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IAH To India..what To Take?  
User currently offlineflyenthu From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 372 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 766 times:
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Hi A.netters!

I need to plan and book my Dec trip to India quickly before prices jump. This time I will be flying out of IAH to CCU and then back from DEL to IAH. I have several options as below (there are more, but I narrowed down to these). I would LOVE your input on this. Which one would you pick and why?

IAH-DXB-CCU (depart) DEL-DXB-IAH (return)
IAH-DOH-CCU (depart) DEL-DOH-IAH (return)
IAH-EWR-DEL-CCU (depart) DEL-EWR-IAH (return)
IAH-DME-SIN-CCU (depart) DEL-SIN-DME-IAH (return)
IAH-JFK-MXP-DXB-CCU (depart) DEL-DXB-MXP-JFK-IAH (return)
IAH-SFO-HKG-CCU (depart) DEL-HKG-SFO-IAH(return)

Thanks a bunch in advance for your time!

Flyenthu

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User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8726 posts, RR: 43
Reply 1, posted (3 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 761 times:

Quoting flyenthu (Thread starter):
Which one would you pick

this one:

Quoting flyenthu (Thread starter):
IAH-DME-SIN-CCU (depart) DEL-SIN-DME-IAH (return)

or this one:

Quoting flyenthu (Thread starter):
IAH-SFO-HKG-CCU (depart) DEL-HKG-SFO-IAH(return)
Quoting flyenthu (Thread starter):
and why?

just airline preference

I'd much rather spend that many hours on SQ or CX than on UA. As for the ME3 options, I'd only fly with those if I had no choice.



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User currently offlinekann123air From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 983 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 731 times:

Quoting flyenthu (Thread starter):
IAH-DME-SIN-CCU (depart) DEL-SIN-DME-IAH (return)

Agreed with aloges that this is your best choice, just because of SQ's hospitality and service. However....

Quoting flyenthu (Thread starter):
IAH-DXB-CCU (depart) DEL-DXB-IAH (return)

...if you make the quick hop to DFW before going on the flight to DXB, that would be an EK A380. That would certianly tempt me!  



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User currently offlineflyenthu From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 372 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 707 times:
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Thank you for your responses.

I checked CX and found out that the HKG-CCU is operated by Dragon Air. I am not familiar with this airline. How is it? Any information?

Aloges, why not ME3? Just curious!

Kann, my preference is 77W usually, i am not closed to A380 though.


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Reply 4, posted (3 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 705 times:

I know a lot of Indians use Lufthansa going through FRA. From what I have been told the connection at FRA is not that long so you won't have to wait hours and hours to connect. You could also pick up the A380 on them too.

User currently onlineIAHflyer97 From United States of America, joined Jun 2013, 361 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 696 times:

I actually asked an experienced travel agent for you. He said QR for the convenient connection. Hope this helps and hope you get your flight!

Also, there is no flight to JFK out of IAH so the IAH-JFK-MXP-CCU would not work unless you flew to LGA and went to JFK from there. Not very convenient of you ask me.

[Edited 2014-07-07 13:45:30]

So if I were to choose, I'd say SQ, QR or EK for convenient connections. That's just me.


[Edited 2014-07-07 14:00:37]


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User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8726 posts, RR: 43
Reply 6, posted (3 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 685 times:

Quoting flyenthu (Reply 3):
Aloges, why not ME3? Just curious!

I don't think their business model is advantageous. To me, the ME3 are gold-plated Ryanairs. They show much more interest in domination rather than coexistence, receive huge government support and grow quickly at the expense of airlines that have served their home markets well for decades. There's not a lot in this mix that I like.



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User currently offlineflyenthu From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 372 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 653 times:
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Thank you all for your responses. It is very helpful!

I am leaning towards SQ, CX, QR, or EK (AUS-JFK-MXP-DXB-CCU (depart) DEL-DXB-MXP-JFK-AUS (return). I can do this EK from AUS instead of IAH, as EK codeshares with B6.


SQ (2 stops); first preference, but do not like flying through DME in winter.
CX (2 stops); not sure how Dragon Air is.
QR (1 stop)
EK (3 stops)

The EK flight tempts me.

IAHFlyer, thank you for the input. I appreciate it.
Aloges, I hear you, valid points!


User currently offlineTWA772LR From United States of America, joined Nov 2011, 2193 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (3 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 575 times:

Don't forget about TK! Lots of people connect through IST on their way to India.


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User currently offlineflyboy_se From Sweden, joined Feb 2000, 829 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (3 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 561 times:

i would choose CX, SQ or QR.
One reason is that on such long flights it helps that these airlines have 3-3-3 config on their 777 instead of 3-4-3 on EK ( unless you are in Business class, then i guess it does not matter how Economy is).
I would avoid EWR and JFK for winter travel if you are in transit.

I flew with Dragon Air from PEK to HKG last year, and the service was amzing. It was on A330, and aircraft was in immaculate condition ( B-LAB). Great enterntainment, friendly crew and just great. Would love to fly them again.

