Flights To Holland - H E L P ! ! !
Last year KeeWee and I fley from Seattle to Amsterdam and back to participate in the European Steel Challenge Championships in Winterswijk, Holland. Europe is rather expensive, and particularly Amsterdam, and with the weak US Dollar, this year it's even worse. Last year we bought round trip flights for $611 each, but this year the same tickets are over $1,100 bucks each. To make it a bit more difficult, the only non-stop flights are on a KLM route operated by Delta. I don't want to run the risk of losing my suitcase and race guns with a plane change in a gun-unfriendly city or country, so I'm sticking to the non-stop flights.
I've been watching the regular on line travel sites like Travelocity, Orbitz, Kayak, and several others. I've also been checking flight consolidators, all with no good fares. They all are about the same. Interestingly enough, when I check the seating charts, the plane is nearly empty, with less than forty sold seats on an Airbus A-330. The dates I need to travel on are May 12th to Amsterdam, and may 18th or 19th returning.
Do any of you out there have any good ideas? Perhaps someone who works in the industry? I realize once the seats start filling up you better buy tickets or you won't be able to get seats, but so far it's not full. I don't want to wait until the very last minute and have it turn into five grand a ticket, for sure!
Labels: European Steel Challenge