Anyone want assistance finding airfares?

Nov 25th, 2007, 06:28 AM
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bmad;

This one looks tough.

I can find $1462 out of JFK using Czech airlines through Prague on the outbound and Aer Lingus through Dublin on the inbound, but everything else is around $1500 and change. Can you play with dates or airports any?
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Nov 25th, 2007, 06:37 AM
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bonniem:

Wow - thinks look tough for you right now - I don't know if they will soften up for summer 2008 flights - maybe in Jnauary a little.

I can only find about $1380 for two weeks in July out of DTW to FCO or MIL.

SLC looks even worse, at over $1500.

You may want to try booking into London and then from London down to Italy using skyscanner.net as mentioned earlier.
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Nov 25th, 2007, 06:49 AM
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Lily;

You can get to Gatwick on Air Transat for About $760 CAN on the 29th hang for a few days and then connect out to Athens on Olympic for $338 US returning by 8:55 a.m. on the 16th to connect with your Transat flight at 11:45.

Or spend another night in London on the 15th to be safe with the connection.

There are more options for the London Athens part, for sure.
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Nov 25th, 2007, 06:49 AM
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aramis - good point about the low cost airlines use of and cities - I think the worst offender is Ryanair - Torp, Norway is described as Olso - sorry Ryanir but it is a long way from Oslo!

One good trick is to give you precious details to the airlines and register with them for offers - Easyjet and Ryanair have stupid 1 euro plus tax offers that really do exist - the sales usually last for 3 or 4 days. These are not con trick but simply ways of drumming up interest - we have used them frequently.
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Nov 25th, 2007, 06:50 AM
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I'm going to Beijing October 9, 2008 (Dulles is my first choice and any other NE airport is my second, such as JFK) and returning Nov 4th from Hong Kong.

Any suggestions?

thanks!

Monica
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Nov 25th, 2007, 06:59 AM
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Aramis,

Yes, $937 on Delta, is the best I get..will wait a bit longer before making reservations...might ddrop a bit the first of year..they may extend some of the lower rates into April..and they may not!!
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Nov 25th, 2007, 07:03 AM
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Aramis:

Many thanks! I think that we will book the Iberia flight to Naples, via Madrid. I am worried about he connection time of 1:10 minutes, though. The flight from Naples to Madrid is on Air Nostrum which I believe is an Iberia relative and yes, it would be on the same ticket. We arrive into Madrid at Terminal 4 and depart an hour and ten minutes later from Terminal 4S..

If we book our luggage through to JFK, I am thinking that we do not need to pass through immigration or customs in Spain..correct??

Now, Iberia has no later flights to JFK that day. So am I correct in thinking that if we miss our connection, they will either:

Put us up at a hotel and fly us the next day, or book us on another carrier's flight?

Just want to get that settled before I book...will be sure to pack overnight things in carry ons!

Many thanks, again, for your help!
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Nov 25th, 2007, 07:04 AM
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Monica;

It is too early to quote the return leg of your flight - airlines only show fares about 330 days in advance.

I did look around for an October 9 - 19 routing and found, out of Dulles, $1216US on Korean Air, which seems darn good to me (Asia is not my specialty but i would fly there for $1200 when Europe seems to be costing about $1100 - $1500.

I suggest that you check Korean's fares sometime after December 4 and if your plans are firm you might ant to snag that price. The next best I see is about $300 more on Air Canada from Baltimore.
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Nov 25th, 2007, 07:08 AM
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eks;

I am not a travel agent and my undestanding of what airlines do if you miss a connection on their routing/ticket is just that - an understanding.

For total confidence, I would
see if the routing and price shows on their own website, and then them and ask them

what happens if you miss the connection. If you book directly with them and have received some advice on what your recourse is on a missed connection how can they abandon you?

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Nov 25th, 2007, 07:14 AM
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Monica;

Update

United is showing $1172 with a non-stop to Beijing and one stopover in LA on the return.

Check with them in early December.
I think I might be going to China soon.
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Nov 25th, 2007, 07:22 AM
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Thanks, Aramis! That routing does show on Iberia's website but I will call them and ask the relevant questions just to be sure.

Monica..that price sounds great! Consider that I am looking at $940 from JFK to Naples!

