ammunition
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Last Minute Tickets At The Airport? Urgent

Mon Dec 23, 2002 5:48 pm

hey, is it possible to get a last minute flight at the airport for a reasonable price?
A mate of mine's sister has had an accident in america and he urgently needs to get there (from the uk), what are the chances of him getting a ticket out of london this evening for ORD? He must fly to ORD.
What are the procedures of getting a ticket on standby or buying a ticket at the airport prior to departure?

Any info would be greatly appreciated.

P.S. he is also considering booking within the next few days if he cant fly today (on the dates 24-26 dec outbound, and 1-4 Jan inbound) can anyone find me a reasonable deal, it would be greatly appreciated.
He is on a tight budget as christmas has taken its toll on his wallet.

regards
Amo
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backfire
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RE: Last Minute Tickets At The Airport? Urgent

Mon Dec 23, 2002 8:45 pm

If you explain the situation to the ticket desk, you might be able to get a compassionate discount if you're lucky.
 
TG992
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RE: Last Minute Tickets At The Airport? Urgent

Mon Dec 23, 2002 10:46 pm

Air New Zealand are pretty good with compassionate fares - give them a call - they fly LHR-LAX and may be able to sell you a through fare to Chicago. They only have one flight a day though, so may be booked up!

Their UK number is 0800 028 4149.
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RE: Last Minute Tickets At The Airport? Urgent

Mon Dec 23, 2002 11:04 pm

US has some choices for about $589 on 12/25-1/1.
 
B747-437B
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RE: Last Minute Tickets At The Airport? Urgent

Mon Dec 23, 2002 11:22 pm

I'd reccomend AI's LHR-ORD service, but the flights are sold out in coach through the end of the year and then some. Good luck.
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Craigy
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RE: Last Minute Tickets At The Airport? Urgent

Mon Dec 23, 2002 11:30 pm

Try dialaflight.com (with cookies enabled to access alternative flights).

They have LHR-ORD-LHR for £315 incl taxes out 24 Dec return 30 Dec.
You need to try it for yourself as the prices vary with the travelling date.

YTou need to phone to check availability and reserve a seat.

Good luck.

Craig.
 
Craigy
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RE: Last Minute Tickets At The Airport? Urgent

Mon Dec 23, 2002 11:33 pm

Other flights from LONDON to CHICAGO, O'HARE FIELD :
Leaving on 25 December 2002, and returning on 04 January 2003.

DELTA AIRLINES from GATWICK £216 (+ £57 tax)
US AIRWAYS from GATWICK £216 (+ £57 tax)
AMERICAN AIRLINES from GATWICK £225 (+ £57 tax)
CONTINENTAL AIRLINES from GATWICK £225 (+ £57 tax)
BRITISH AIRWAYS from HEATHROW £225 (+ £59 tax)
 
akelley728
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RE: Last Minute Tickets At The Airport? Urgent

Mon Dec 23, 2002 11:42 pm

Hey, I hope your mate's sister is okay, our thoughts are with her.

Normally last minute flights are extrememly expensive, but if you fly on Christmas day, then you should be able to get some good deals, since normally it's a very slow travel day.

If you know of any consolidators, give them a ring too, I'm sure they might have some last-minute inventory they would love to get rid of.

You can also try Hotwire or Priceline, they have fantastic deals for last minute tickets, but I don't know if they sell to U.K. residents.