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User currently offlineOmegous From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 293 posts, RR: 2
Posted (12 years 8 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2186 times:

I am helping my dad get some air fares for a flight back to Milwaukee this weekend under sad circumstances. My grandfather (his father) choked to death this morning and they are having services this weekend.

So, I know it won't be cheap, but what fares/airlines might I be looking at for this weekend between LAS and Milwaukee.

Friday most likey mid day and come back sunday night.

He is trying to see if he can get inexpensive fares (As money is tight) but since the occasion is not one we can be picky, what might there be available and what might we be looking at price wise (also in case I need to withdraw money to help pay for the cost).

:-(

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User currently offlineTg 747-300 From Norway, joined Nov 1999, 1318 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 8 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2124 times:

Sad to hear.

don't know, but maybe www.farebeater.com is an option

tg 747-300



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User currently offlinePolaris From Canada, joined Feb 2000, 1143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (12 years 8 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2111 times:

My deepest condolences.

Most airlines have bereavement fares. Call and ask for details. They will require some documentation as proof that this is true.


User currently offlineOmegous From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 293 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (12 years 8 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2083 times:

They do offere these fares? This is very appreciated and should help. I will phone my dad and let him know.

Do only certain airlines? We want the most direct connection possible to allow us the fastest way back, but again. We will not be picky.

Should he just call the airlines? What is the usual types of documentation might they require?


User currently offlineCba From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 4531 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (12 years 8 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2062 times:

Don't fly Delta, you'll get gouged big time. When my grandfather died, we payed something like $700 per ticket on a HOU-CVG rountrip, and that was with the bareivement discount.

User currently offlinePolaris From Canada, joined Feb 2000, 1143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (12 years 8 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2058 times:

It's best to contact the airlines directly and ask about these fares.

Hospitals and funeral homes usually provide the required certificates. The airline will tell you what you need and how to get it.



User currently offlineBWIrwy4 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 940 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (12 years 8 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2041 times:

I've done some searching for you. ATA is the cheapest at $437. Continental is next at $630. Midwest Express and Northwest both charge $670, and United costs $685. Remember, these aren't bereavement fares, but just what I could pull off of each airline's website, so you should be able to set them cheaper. I'm sorry to hear this news about your grandfather.

User currently offlineBWIrwy4 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 940 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (12 years 8 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2028 times:

I agree with Cba. Don't fly Delta. On this route, they're charging over $1600, so I don't want to even think about what that fare would look like after the bereavement discount.

User currently offlineScottb From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 6780 posts, RR: 32
Reply 8, posted (12 years 8 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2011 times:

You might also consider flying to and from Chicago Midway - this would add some road travel time in both directions, of course, but drops the cost on ATA down to $400. Flying from MDW to MKE doesn't really save a whole lot of time given the amount of layover time at MDW.

User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8124 posts, RR: 54
Reply 9, posted (12 years 8 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1951 times:

Midwest Express offer business class service (2-2 seating in the DC9 / MD80) and in times of trouble it's nice to know you'll be looked after by professionals, with some nice personal attention and a decent (indeed gourmet) meal. With Milwaukee being Midex's hometown, delays are unlikely. They're the best domestic airline in the US by far.

PS Very sad news, my Mum passed away a few weeks ago, nothing much anyone can say to make it any easier, but I wish you and your family all the best. Take care, Charlie.



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User currently offlineZeus01 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 744 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (12 years 8 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1956 times:

Omegeous, I too was under these circumstances as my Grandmother was put in a ICU in March and we had to go down immediatly to watch her in her finaly hours. I called several different airlines, and some atually didn't offer special fares, BUT, United (which I dislike) was very nice about it giving us a berevement fare which had no restricitons on it. But it still was a little high, but better than most airlines. Try United or even NWA had one too.

User currently offlineAmtrakGuy From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 500 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (12 years 8 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1928 times:

Yes..call the airlines...when my father passed away few years ago, I had to go to Miami from Washington (National). USAirways gave me about 200.00 roundtrip -- normal for last minute fare (when I flew out the next morning) could have cost me about $1000.00 RT. One of the nice thing about USAirways is that I wasn't sure when I was coming back, so the agent booked me a date at least one and half week later...and by the time I was ready to come back, I called and changed the date without any penalty or fees.

The only thing you will need to get the funeral home phone number or whoever is handling your grandfather. USAirways did called father's funeral home to confirm it.

I'm pretty sure most airlines will offer bermement fares.

