Flying Europe on the cheap

The Baltimore Sun

I'd like to travel from Venice, Italy, to Frankfurt, Germany, and then to Amsterdam, the Netherlands. How can I find a low-fare airline on the Internet?

Two sites that have listings of low-fare airlines flying throughout Europe are Whichbudget.com and Attitude travel.com. Popular carriers include Ryanair, Flybe, easyJet and LTU - although they might not fly to your destinations.

In fact, although we found a 50-euro fare on Ryanair from Venice to Frankfurt's Hahn Airport, we weren't able to locate a low-fare airline that flies from Frankfurt to Amsterdam. However, we found fares for less than $200 on KLM and SAS on Expedia.

Remember, although low-fare carriers offer rock-bottom prices, they often charge hefty fees for checked baggage, overweight or oversize baggage and handling fees for using a credit card.

My husband and I would like to rent a beach house in California. How can I find an affordable place?

One good spot to start: Homeaway .com, which corrals all the inventory on similar house-rental sites it owns, such as Cyberrentals.com, Vacationrentals .com and A1vacations.com. The company, based in Austin, Texas, claims to list almost 100,000 properties in more than 90 countries.

Eileen Buesing, a spokeswoman for Homeaway, did a search of homes in Los Angeles County located on or near the beach and said you can expect to pay about $1,800 for a one-week rental of a two-bedroom house this summer. Prices vary depending on the property, number of bedrooms and distance to the beach.

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