This is not intended to be flamebait so I hope it doesn't go that direction.
Here's the issue.
My friend from Sweden who is coming to the USA this summer has entrusted me with booking his flights. But because he took his time getting his passport, fares have gone up and the original flight I was going to book for him, on UA
/SAS, is now too expensive to book and I've had to look into alternate routings.
I found another flight with a very attractive rate for him on UA
, but it's a codeshare for all of his flights. SAS/US/LH.
SAS would be his new flight from ARN
US would then fly him EWR-CLT-MCO
and LH would be his return flight from LAX-FRA-ARN at the end of the trip. (With a DL
flight in between, connecting him MCO
for his california part of his stay).
He has a grand total of two flights on US that will get him from EWR
on July 29th, 2004. It's a very good fare, the lowest I've seen in fact, but I am worried about booking him on any US flights considering the trouble that US Airways is going through at the moment.
The last thing I want to have happen is him getting stranded at EWR
because of a US shutdown.
Total cost for the above itinerary: $1,279
The alternative is to book him on Skyteam the entire way....ARN
on July 29, MCO
on August 10, and SLC
on august 11, with return from LAX
on August 29, LAX
Total cost for Skyteam: $1,481.51
That's roughly a 200 dollar difference between flying US versus flying DL
Now, I ask you guys if it's truly safe to book him on US Airways for segments of his flight. It'll save him 200 dollars if I do....but that 200 wont mean anything if he gets stranded. I'm hearing very mixed opinions as to whether Us is going to survive or not, and even if they do stick around, I worry about them cutting back flights and possibly eliminating these routes. Is it truly safe to book him on US Airways? Or should I play it safe and book him on Skyteam?
Secondly, are EWR
easier to connect through than CDG
Thanks for any help you can provide, I dont want to put him in a bad way, and your advice will help us decide which alliance to take.
[Edited 2004-05-06 07:19:50]