FlySSC From France, joined Aug 2003, 7374 posts, RR: 57 Posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4757 times:
I am planning a trip to Palm Springs/California for the end of March/early April.
Last time I went there, I flew CDG-LAX and drove from LAX to PSP but I would like to avoid doing this again for many reasons :
First, I don't like to fly into LAX and the drive after such a long flight was exhausting and almost dangerous. Moreover, this time I will fly BEY-CDG (AF/ME) and then AF from CDG to the U.S so it will be an even longer trip.
As I am flying on stand-by with a non-rev ticket I would prefer DL in the U.S.
but any other U.S major will be fine.
Anybody here on A.Net familiar with PSP and could advise me an easy routing/connection ?
LAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24141 posts, RR: 50
Reply 3, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 4731 times:
Personaly I would drive to PSP. It is basically a suburb of the greater Los Angeles metropolis and the drive is no better/worse then similar ones to San Diego, Santa Barbara or other destinations that are driven thousands of times a day from LAX.
But if you indeed want to avoid a car trip you can always fly LAX-PSP as well on United who offers 8 quick flights a day.
Lastly, I would avoid other domestic connections as well as not many places have wide offerings of flights to PSP. After all once you make it to LA, you are basically in PSP unlike having to worry about double connects in both CDG and a US city.
[Edited 2009-01-17 17:22:05]
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FlySSC From France, joined Aug 2003, 7374 posts, RR: 57
Reply 4, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4704 times:
Thanks for all these informations, guys !
While searching on the web, I was indeed quite surprised to see that most of the airlines are using small capaciies to PSP (which is not very good when ou travel as a non-rev) , and as HT mentionned, DL has no nonstop flights except from SLC ...
I will keep two options :
Fly CDG-LAX like last time, and drive ... will drink A LOT of coffee !
Fly CDG-SFO, spend a few days there and then try Alaska Airlines. They have 3 x Daily SFO-PSP with B734.
I keep in mind the second option ... I prefer the A343 or B744 anyway to SFO rather than the B77W to LAX.
While I personally do not rely on caffeine at all (I have no problems to stay awake after a long flight to the U.S. for enough time to reach my hotel may it be a 1-hour drive ot a 4-hour drive), but if you have a record of falling asleep after the flight, I would recommend the following:
Seeing that you will have a flight from BEY to CDG before with a quite early start, it might be wise to take a nap on the TA-flight but no coffee (= caffeine) until then.
Start drinking coffee (or Tea / Coke / Pepsi / Mountain Dew / Red Bull / ....) with the second meal service prior to landing in LAX. That way, the absorption of caffeine in your body will have the best effect.
Carpe diem ! Life is too short to waste your time ! Keep in mind, that today is the first day of the rest of your life !