Winging Around Europe Cheaply

With a discount carrier, that $800 fare can be $80

Not long ago, I needed to fly one-way from Brussels to Barcelona. "We don't have one-way fares," snapped a salesman for Belgium's national airline, Sabena. For the 75-minute flight, he proposed a $400 round-trip ticket that required a Saturday night stay. A midweek round-trip? $800. So I called Virgin Express, Richard Branson's discount carrier. One way? No problem. How much? $80--and no restrictions. That was more like it.

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