What are you favorite websites/travel agents/tricks for getting reasonably priced airfare to continental Europe?
The wife and I are contemplating heading to Spain and Southern France this summer for 5 weeks, but we're getting turned off by the ticket prices. So far, $1200/person is looking like the common low fare Portland or Seattle to Madrid or Barcelona. We've found some as low as $1000 with fees, but that's still a little steep (I'm a student and my wife is quitting her job to go back to school in the fall).
Are these decent prices or should we keep looking? Suggestions? Cheaper airports in Europe? Any help or advice is appreciated.
Should we just suck it up and pay off the credit card later? As a friend says: "one never regrets one's extravagances."