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User currently offlineBigphilnyc From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4077 posts, RR: 53
Posted (12 years 5 months 22 hours ago) and read 960 times:

I don't fly very often, and I want to go to Austin Texas in January for about two weeks.

I am really broke and need as inexpensive of a ticket as possible.

I was wondering if you folks had any good ideas on how I can get a cheap fare or what airline to take.

I would like to leave form La Guardia.

Phil Derner Jr.
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User currently offline174thfwff From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 5 months 21 hours ago) and read 956 times:

I remember a long time ago, I actually bought some guys cupons for flights on Ebay. I don't know if it's allowed anymore, but I would check it out!

Also orbtiz.com


User currently offlineJBLUA320 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3180 posts, RR: 18
Reply 2, posted (12 years 5 months 20 hours ago) and read 947 times:
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Trek to EWR and go CO.. its your best bet.

Or try booking thru NW on a codeshare.....


User currently offlineSllevin From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 3376 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (12 years 5 months 19 hours ago) and read 933 times:

American has LGA-AUS direct (stopping in HOU, but no change of planes) twice a day, and a ton of one-stop options.


User currently offlineBigphilnyc From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4077 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (12 years 5 months 9 hours ago) and read 913 times:

What about prices Sllevin? Cheap?

Phil Derner Jr.
User currently offlineTxAgKuwait From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1803 posts, RR: 41
Reply 5, posted (12 years 5 months 8 hours ago) and read 905 times:

You didn't say exactly when in january, but looking at Southwest from Long Island/Islip....leave around the 7th, come back around the 21st, I can find a RT for $236.50 and that includes all the taxes, security fees, airport charges, what have you.

So you can find something a few bucks cheaper on somebody else? Okay fine. But stew on this.....

Your plans change. The folks you were going to see can't host you. You get the flu. Your ground transportation craps out.

If you are flying anyone else you have just eaten that ticket, or at the very least are paying $100 or more to change it to another day.

That money you have given Southwest is good for a full year on any flight, at any time, and for any passenger you wish to let have your credit. The worst thing that can happen is you can't find any cheap seats when you get ready to rebook and it costs you a few bucks. The credit from an unused ticket on Southwest is like a bank account where the money is good for a year. Right now I've got about $180 in their "bank".....but you know, among other reasons, that's why I book them. Sometimes a cartel carrier might undercut them, by only a few dollars, but the risk of me having to alter my arrangements (with work, a set of twins, normal suburban life) is so high that it really, really never makes sense to fly on anyone else.

Plus I still rank their coach cabin comfort and service light years ahead of anyone else's....American's MRTC is a slightly more comfortable coach cabin, but a single beverage service on a 3 hr ride is not what I call the ultimate in cabin service. I hate to beg for a second Dr Pepper.

And that flexibility might be the absolute best advantage to flying Southwest. By the way, if you are on Airliners.net you probably like aircraft and airlines and spotting...the WN routing lets you change at BNA in one direction and BWI in the other, if you so desire.

Take care and have a good trip. Stay out of trouble in Austin and whatever you do, don't go down to 6th Street.

User currently offlineAirplanelover From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 329 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (12 years 5 months 2 hours ago) and read 892 times:

Well I can give you three options. Either 1.Try Priceline. It can be very helpful. www.priceline.com I'm sure you have heard of that. or Hotwire can be good also.

2. The cheapest out of LGA, EWR, or JFK I could find is $318.oo on Continental. LGA-IAH-AUS-IAH-LGA

3. I also found $289.00 on Northwest out of Islip. It would be a Continental Codeshare. So I would try Priceline for 200.00, get a ticket for $230.00 w/ taxes and etc.

User currently offlineGregjet From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 115 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 5 months 1 hour ago) and read 882 times:

look online at expidea.com cheaptickets.com or orbiz.com

User currently offlineSllevin From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 3376 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (12 years 5 months ago) and read 866 times:

When you are flexible in dates, Travelocity has the cool 'fare search' option that lets you see what the lowest possible fares are in a broad date range, and then allows you to see if there's still availability, etc.

Right now, though, new discount fares aren't loaded yet for travel beyond 1/6/2003. Another very cool choice if they hold the fares, though, is Midwest Express, showing a $261.00 fare and non-stop service.


User currently offlineLowfareair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (12 years 5 months ago) and read 866 times:

MidEx service is direct, via MCI.

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