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How To Book Complex Itineraries --- Cheaply?  
User currently offlineVanguard From Solomon Islands, joined Feb 2004, 103 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 10 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 7100 times:
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Prompted by another thread (http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/2172999/) I was wondering what the best way is of booking non-obvious routings at a reasonable cost is?

For instance. If I wanted to fly LHR - SYD, I could go to any of the usual websites (Expedia, Airnet etc) and they would return the usual carriers and routes. However, suppose I wanted to go LHR - SIN on Biman via Dacca, then SIN - Jakarta - BNE on Indonesian then BNE - SYD on Qantas. Returning via Bahrain & Vienna on Gulf air and Austrian.

Am I stuck with paying the full rate, or is there a website those 'in the know' use to pay cheap fares on these flights which in effect are one-way ones?

I'd be interested to hear any suggestions.

Thanks.

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User currently offlineACdreamliner From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 516 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 7076 times:

again, expedia is a good choice, go to advanced flight options, then just select your via points.


Where are you going?
User currently offlineRJNUT From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1193 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 7062 times:

airtreks.com specializes in strange itineraries, based in San Fransisco!

User currently offlineAhlfors From Canada, joined Oct 2000, 1339 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 7051 times:

Most likely you'd be stuck paying full fare, or at least the cheapest one-way fares. The only exception is if a published fare allows more than one airline (which you can come across sometimes, especially within alliances). And of course, if you're flying a complex itinerary but all on one airline, including codeshares, you can find a decent price.

For the example you gave, I would highly doubt there is any way to get it much cheaper than effectively purchasing a bunch of one ways.


User currently onlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19097 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 7040 times:

Quoting Vanguard (Thread starter):
LHR - SIN on Biman via Dacca

LHR-DAC-BKK-SIN-BKK-DAC-DXB-LHR will cost 409 GBP including tax with BG. Take a look at its website: http://www.bimanair.co.uk

You could use a low-cost airline to reach CGK, from where you could go with another airline to Australia.



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User currently offlineWorldXplorer From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 381 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 6956 times:

Quoting RJNUT (Reply 2):
airtreks.com specializes in strange itineraries, based in San Fransisco!

Very true, they did very well for me on a circle pacific fare.

Also try:

http://www.airbrokers.com/
- They, like airtreks.com, also specialize in RTW and circle fares.

http://www.airtimetable.com/index.htm
- This website has lots of info on air passes as well as RTW fares. A bunch of info on this site about the standard alliances as well as odd partnerships that offer reasonable RTW fares (ie - UA & SV, CO & SQ, etc...) I hope this helps.

http://www.orbitz.com
- They do RTW and circle fares very well on this site, although they are high. I used it as a guide to see how much places like airbrokers.com and airtreks.com were saving me. You can do very complex trips with orbitz, just go to the flights tab, select multi-city and go to town. I hope this helps.

WorldXplorer


User currently offlineTrolley Dolley From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 6770 times:

I used to work as a travel agent, so I would suggest seeking their advice as well. Often, particularly for longer routes, airlines have combo fares that normally can't be booked via the web. Also, some IATA rules, escpecially for funny routes like that, allow you to mix airlines at cheaper rates than full mileage fares. Still, expect it to be more expensive than the cheapesr single airlines fares.

User currently offlineEvolution From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 53 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 6 days ago) and read 6730 times:

Vangard

The best way of finding the best fares for complex routings is to speak to an expert!

Computers will only give you 'literal' answers and won't be able to advise you of some of the 'quirks'. For example, how to fly Finnair on a Qantas return to OZ or what route will do a Star Alliance RTW ticket from London in exactly 29.000 miles!

There is also a general rule when it comes to multi-sector itineraries: The further you fly with one airline (or airline group (oneworld/star etc) the cheaper the ticket.

Regards

Ian

Oh yes! The experts (in UK + OZ)

http://www.trailfinders.com/index.htm


User currently offlineIslipWN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 6707 times:

What about just for mileage runs in the US? The last one I did was an all Delta run and paid about $800 for it! But that mileage run made me silver medallion!

User currently offlineEurofleetLHR From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 101 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 6695 times:

Try the Star Alliance Round-The-World offer - up to 15 stopovers, travel either eastbound or westbound, the lowest fare is limited to 29,000 miles in total.
Fares differ from country to country, for some reason flying from Stockholm is cheaper than anywhere else in Europe. (I flew to ARN, and booked the ticket - they even allowed me to fly back to LHR that afternoon on my first leg). Valid for 12 months - you can even change the itinerary once your first intercontinental sector has been flown).
I have done it twice now - it is an excellent way to sample the different airlines /airliners they have. I believe the Y Class fare is around GBP1000. I flew Business Class for under GBP2400.
The 2 itineraries I have done were as follows :

March 2001
ARN-LHR SK MD80
LHR-YYZ AC B744
YYZ-ORD AC A319
ORD-DEN UA B772
DEN-LAX UA B744
LAX-HNL-NAN NZ B763 (HNL was not used as a stopever)
NAN-AKL NZ B733
AKL-BNE NZ B744
BNE-SYD AN B744
SYD-HKG AN B744
HKG-BKK TG B772
BKK-SIN SQ B772ER
SIN-KTM SQ A310
KTM-DEL-VIE NG B763 No stopover in DEL)
VIE-ARN OS A320

March 2004
ARN-MUC LH Avro
MUC-EWR LH 737-BBJ (Privatair)
EWR-YYZ AC A319
YYZ-YVR AC A340
YVR-LAX AC A319
LAX-NRT-SIN SQ B744 (No stopover in NRT)
SIN-BKK SK A340
BKK-HKG TG B744
HKG-NRT NH B772
NRT-SEL OZ A321
SEL-PEK OZ B744
PEK-VIE OS A340
VIE-CDG OS A320
CDG-AMS RG MD11
AMS-ARN SK B736

If you exceed 29,000 miles, the fare does increase.

The Star Alliance website has a downloadable programme that allows you to do some experimenting with routings, and it will calculate the mileage for you as well.

HTH.


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