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Cheapest Way To Panama From EWR? A Little Help

Fri Aug 05, 2005 11:30 pm

I have a co-worker who will be going to Pananma in Feb. for a Family re-union . Going with him will be his wife , an elenven and 4 year old .

He would like to know what would be the most economical and safe way to get there from either EWR ,JFK or Philly !

I have checked orbitz who have at this time offered the best rates and have also called CO . However , prices still look rather high for a 5 hour flight .

I was wondering if someone could offer some advice on this matter .

Thanks in advance

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RE: Cheapest Way To Panama From EWR? A Little Help

Fri Aug 05, 2005 11:44 pm

Try www.aa.com

They don't fly direct, but maybe get a better fare.

Also try www.copaair.com

Buy online, it's cheaper.
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RE: Cheapest Way To Panama From EWR? A Little Help

Fri Aug 05, 2005 11:48 pm

I found the following for a week long stay in mid February:

From JFK: $556 on Copa

From EWR: $612 Multiple Carriers

From PHL: $619 on Delta

From BOS: $690 on AA

I believe $500 is around the average price for a trip from US to Central America....btw all this prices are from http://www.mobissimo.com
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RE: Cheapest Way To Panama From EWR? A Little Help

Sat Aug 06, 2005 12:01 am

Halibut -

You didn't say what fare you found, but fares often have little to no correlation to flight time or distance, as odd as that might seem. They are more closely related to traffic in the market, demand, time of the year, day and/or time of the day, etc. All boils down to market demand and yield management. This far out from February, and if it is a high-yield time historically, airlines might not list their lowest fares yet, knowing that they can be raised as the travel date approaches.

That being said, when checking one GDS for availability and to check fares, CO flights currently appear to be almost zero'd out for the month of February. Either that is a heavy time of the year for travel from the NE to Panama, or they might have them temporarily blocked for some reason. That might be one reason Orbitz and CO Rez are so high right now. If they open up availability and the flights are not heavily booked, fares can change.

To try and get you an answer, I found a couple of flights out on a Tuesday, staying over a weekend, and back on a Tuesday. Even though operated by CO, they showed no availability but their CM code share did have seats for sale.

CO is the only non-stops out of EWR, and Copa (CM) are the only non-stops out of JFK. Doing a fare shop on either showed the lowest round-trip is normally about $660 +/-

Again... this is just a sampling of the very few CO flights (or code shares) showing availability in February. Some CO members might have more information on service and fares if the $660 or the following is not indicative.

WPNI
CURRENT ITINERARY-ALREADY BOOKED AT LOWEST AVAIL FARE

1 CM /CO 2887 V 21FEB T EWR PTY 0420P 0932P S
OPERATED BY CONTINENTAL AIRLINES
2 CM /CO 2886 B 28FEB T PTY EWR 1010A 0318P S
OPERATED BY CONTINENTAL AIRLINES
TOTAL FARE - USD 851.65

BARGAIN FINDER PLUS ITINERARY OPTIONS

OPTION 1
1 AV 21 W 21FEB T JFK BOG 0835A 0210P 763 0
1 AV 60 W 21FEB T BOG PTY 0345P 0515P M80 0
2 AV 61 W 28FEB T PTY BOG 0600P 0725P M80 0
2 AV 20 W 28FEB T BOG JFK 1155P 0530A 763 0
TOTAL FARE - USD 539.65

OPTION 2
1 MX 1 Q 21FEB T JFK MEX 0155A 0630A 318 0 S /E‡
2 MX /CM 1929 Q 21FEB T MEX PTY 0208P 0643P 738 0 S /E ‡
OPERATED BY COPA AIRLINES
3 MX /CM 1928 Q 28FEB T PTY MEX 1033A 0113P 738 0 S /E
OPERATED BY COPA AIRLINES
4 MX 2 Q 28FEB T MEX JFK 0640P 1215A 318 0 S /E
TOTAL FARE - USD 575.65

OPTION 3
1 CO 887 N 21FEB T EWR PTY 0420P 0932P 738 0 S /E
2 CO /CM 9062 T 28FEB T PTY MIA 0710P 1000P 73G 0 S /E
OPERATED BY COPA AIRLINES
2 CO /** 9248 T 01MAR W MIA MCO 0710A 0830A BE1 0 S /E
OPERATED BY GULFSTREAM DBA CONTINENTAL CONNECTION
2 CO 393 X 01MAR W MCO EWR 0930A 1201P 757 0 S /E
TOTAL FARE - USD 701.64

OPTION 7
1 AA 1397 N 21FEB T EWR MIA 1222P 0323P 738 0 /E
1 AA 959 N 21FEB T MIA PTY 0832P 1125P 757 0 /E
2 AA 2132 N 28FEB T PTY MIA 0314P 0604P 757 0 /E
2 AA 2128 N 28FEB T MIA EWR 0803P 1057P 757 0 /E
TOTAL FARE - USD 746.65

OPTION 8
1 DL 293 Q 21FEB T EWR ATL 0215P 0435P M80 0 S /E
1 DL 663 Q 21FEB T ATL PTY 0606P 1003P 738 0 S /E
2 DL 498 Q 28FEB T PTY ATL 0835A 1235P 738 0 S /E
2 DL 1691 Q 28FEB T ATL EWR 0200P 0417P M80 0 S /E
TOTAL FARE - USD 746.65

OPTION 9
1 CO 638 Q 21FEB T EWR MIA 0750P 1053P 73G 0 S /E
2 CO /CM 9063 Q 22FEB W MIA PTY 0650A 0947A 73G 0 S /E
OPERATED BY COPA AIRLINES
3 CO /CM 9062 V 28FEB T PTY MIA 0710P 1000P 73G 0 S /E
OPERATED BY COPA AIRLINES
4 CO /** 9281 V 01MAR W MIA MCO 0855A 1005A BE1 0 S /E
OPERATED BY GULFSTREAM DBA CONTINENTAL CONNECTION
5 CO 693 V 01MAR W MCO EWR 1035A 0110P 738 0 S /E
TOTAL FARE - USD 791.15

Listed these just to give you examples of what is showing today for the flights I was able to find in February. I would just keep checking frequently. Something like this might be worth checking with a travel agent to see what they can find, too, as international destinations/fares are some times a little more tricky than just a normal domestic trip. This could really help if you can find an agent in the EWR area who specialized in Latin American destinations, ex-pat travel, etc. They often have negotiated rates with the carriers due to volume they are able to book on that carrier.

Hope this helps.
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RE: Cheapest Way To Panama From EWR? A Little Help

Tue Aug 09, 2005 2:25 am

Well, there's always the shoe string express!!  laughing 

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RE: Cheapest Way To Panama From EWR? A Little Help

Tue Aug 09, 2005 12:43 pm

Vuelo de ida
Copa Airlines CM803
Económica New York, USA (Kennedy)
Panamá, Panamá (Tocumen) sáb, 11 feb
05:00
10:10
(5h 10m)
Vuelo de retorno
Copa Airlines CM804
Económica Panamá, Panamá (Tocumen)
New York, USA (Kennedy) jue, 16 feb
19:30
00:43 (+1)
(5h 13m)
Precio del pasaje
Tipo Viajero Neto Impuestos y sobrecargos Total
Adulto: 1 USD 566.00 USD 130.65 USD 696.65 Por persona
Total: USD 696.65

Direct flight. But expensive.

My advise, try AV.
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