Hello, I am hoping the collective wisdom here will generate a few ideas. We have some friends in Sweden who have saved up money and parental leave to come to the American Southwest for a month. (roughly mid-April to mid-May.)They are husband, wife, young daughter and under-two-year-old lap child. They're pretty intrepid travelers, but not candidates for tricked fares or things like that which would leave them vulnerable. So, their preferred departure airport is Stockholm, for ease with the children, though they're willing to hop a LCC to get elsewhere in Europe to embark. They are Hungarian (living and working in Sweden), and the best TATL fare they've found is from BUD, but they'd really rather not begin and end a month-long trip with that hop. The fare for all 4 (3 tickets plus a nominal lap child fare) BUD-LAX, according to them, is ~$2200. I am not experienced booking or looking for fares ex-C2, so is there a rock I should be turning to help them? They have no airline allegiances -- is there any benefit or bonus to a certain carrier or alliance that would, at least, get them something in return, if not a cheaper fare? They would like to book within the week, so any ideas are welcome. LAX is not mandatory -- we're just as close to SFO. Most any California airport is OK, and open jaw or two one-ways would work, too. Thanks!