Also, Before booking with KoreanAir, take a look at Asiana as well; I flew with them from Seoul to Beijing and from Shanghai to Seoul, last spring, and was very impressed. Also look at EvaAir via Taipei.
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Nov 25th, 2007, 07:23 AM
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eks;

You probably saw this already;

Terminal 4 (T4), the newest, is a splendid, well-lit building that handles a large number of international flights in conjunction with its satellite (T4S), to which it is linked by a small, driverless train with a journey time of about four minutes. It opened officially on February 5th 2006.
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Nov 25th, 2007, 07:45 AM
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Aramis, No I did not see that so thank you for alerting me! I do remember walking for what seemed like ages to make a connection the last time we were in that airport, but the fact that the two terminals are close reassures me.

Anyway the worst that could happen is that we have to overnight in Madrid at the airline's expense, or at least I hope it will be at their expense!
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Nov 25th, 2007, 08:09 AM
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Aramis, this is a great post. Wondering if it should be added to the post "you know you're a travel addict when.." : )
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Nov 25th, 2007, 09:00 AM
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Aramis, We can play with the dates a few days. Departing as early as June 20th and returning by July 3rd.
We are flexible for airports too. But EWR and Split would be best.
Thanks for your help!
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Nov 25th, 2007, 12:09 PM
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Hi Aramis,

Please allow me to suggest adding www.1800flyeurope.com to your bag of tricks.

$1002 nonstop on Delta.



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Nov 25th, 2007, 01:06 PM
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Yeah I guess I am an addict.

If I can't plan my own travel.....

I wish there was a way to make a living at this - well a living that approximates the living I have (the one that almost lets me travel as much as i want to)
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Nov 25th, 2007, 01:11 PM
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aramis

I do not wish to steal your glory here - but I see a very valuable tool here for posters - how about starting a thread on the lounge forum that asks posters to list any travel search tool that assist in obtaining low airfares?

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Nov 25th, 2007, 01:21 PM
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bmad;

You might wanna buy me dinner

Aer Lingus is offering JFK - DBV return June 24 - July 2 for $1146 US.

Although not your preferred airports, at a savings of about $500 / person for the 6 of you that is $3000. Worth a van taxi to JFK and a bus back to Dubrovnik?

Of course, I don't know if things will get cheaper but not much for late June and July.

Here are the details;

New York, NY to Dubrovnik, Croatia: 4518 miles 12 hrs 5 min
Aer Lingus Flight EI 104 on an Airbus A330 (jet) in coach class
Departs New York, NY (JFK) Tue, June 24 5:40p 6 hrs 35 min
Arrives Dublin, Ireland (DUB) Wed, June 25 5:15a

Layover in Dublin 2 hrs 15 min

Aer Lingus Flight EI 446 on an Airbus A320 (jet) in coach class
Departs Dublin, Ireland (DUB) Wed, June 25 7:30a 3 hrs 15 min
Arrives Dubrovnik, Croatia (DBV) 11:45a


Dubrovnik, Croatia to New York, NY: 4518 miles 12 hrs 50 min
Aer Lingus Flight EI 447 on an Airbus A320
Departs Dubrovnik, Croatia (DBV) Wed, July 2 12:40p 3 hrs 25 min
Arrives Dublin, Ireland (DUB) 3:05p

Layover in Dublin 1 hr 55 min

Aer Lingus Flight EI 109 on an Airbus A330 (jet) in coach class
Departs Dublin, Ireland (DUB) Wed, July 2 5:00p 7 hrs 30 min
Arrives New York, NY (JFK) 7:30p

And since Aerlingus operates as point to point airline, the tickets are actually JFK - DUB and DUB-DBV meaning you could probably stop in Dublin at either end for a day or two and still get the same fares.

I'm gonna check a couple more things too.
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Nov 25th, 2007, 01:24 PM
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Dear Aramis,
This is very helpful indeed.

I did have some luck with my DFW to Cairo/Istanbul/Bucharest/Prague/DFW and thought I'd tell you that I found it on farefox.com. It came in at approx $1600 and everywhere else was a minimum of 2K.

This is so good of you to help people this way.

Best wishes for *your* next travel!
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