Flytravel From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 873 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 2656 times:
Quoting BNAOWB (Thread starter): Also, are there any common "do it yourself" routes that involve a transfer between two same-city airports on 2 unrelated airlines? For example, while not a common route, I once flew:
With the low fares and no baggage fees of WN, I'm sure there are some that will fly to MDW, and then do a DIY transfer to ORD for an international flight. Maybe same now with LGA to JFK now, or MHT to BOS, and similar for the surrounding airports for SFO and LAX.
Last year I had a miles on AA and wanted to fly to LHR and then into Asia. Being that I'm from Philly area, the choices were to drive to JFK (no thanks), somehow get to BOS (AA wouldn't do it), somehow get to RDU (AA wouldn't do it), or go to ORD, MIA or DFW all which are either considerably west or south, increasing the flight duration, and unfavorable.
I was originally considering flying WN from PHL-MHT and then taking the ground shuttle service into BOS, but the dates weren't working well as the BOS-LHR flight was blacked out. Using the website, I saw RDU had seats left and the option to use my miles.
So, I flew WN from PHL-RDU and then took the GlaxoSmithKline subsidized AA RDU-LHR flight. I met a friend in Raleigh during the day, and he was surprised I was connecting in Raleigh to fly to Europe. The downside was the plane had no IFE and the plane was old. My return I just AA all the way, and went via MIA and the plane and service was better but the LHR-MIA flight which was during the day seemed long.
sw733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6311 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2603 times:
Quoting Flytravel (Reply 1): With the low fares and no baggage fees of WN, I'm sure there are some that will fly to MDW, and then do a DIY transfer to ORD for an international flight
I've done it many times. Fly from MCI to MDW on WN, transfer up to ORD and fly to Europe/Africa/Asia. I don't do it on the company dime, but I'll still consider it on my personal dime if it saves enough. Just have to built a LARGE time in between.