Q. I'm a little disappointed that I have not seen any good fares from Orlando to Paris yet. Is it because there are no good deals to Paris or have I not signed up correctly to receive notice of airfare bargains to Charles de Gaulle or Orly.

A. Not only is Paris one of the most expensive destinations in Europe, but because Florida is such a popular vacation destination for Europeans, cheap flights in the reverse direction are very hard to come by.

As you may have noticed in recent Orlando newsletters, the two cheapest European destinations have been Cologne ($800 in August before the fare went up slightly) and Frankfurt ($644 in September). This represents savings of about $450 and $300, respectively, over fares to Paris and that makes them much better deals on a relative basis, especially since you can probably fly the last 300 miles to Paris from either city for under $100 on a low cost airline.

Be sure to sign up for our International Arrival City alert for Paris. In contrast to the route-specific Orlando-Paris alert (which, as you already know, is rarely if ever activated), this alternative service will occasionally inform you about the best fares we find to Paris from any U.S. airport. You can then consider arranging your own connection to take advantage of any of these deals and often still come out ahead.

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