Keep us posted.
Dave


User currently offlineGoingboeing From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4875 posts, RR: 16
Reply 12, posted (12 years 8 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1925 times:

When my dad passed away last July, AA gave us a bereavement fare of $250 round trip between MCI and DFW. THe tickets were fully changeable and non restricted. That's about half the walk up fare. Ask the reservations agent about bereavement fares. They'll ask for a doctors name or some other form verification, but they don't hassle you about it.

User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13612 posts, RR: 62
Reply 13, posted (12 years 8 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1904 times:
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Omegous, I'm sorry to hear about your loss. It's too bad you couldn't be flying under more pleasant circumstances.

Check the individual airlines' websites, as many of them offer special last-minute fares (far below their normal cost) for booking online only. Another option would be to call the different airlines' reservations 800 numbers and asking if they offer a reduced-rate bereavement fare. Most do, although it's typically a reduction off of their unrestricted last-minute published rates, which are quite high.

Just a question, though...why does everyone feel that airlines are mean for not automatically giving people a break on a last-minute airfare because of an emergency or a death in the family? No other businesses do this!

Can you imagine asking the manager of Macy's to give you 50% off on the price of a suit because you're wearing it to a funeral?  Insane



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User currently offlineEc From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (12 years 8 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1901 times:

Best I could find was $680 on AWA connect through PHX. They usually are helpful in bereavement situations.

User currently offlineSJCguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 579 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (12 years 8 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1891 times:

Sorry about your loss...

I have a buddy pass you could have on SW, although we don't fly to Milwaukee so it would do you no good...good luck.

SJCguy


User currently offlineMls515 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3076 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (12 years 8 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1879 times:



Hotwire.com can set you up roundtrip LAS-MKE this Friday through Monday for $304 round trip. Friday through Sunday also for $304 round trip. This is after the taxes and fees and stuff have been included.

The only catch is that they don't disclose the airline or flight times until after you purchase. Although I did use the 'Red-eye: Not OK' search option.

If you're flexible to the day that you can travel, Hotwire.com is pretty good. Otherwise, it looks like BWIrwy4 checked Orbitz.com for you. For last minute, those don't seem too bad.

Sorry about your loss.


User currently offlineBWIrwy4 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 940 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (12 years 8 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1862 times:

I didn't do Orbitz. I just went on to each airline's individual website and typed in the information. I figured the individual websites would give lower prices compared to Orbitz (middleman markup) but I guess they're both identical.

User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 18, posted (12 years 8 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1858 times:

No, individuakl websites have the highest fares in my opinion.

Try orbitz, or hotwire.



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User currently offlineGoingboeing From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4875 posts, RR: 16
Reply 19, posted (12 years 8 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1850 times:

Orbitz did some great marketing, but the fact is that the lowest airfares can be found on the airlines website. They don't have a middleman to pay a commission, they don't have an agent to pay a salary, and many will offer at least 10% lower fares than what you find on the other travel sites.

User currently offlineOmegous From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 293 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (12 years 8 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1829 times:

We really want to go direct to MKE, and MWE is less than $1000 a passenger (!!!!).

We are looking at leaving friday the 1st anytime, and coming back monday the 4th.

Does MWE offer any kind of bereavement fare? This is really the way we want to go, as all the other options, are really not good, even WN which goes to Midway (we could rent a car, but the cost difference in the amount of driving would make up the difference of just flying to MKE direct).

My dad is going to call MWE and other airlines. He did call NWA, but they said he had to have a death certificate?!?! He died today!!


User currently offlineA330300 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 172 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (12 years 8 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1826 times:

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User currently offlineOmegous From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 293 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (12 years 8 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1803 times:

I appreciate all the help and information I am recieving.

We have pretty much narrowed it down to MWE or ATA...we may again pay more for MWE just to get in faster. ATA offers a lower fare, however.

Even though this is a sad occasion, I always try to find good things in bad situations.

My airplane side - If I fly ATA, I most likely will be in their NEW 738 (do these have winglets?) and 753 aircraft...new on both of those for me. And if we go MWE, we will get meals.

What kind of service does ATA offer? Any good? Comfortable? It doesn't help going to a funeral, only to be crammed in a 3 hour flight...

:-(



User currently offlineOmegous From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 293 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (12 years 8 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1747 times:

Alright, we ordered tickets through Continental. LAS-IAH-MKE and then vice versa. They offered a good deal on a fare for our family, so we decided on them.

Many thanks to everyone for helping me get some information and find a reasonable fare for this sad occasion.


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