As the title suggests, I am looking into the option of recurring roundtrip flights every weekend. Friday outbound, Sunday inbound. From Vienna to Paris and then back. To be with my family.
I found that AirFrance has the best deal (as can be seen from Google Flights) and it is a non-stop flight.
It cost around 130 euros. That is 520 euros per month, 4 weekends.
My question goes like this: is there a way to buy weekend-tickets in bulk for months ahead, or have a deal with the airline company to make some discount for a frequent customer like this? That is around 48 trips per year, 6240 euros. AirFrance does have a FlyingBlue loyalty program, but that does not seem to be worth it.
Alternatives for the above:
- Taking a bus is cheaper but I cannot stand 17 hours in a bus. Unless it is possible to do work on-board.
- From the same bus link above, going by train is a good option but cost the same as airline. Although by train one can be productive and get some work done at least.
- By car is a good option but it is time, energy and fuel consuming. Plus there is the risk of accidents on the road.
Distance is 1000 KM so I am looking for the optimal method: cheapest and consistent with no horrendous time spent. Preferably one that allows on-board working/reading if it is a lengthy duration. I would repeat this method each weekend.
If answers do not provide an optimal method then that is an indicator for me to tackle my problem differently.