As this is such a long flight, it is better to have less connections as possible.
However i am willing to fly out of the way to get on CX. They are my favourite airline for long haul ( allthough i havent flown on SQ yet so cannot compare)



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User currently offlineflyenthu From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 372 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 536 times:
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TWA- TK does not fly to CCU. In fact, very few international airlines do.

flyboy, I have narrowed my choices to SQ or QR.

For SQ, the route will be westward, via SFO-HKG/ICN-SIN-CCU. In this case, I will fly have to fly AUS-SFO on United first; and the price is at about $2000 for the entire trip.

QR on the other hand is one stop to CCU from IAH. I live in AUS; so for IAH flights, I usually take the Greyhound to Houston. The QR flight costs about $1770.

I have flown on QR once and SQ three times. Although, QR is great, the flight map did not work in the IAH-DOH sector and then, at the gate for my CCU flight, I was told that the flight was overbooked. I had the spend 24 hours in Doha. QR provided hotel and food; a $200 (I think) voucher, and a business class upgrade in the return CCU-DOH leg. Good gestures, but after a 14 hour flight and rushing to the connection gate and making it in a 55 minute layover, only to be told my flight was overbooked has made me dock some points off QR. I am curious about the new DOH airport though. Last time it was the old airport.

SQ, always comes with more stops, but they have always been on time and of course great service which is a plus.

So, what will it be? I still have some thinking to do. What would you do?   Spend more hours on SQ or less time on QR?


User currently onlineIAHflyer97 From United States of America, joined Jun 2013, 361 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (3 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 533 times:

Quoting flyenthu (Reply 10):

Honestly, if the greyhound isn't a bad thing to you, I would say QR. They were ranked the best airline in the world in 2012 for a reason, the fare is cheaper and you get to see the new airport. But yes, you do run the risk of the flight being overbooked. EK out if IAH has the same capacity problem. So I understand that you'd give QR a deduction for that. As for distance, it depends on how convenient you want your flight to be. If you're feeling adventurous, go SQ. If you just wanna get to where you need to be, go QR.

That's just my   



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User currently offlineMesaflyGuy From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 3202 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (3 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 531 times:
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Quoting IAHflyer97 (Reply 5):
Also, there is no flight to JFK out of IAH so the IAH-JFK-MXP-CCU would not work unless you flew to LGA and went to JFK from there. Not very convenient of you ask me.

What about JetBlue out of HOU and connect to EK through JFK or BOS?



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User currently offlineTWA772LR From United States of America, joined Nov 2011, 2193 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (3 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 516 times:

Quoting flyenthu (Reply 10):

TWA- TK does not fly to CCU. In fact, very few international airlines do

Sorry. I didn't know that.

If you want a better bus experience, try Megabus. $5 gets you a nice double decker bus and WiFi.

Quoting MesaflyGuy (Reply 12):

Or he can fly direct to JFK from AUS on AA or B6.



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User currently offlineOpethfan From Canada, joined Dec 2012, 581 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (3 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 509 times:

If BA is an option you could do AUS-LHR-BOM-CCS / DEL-LHR-AUS, and that would get you on a BA 788. Prices might not viable though.

User currently offlineNimish From India, joined Feb 2005, 3262 posts, RR: 9
Reply 15, posted (3 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 504 times:

I would suggest AA/QR AUS-DFW-DOH-CCU (24 hours) with DEL-DOH-DFW-AUS - again on QR/ AA. You'd get the 787 on DEL-DOH (depending on the day), and maximum time/ service on board QR (as opposed to the horrible service on American carriers). You'd connect to/from your home airport (why Greyhound to IAH when you can fly out of AUS at a similar price?) - and get 2 bags all the way if it's ticketed together. The new DOH airport is also supposed to be great.

December is a peak time, so I don't expect the flights to be empty, but QR typically offers the lowest fares on BLR-IAH and still the flights DOH-IAH are often empty (anecdotal based on my colleagues who fly QR on BLR-IAH, I fly LH - which is always bursting at the seams  )



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User currently offlineb777a340fan From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 774 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (3 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 476 times:

I would definitely take the following:

IAH-DXB-CCU (depart) DEL-DXB-IAH (return)
IAH-DOH-CCU (depart) DEL-DOH-IAH (return)

Why would you want the longer legs with more connections? Moreover, EK and QA are some of the best airlines today. Flown them both, everything was impeccable, from check-in, boarding, to customer service. Whatever you do, do not fly with an American airline, you get less baggage allowance, the food is atrocious, the seats are less comfortable, and the service is mediocre. I would never fly with an American airline internationally.


User currently offlineflyenthu From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 372 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (3 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 422 times:
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Thanks y'all for helping me decide. QR from IAH it is.....It was a tough call for me between QR and SQ and QR edged out! I am excited!!

User currently offlineb777erj145 From United States of America, joined Feb 2013, 102 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (3 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 371 times:

Good choice. I would have picked QR as well. I would have checked LX if it was an option since I recently flew with them to India and I liked them.

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