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Usually FW posters ask for the OP's results BEFORE even considering giving advice. Since there's few/none transatlantic flights from JAX, OP may try MIA, MCO or better yet FLL for the gateway (more extra spending to consider...).
Ryanair is the one who taught Spirit over here how to "nickel and dime" extensively... IOW, those $5, knowing the OP will enter EU with both checked and carryon luggage (both of which they charge plenty for) will turn in at least $50-75 all-in. Oh, and remember that EU's ultra-low fare airlines tend to (not always) fly into smaller and farther away airports, which tend to be cheaper for them to use, within each area (they may say they fly to a certain city, but the airport might be a 1 HOUR OR MORE car trip away and may be difficult to impossible for further connections), so take that into consideration when pricing. In those circumstances an extra train ticket from city to city may become a time-consuming, but cheaper option.
You could also try if there's any VIABLE OPTION through one of Northern Europe (WOW, Norwegian...) discounters.
billetera said: ~~IOW, those $5, knowing the OP will enter EU with both checked and carryon luggage (both of which they charge plenty for) will turn in at least $50-75 all-in.
Maybe this used to be true, but there have not been fees for carry-on luggage for a few years, and I usually check a bag when my family travels. It costs 25 Euros to check a bag weighing 15kg or less. So if OP gets a 5 Euro ticket, and checks a 30 pound bag, total price is 30 Euros ($33).
As for the location of airports, Ryanair also goes to many of the major airports, in many of Europe's biggest cities.
"... It costs 25 Euros to check a bag weighing 15kg or less..."
It seems the poster above clarified it... 25E ($27.50 or so) for 33 pounds of checked luggage. Airlines in transatlantic flights in Economy Class tend to give a free 50 pound checked luggage allowance. Add to that most transatlantic travelers (except for business ones and the leisure ones who've only spare just a few days into Europe instead of the usual 10 day-2 weeks) would need at least the 50 pounds checked if not the 2nd bag and you have a substantial overage fee even if there are no carry on luggage fees.
For the OP and those in similar situation to figure out those fees with the airline beforehand and consider them as a "shopping variable"...
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