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"Flying" From ZFV Instead Of EWR  
User currently offlineLrgt From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 710 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 28820 times:

Has anyone booked a ticket on Continental and put in "ZFV" instead of EWR to look for lower (often significantly) fares???

ZFV is Continental's "airport" code for Philadelphia train station and they for the most part match all of the fares from Philadelphia airport, which are often lower than from EWR. The flights are actually from EWR but come with a free train ticket (usually they are essentally PAYING you to take the ticket) from Philadelphia city to EWR. These train tickets are very expensive; even though the ride from Philadelphia to EWR is only an hour, Amtrak charges over $100 round-trip (standard non-Acela service)!

Continental has no way of know whether you took the train ride, so you can either throw away the train ticket and just take the lower fare if you live near or north or east of the airport, or take the train from Philadelphia, Trenton, or Metropark.

Often they are PAYING you to take the train ticket.


Don't bring up the NW DC9's unless you have to!
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User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 30
Reply 1, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 28792 times:

These train tickets are very expensive; even though the ride from Philadelphia to EWR is only an hour, Amtrak charges over $100 round-trip (standard non-Acela service)!

It's actually $55, put I'm not going to nit-pick.  Big grin

If that works, that is a nice little trick. I always like finding ways to beat the system.  Big thumbs up

Harry



Why grab a Heine when you can grab a Busch?
User currently offlineOdiE From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1641 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 28779 times:

Been there, done that! It's a great way to fly out of EWR when ex-EWR's fares are expensive!

User currently offlineLrgt From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 710 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 28759 times:

$55 is $110 round-trip. I beleive I said over $100 ROUND-TRIP.


Don't bring up the NW DC9's unless you have to!
User currently offlineSevenair From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 1728 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 28718 times:

wow, and thought UK rail way pricey!

User currently offlineLrgt From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 710 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 28669 times:

Between Philadelphia and New York is the most pricey rail in the nation on Amtrak...it comes out to about $1 a minute to sit on the train! Trenton to New York is even worse.


Don't bring up the NW DC9's unless you have to!
User currently offlineJFernandez From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 304 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 28643 times:

Wow, that's one clever little trick, there. Very nice.

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