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Dec 6th, 2012, 01:00 PM
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Advice wanted on how to plan a multi city trip

Can someone give me advice on the easiest (and cheapest) way to do this...

I'll be leaving August 30th for a multi city trip. Hotwire only allows me to enter two cities (and tells me the cheapest price is way more than what I know it'll cost for the entire trip)

The dates aren't set but the cities are. I have to be in Indianapolis, IN over Labor Day Weekend for an event, the rest is negotiable. Here's a general idea of my trip:

Seattle, WA ------ > Indianapolis, IN
Arriving August 30
Departing September 3

Indianapolis, IN ------> New York City
Arriving September 3
Departing September 7

New York City -------> Philadelphia, PA (via train, no flights involved)
Arriving September 7
Departing September 11

Philadelphia, PA -------> Washington DC or Baltimore, which ever is cheaper to travel to and stay in. We'll be seeing both cities so doesn't matter where we stay. (via train, no flight involved)
Arriving September 11
Departing September 15

Washington DC/Baltimore --------> Seattle, WA
Arriving September 15
Home so no flight out

Furthermore, when should I book all of this so I can get the best deals while still ensuring I can get a seat and a hotel in all of these places?

One last thing... Does anyone know where I can buy tickets for the train from NYC ----> Philly and Philly -----> DC/Balt? Is it just an Amtrak or is there another train that connects the cities which may be cheaper?
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Dec 6th, 2012, 01:58 PM
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Try entering your flights/dates on ITA and see what results you get. Use the multi-city function and you after you enter your first two flights, click to add a flight. If you want to search a particular airline/alliance, use the advanced routing codes tab (enter this way: / alliance skyteam ).

http://matrix.itasoftware.com/
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Dec 6th, 2012, 05:56 PM
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My advice: Click on your own screen name and find your previous thread. Continue there. And notify the moderator to delete this thread.
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Dec 6th, 2012, 06:59 PM
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Shortly before midnight on Tuesday Sept. 3 the Amtrak Cardinal #50 will be leaving Indianapolis through West Virginia to Washington DC. It arrives in Washington about 6 PM Eastern the next day. The fare is less than $100 which may be a bargain compared to airfare. My past experience which may no longer be valid, is that flights from BWI are a bit cheaper than from Philadelphia or National. Both BWI and Newark have Amtrak stations attached to them either by shuttle bus or monorail.
http://www.amtrak.com/home Buy your Amtrak tickets online at least 2 weeks before your trip. The price usually goes up, sometimes twice within the last 2 weeks.
You can also get from Penn station in NYC to the Newark airport train station on NJ Transit for less than the Amtrak fare.
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Dec 6th, 2012, 08:01 PM
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Can't we go back to this thread from the OP in Oct instead?

http://www.fodors.com/community/air-...-city-trip.cfm
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Dec 6th, 2012, 08:23 PM
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Buy your train tickets as soon as your dates are set. The prices go up as the seats are sold. The prices for sleepers especially go up fast, and sleepers sell out.
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Dec 7th, 2012, 12:48 PM
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Thurs: I won't need a sleeper as both of the train trips are less than 4 hours each.

rkkwan: My advice: Mind your own business. The information in the first post didn't help and my travel plans have since changed slightly. Therefore, I am seeking new information that will better guide me.
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Dec 7th, 2012, 12:57 PM
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Hey Tom, sorry I missed your post. I'm actually flying from Indianapolis to New York, taking a train from New York to Philadelphia, train from Philadelphia to Washington DC and flying from DC back to Seattle. I've done some research and can make the whole trip for $643.00 or less if I choose different flights/trains. The ones I was looking into right now are the following..

Seattle to Indianapolis (United) $209.00
Indianpolis to New York City (American) #183.00
New York City to Philadelphia (Amtrak) $36.00
Philadelphia to Washington DC (Amtrak) $35.00
Washington DC to Seattle (Alaska Airlines) $180.00
Total if I go this way: $643.00

I can get it as cheap as $557.00 if I choose to fly super early or really late.

Incredible how the longer the flight, the cheaper the ticket was. I haven't purchased those tickets yet but with the service I have, those prices are locked in until the end of the month.
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Dec 7th, 2012, 02:02 PM
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If you wanted to leave Indianapolis at 6AM on the train to Chicago, you could get to either NYP, PHL or WAS for less than $155. Don't forget you will have to pay for transportation from the New York airport of your choice into Manhattan. NYP is right in the heart of NYC and the subway is right underneath.
You also save the cost of a hotel room for a night in NYC.
You would also have the chance to see Chicago for a few hours in between trains.
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Dec 7th, 2012, 03:50 PM
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Hey Tom, we'd be flying into LaGuardia and the hotels we looked into all have free airport ---> hotel transportation. I will look into Amtrak between Indy and NYC again though here in a few minutes. I have a discount card for Amtrak as well. I'll get back to you with my results. Thanks!
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Dec 7th, 2012, 04:05 PM
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It appears to be a 21 hour trip on Amtrak. Longer than I was interested in spending on the train. Would rather pay extra to fly.
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Dec 7th, 2012, 05:10 PM
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Thought you might be interested in a couple hours in Chicago. I do understand not wanting to spend over 20 hours to get to New York.
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Dec 7th, 2012, 06:51 PM
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Great! Just want to let everybody know I helped the OP in the previous thread. This is what I got in return. You're very welcomed.
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Dec 8th, 2012, 06:08 AM
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I agree rkkwan. Very rude comments by a new poster. After reading the previous thread I see you gave the OP a lot of very good advice (and on some of his other threads).
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Dec 9th, 2012, 04:23 PM
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I would love to see Chicago Tom but that'll have to be a separate trip.

I booked my trips and all of my tickets cost me a total of $607.00 but there was an issue with booking one of the tickets. Will post a new thread about that.

The information provided here was extremely helpful; the information provided in my previous post was useless. There's a huge difference between the two post.

Thank you
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