find good sites for cheap plane tickets around Europe. Could you tell me some of your favorites please? Thanks, -Stan

At Tuesday, 18 April, 2006 , Blogger Allan said...

Hi Stan! Here is a short list, probably not comprehensive. And depending on where in Switzerland you are, they may or may not be useful.

* German Wings. This is what we flew to Italy last weekend. No frills, no assigned seating.

* Ryan Air Also no-frills. I will have my first flight with them soon. They charge extra for checked luggage.

* Hapag-Lloyd Express. Haven't used them yet, but they seem like a viable possibility.

* Air Berlin. Haven't tried them yet. They seem to have the most connections from Switzerland (Zurich & Basel) of all of these.

* EasyJet. My wife says they are good.

* Niki. I just found out about them, so don't know much at all.

* British Airways often has a good deal.

* Lufthansa is my gauge to tell me if I am really getting a deal from the above airlines - the prices in some cases can be extremely variable.

I hope that helps! If not, here is a page with a zillion more, though I can't vouch for any of them.


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