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  • #40705
    john mckenna
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        Hi all. We are coming over in October for 6 months but want to return to the UK for Xmas. Any advice on best flights/ routes would be gratefully received.

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        #41103
        Del Boy
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            • Practcally Cretan
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            Which area in the UK do you want to go too

            #41400
            moggy1923
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                John, there are no direct flights from Crete to UK in Winter.  You have to go Athens or other mainland airports.

                Most winter flights go into London Heathrow, not sure if now the odd flight into Scotland, but it looks like you are in Wales.

                You have not stated if you have a preferrance to Chania or Heraklion.

                It is up to you whether you will use the same airline carrier to UK from Crete or 2 separate ones.

                There has been some threads here in the past about claiming back some of the tax at Athens, I have not done it.

                If you do use the same airline carrier from Crete to UK, My Advice

                at the check-in desk on Cretfe make sure your luggage is checked through to UK

                will save you having to pick-up in Athens and re-check it in – that you would have to do with separate carriers.

                I was once made mistake at Heraklion & although I realised 2 minutes later, once suitcases had been taken, I was told too late.

                The Heraklion flight was late taking off & had a big rush to pick up suitcase, get it onto UK flight, then had to run with hand-luggage for flight, made it by skin of teeth.

                Shame as do like to do some shopping at the shops in Athens airside, they have bigger selection than Heraklion in Winter, also saves carrying it for that part.

                The times have travelled in winter the flights from Heraklion were usually half empty, but suspect Christmas would be different.

                You may choose to have a big gap in the times of your flghts at Athens so then you can do some sight-seeing in Athens, say 8+hours.

                Think I normally had 2 hours between flights, so no time to leave airport – that suited me.

                #41621
                john mckenna
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                    Thanks both. Yes I would be heading for North Wales but I realise choice of UK destination will be limited. Any particular Airlines to be recommended from experience? is booking on line a practical proposition?

                    #41786
                    crete4ever
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                        http://www.airtickets.com/

                        Try this, gives both Agean and Olympic, used them many times, on line booking easy and you can get your tickets and boarding card printed off your computer.

                        They also e-mail you your reservation number and also to your mobile.

                        Good luck.

                        #41911
                        john mckenna
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                            Thanks. Will take a look

                            #42008
                            Olneyjohn
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                                Hello John – go to http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk.
                                If you selcect flight only you can see all the possibilities including via other european mainland airports.
                                Hope this helps

                                #42163
                                john mckenna
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                                    Thanks again Ros and Onleyjohn.

                                    #42229
                                    Olneyjohn
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                                        another way of saving in October is to take the last flights of the summer season and just book the one way – e.g Easyjet ex Luton £45 or even £30.99 on the 31st.
                                        Then use these savings for the return?!

                                        Same happens in reverse in Spring when the first flights out are returning empty.

                                        #42286
                                        john mckenna
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                                            Good thinking!!!

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