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Jan 28th, 2004, 06:40 AM
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"Sticker Shock"

As we get more serious about trip to East Africa this year I about fell off my chair when I learned airline prices. We are in the process earlier than same time 2 years ago when we planned trip. Have things gotten that much more expensive in general? Or, has interest picked up that much that the good deals went much quicker? Sill going but wow!
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Jan 28th, 2004, 07:07 AM
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I was about to post the same thing.

I have been to TZ (JRO) every year for the past 5 years and have never paid over $1700.

But this year the cheapest I can find for August is $5000.

I may have to bite the bullet and go thru Nairobi, however unpleasant that is.

Anyone have any suggestions?

I have tried air consolidators and www.airbrokers.com but have gotten no response.

I guess this is the price you pay for KLM monopoly on this route.
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Jan 28th, 2004, 09:03 AM
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Maybe I should not complain about $1,800 or so to Tanzania in JuneJ!!
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Jan 28th, 2004, 10:36 AM
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There are less expensive fares out there. A friend of mine is leaving Sept. 9 from Boston to Amsterdam to Dar and departing Sept. 27 from Kili Airport back and got an airfare of $1330.00 on KLM. She tried several consolidators, but ended up getting the best price through a travel agent. The agent charged a $25 prep/booking fee, but it was worth it considering the savings on the airfare. I've found air from Boston to Kili and from Nairobi to Boston (both via Amsterdam) on KLM for $1400.00 for travel in October. Keep looking, keep looking, keep looking.
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Jan 28th, 2004, 04:19 PM
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How far do you live from Toronto?

Just bought our tickets today - Toronto/Amsterdam/Arusha/Amsterdam/Toronto - early March, 2004, Cdn.$1,750 with KLM pp.
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Jan 28th, 2004, 05:56 PM
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Central Pa. But, I think a lot of fares to Africa really increase for June and rest of summer. But, we will keep looking as is our agent. Got spoiled by great prices we had on trip in 2002.
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Jan 29th, 2004, 02:26 AM
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Our trip in 2002 we paid $1850.00 pp, flying out of Manchester, NH to Detroit to Amsterdam to Nairobi. Outbound we flew Dar to Amsterdam to Detroit to Manchester, so prices seem to be on par with the 2002 fares. Either way, its a big chunk of change!
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Jan 29th, 2004, 03:55 AM
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rsnyder - Checked for mid-July 7/14-7/28 and found BA fares from JFK/NBO/JFK (via LHR) at $1396 on Cheap Tickets; direct from BA at $1392.

For same period JFK/JRO/JFK (via AMS) and found KLM at $2174 on Cheap Tickets; direct from KLM at $2170.
And yes from Cheap Tickets the next fare up from the $2174, was $5825 combined Delta/KLM - now that last fare is ridiculous.

You might want to check the following consolidators that specialize in travel to Africa:

www.premiertours.com
www.2afrika.com

See if they can do better for you.
 
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Jan 29th, 2004, 05:10 AM
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Thanks Sandi -
I tried the cheap tickets website, and it came up substantially less than the KLM website (how do they do that?)

I live in Europe, so I am just looking for the AMS-JRO piece. Part of the problem is I must depart anytime from July 30 - Aug 4, and return Aug 13 or 14. I think that is high season.

Cheapest ticket for the AMS-JRO portion is still $1700 - but thats much better than $5000

Will try the other sites too.
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Jan 29th, 2004, 08:26 AM
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If you can travel from London, it is available for $1351 on Kenya Air.
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Jan 29th, 2004, 08:27 AM
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<hit Enter too soon> ...with a change of planes in Nairobi
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Jan 29th, 2004, 10:40 AM
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Ah, yes, love those FF miles!!! 160k from Delta is getting me JFK/JNB. Figure I saved at least $3k. The exchange rate is simply wild, so I do wish you good luck, and if you too have FF miles, this is the time.
 
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