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Fare Prices In...Help Me Choose Please!  
User currently offlineQXatFAT From Israel, joined Feb 2006, 2405 posts, RR: 5
Posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4197 times:

Okay so some of you know I was working around trying to get airfare at the cheapest cost to do humanitarian ade work in Kenya this summer. Well I was going threw so much stuff trying to get reponses and finally they have come in! I would like your guyses opinions on what I should get for the whole time based on airline service and comfort. The amount of PAX are 28.

Option 1:

Virgin Atlantic $1,880 (Get 30 PAX to help out and they said they will pay for the 31st + drop of price for us)
SFO - LHR Boeing 747-400 operated by Virgin Atlantic
LHR - NBO Boeing 767-300 operated by Kenya Airways or
LHR - NBO Airbus A340-300 operated by Virgin Atlantic

Option 2:

British Airways $2,055 (No help on price or humanitarian relief)
SFO - LHR Boeing 747-400 operated by British Airways
LHR - NBO Boeing 747-400 operated by British Airways

Option 3:

KLM $2,300 (No help on price or humanitarian relief)
SFO - AMS Boeing 747-400 operated by British Airways
AMS - NBO Boeing 747-400 operated by British Airways

Option 4:

Continental Airlines $2,150 ($175 price reduction for helping in Africa)
SFO - IAH Boeing 737-800 operated by Continental Airlines
IAH - AMS Beoing 767-300 operated by Continental Airlines
AMS - NBO Boeing 747-400 operated by KLM

Option 5:

Emirates $2,100 (No help on price or humanitarian relief)
SFO - JFK Boeing 757-200 operated by Delta Airlines
JFK - DXB Boeing 777-300ER operated by Emirates
DXB - NBO Airbus A330-200 operated by Emirates or
DXB - NBO Airbus A340-500 operated by Emirates

So what would you guys choose and why? I will be putting the downpayment on these tickets by Monday of next week. As you can see, this is a lot of money for 28 people.


Thanks everyone!

Kyle
QXatFAT


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User currently offlineSK601 From Belgium, joined Jun 2005, 976 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4193 times:

Apparently saving $$$ is important, so take option 1 and fly LHR-NBO with KQ to get the African feeling  Cool

User currently offlineAlexPorter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4190 times:

I would vote for Option 1 with the Virgin option for these reasons:
- It is a one-stop itinerary. Multiple stops with a group the size of yours can get awfully complicated, so keep it as simple as possible.
- Also for the sake of simplicity, staying on Virgin will keep you in Terminal 3. Switching to Kenya for the second flight will involve a terminal change to Terminal 4. Another complication when you have 28 passengers traveling internationally.
- Virgin Atlantic ON AVERAGE has the highest passenger satisfaction rankings among Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, KLM, and Continental. Emirates ranks higher than Virgin Atlantic, but then you have two stops, a higher airfare, and a terminal change.
- The airfare is the lowest of your options, and the savings really add up for 28 people.
- They are reducing your airfare since you are traveling for humantiarian reasons, which is a great thing. It shows that they want to have you as passengers and that they are supportive of your cause.

So I suggest Virgin Atlantic via Heathrow.


User currently offlineQXatFAT From Israel, joined Feb 2006, 2405 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4186 times:

Quoting SK601 (Reply 1):
KQ to get the African feeling

Have you ever flown KQ before? If you have, what are they like?

Quoting AlexPorter (Reply 2):
So I suggest Virgin Atlantic via Heathrow.

Thank you for your suggestion. I think you make great points and it is awesome that Virgin did help us out a lot. Even eating the 31st ticket if get get 2 more to go is amazing!

So so far

#1 - 2 votes
#2 - 0 votes
#3 - 0 votes
#4 - 0 votes
#5 - 0 votes

Thanks guys!

Kyle



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User currently offlineCXfirst From Norway, joined Jan 2007, 3075 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4178 times:

Quoting QXatFAT (Thread starter):
$2,150 ($175 price reduction for helping in Africa)

Does this mean $2,150 with the price reduction or $1,975?

But if price matters take option one: virgin atlantic, anyway they are very good (usually).

