Booking Annoyance

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Oct 22nd, 2014, 02:50 PM
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Booking Annoyance

I tried to book the following itinerary itinerary: SFO-OAX OAX-MEX bus to Cuernavaca
MEX-SFO

First of all, we were generally given a two layover flight to OAX with this combination. Then we could not find anything but an early morning flight or a late afternoon flight from OAX to MEX. Finally, we had only an early morning flight or evening flight from MEX to SFO. It became too complicated, so we decided to do just one week in Oaxaca, and lo and behold, there is a mid-day flight from OAX to MEX, and the MEX to SFO flight leaves at 3 p.m., a time for which we never had an option on the original itinerary, and for $100 less. The one possible problem is that we have only 30 minutes to transfer in Mexico City, but since it is on our return flight I figure that we can put up with the potential hassle of missing a flight.

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Oct 22nd, 2014, 03:15 PM
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What site were you using?

You can't book flights on this site but you can see what's available on other sites:

http://matrix.itasoftware.com/
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Oct 22nd, 2014, 06:57 PM
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I was using Kayak, and then tried Aero Mexico (which is the airline for our RT tickets), and the results were the same. It appears that while the 3 p.m. flight from MEX to SFO is part of a relatively inexpensive RT package, it becomes a deal breaker when doing an open jaw which basically only adds a couple of non-flying days between the return legs from OAX to SFO.
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Oct 22nd, 2014, 07:22 PM
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I've also been looking for flights to Oaxaca from Sacramento, and found the best routing was on United, just 1 stop in Houston and costing very little more than Aeromexico.
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Oct 23rd, 2014, 04:46 AM
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Got a good deal last month for a February trip from Orlando on Aeromexico. Stopovers in Oaxaca, Villahermosa and Mexico City for not much more than just the latter.
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Oct 23rd, 2014, 06:22 AM
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I recently had to book TPA through Oaxaca and couldn't find a way to avoid two stops, Houston and MEX. The trouble I ran into was an inability to control the layover in MEX on the way back: I wanted to spend the afternoon and night in MEX and proceed to Houston and Tampa in the morning, but every site I tried wanted me to overnight in Houston. So I paid a travel agent in my city $20 (total) to book it for me the way I wanted it.
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