[02/22/2019 @ 2:35 PM] Book this fare on: Priceline, BookingBuddy, Travelocity, Orbitz, CheapTickets, Expedia, Hotwire.
[02/25/2019 @ 2:08 PM] Fare gone. Removing from deal list.
[02/26/2019 @ 7:36 PM] Deal is back on.
Deals are usually valid 24 to 72 hours after posting, but can expire at any time (see time-stamp).
American and British Airways have round-trip flights from Austin (AUS) to Marseille (MRS) starting at $496 . Flights in October, November, December, and January. No Holidays. No minimum stay required. Flights may operate as a code-share on a Oneworld carrier.
Note: Fare allows for free carry-on bag, but a checked bag will cost +$60 each-way. Upgrades into “Regular Economy” are available for +$55 each-way. You can avoid paying a seat selection fee by accepting the randomly assigned seat at the gate.
- Example Dates: (Travelocity / BookingBuddy) Oct 22 – Oct 29 / Oct 23 – Oct 30 / Oct 29 – Nov 05 / Oct 30 – Nov 06 / Nov 05 – Nov 12 / Nov 06 – Nov 13 / Nov 12 – Nov 19 / Nov 13 – Nov 20 / Nov 19 – Nov 26 / Nov 20 – Nov 27 / Nov 26 – Dec 03 / Nov 27 – Dec 04 / Dec 03 – Dec 10 / Dec 04 – Dec 11 / Dec 10 – Dec 17 / Dec 11 – Dec 18 / Jan 07 – Jan 14 / Jan 08 – Jan 15 / Jan 14 – Jan 21 / Jan 15 – Jan 22 / / Other dates: There are more dates available than the ones we list here, experiment on your own.
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I was able to pull this fare up on Travelocity. Screenshot taken when this post was initially created. See timestamps at the top of this post.
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- Previous Lowest Price Average: $750-$800 for these.
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