Quoting QXatFAT (Thread starter):
Get 30 PAX to help out and they said they will pay for the 31st + drop of price for us

Looks great, but I bet that Virgin Atlantic are thinking, 'two more paying customers = $$$ and giving a free ticket would not hurt us as it will probably not be a full flight.

Anyway, a win-win situation.

-CXfirst



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User currently offlineSwiftski From Australia, joined Dec 2006, 2701 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 4175 times:

One more for Virgin!

User currently onlineSiouxATC From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 386 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 4162 times:

I do #3 or #5. AMS is a great airport to transfer at, and EK is something special, so is DXB.

User currently offlineCjh2007 From Austria, joined Jan 2007, 263 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4160 times:

What are the approx. dates you wanna fly...?

Also makes a difference



Is it the kerosene, or is it just me...
User currently offlineCjh2007 From Austria, joined Jan 2007, 263 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4159 times:

Other than that... VS would be my choice... Its the cheapest, and one of the best...


Is it the kerosene, or is it just me...
User currently offlineSoups From Ghana, joined Jun 2004, 3438 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4150 times:

What dates u travelling i can see BA offering $1490(tax inclusive) SFO-LHR-NBO


Next destinations, Suarabaya, beirut, paris, Accra
User currently offlineHoppe777 From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 142 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 4141 times:

Virgin hands down.......


Sometime in easter 10 .... yet to book :)
User currently offlineQXatFAT From Israel, joined Feb 2006, 2405 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 4132 times:

Quoting Cjh2007 (Reply 7):
What are the approx. dates you wanna fly...?

Also makes a difference

How does that make a difference? But the dates are 3rd July 2007 - 17th July 2007

Quoting Soups (Reply 9):
What dates u travelling i can see BA offering $1490(tax inclusive) SFO-LHR-NBO

Answer above. Well that price is just for one ticket correct? So you must find out how many tickets are at that price in which class seating. I found tickets as well for $1500 just for one but not all 28 will be that price because of group purchasing.

So far:

#1: 7
#2: 0
#3: 1
#4: 0
#5: 1

Thanks everyone! This is really helpful!

Quoting CXfirst (Reply 4):
Does this mean $2,150 with the price reduction or $1,975?

Price reduction was already included so final cost is $2,150

Quoting CXfirst (Reply 4):
But if price matters take option one: virgin atlantic, anyway they are very good (usually).

Price does matter actually in this trip. But comfort as well because of it being long flights. So if a ticket is an extra $50-$100 more and more comfortable, we will take that.



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User currently offlineSoups From Ghana, joined Jun 2004, 3438 posts, RR: 14
Reply 12, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 4112 times:

Quoting QXatFAT (Reply 11):
Well that price is just for one ticket correct?

search engines gives me a max of 5 pax.



Next destinations, Suarabaya, beirut, paris, Accra
User currently offlineSQno1 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 687 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 4102 times:

Quoting QXatFAT (Thread starter):
DXB - NBO Airbus A340-500 operated by Emirates

Unless that's changed, I believe that you could be referring to a Airbus A340-300.

Although I haven't travelled on DL, EK are a pretty decent airline, ice on the 773ER is the best in the world, but DXB has gone downhill and the 3-4-3 config may trouble you as bit. But the planes without ice are still perfectly adequate.

Alex  wave 


User currently offlineQXatFAT From Israel, joined Feb 2006, 2405 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4053 times:

Alright so heres an update...Emirates has lowerd the price to $1960. So right now its between VS at $1880 with only a stop in LHR or EK at $1960 with a stop in JFK & DXB.


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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20732 posts, RR: 62
Reply 15, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4051 times:

Quoting QXatFAT (Reply 14):
Emirates has lowerd the price to $1960. So right now its between VS at $1880 with only a stop in LHR or EK at $1960 with a stop in JFK & DXB.

I'd be so all over the VS offer by now, it wouldn't even be funny. Spending an additional $80 per person to fly out of the way for a second connection in DXB with such a large group wouldn't even be on the table for me to consider.



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User currently offlineQXatFAT From Israel, joined Feb 2006, 2405 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4045 times:

How are flights going over the Atlantic in the summer months? Is it very bumpy?


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