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East Coast US To Bangladesh Options

Mon Jan 18, 2010 1:23 am

I live close to MDT, about halfway between IAD and EWR. JFK is possible, but entails a more exhausting drive. I have 67,000 miles with CO, with no real rush to use them, and some (less) miles with UA.

I would like to visit Bangladesh (DAC) some day.

Here are the options I have found, if I went this May for instance:

Use Qatar all the way, from IAD, changing in Doha. This sounds like the easiest option... but the transit time in Doha on the return is 20 hours! $1,400. Total time 23h to and 43h back.

Use Etihad all the way from JFK. The connections in AUH are on the skimpy side (90 minutes). $1,200. Total time 19h to and 21h back. Plus the tough drive.

Use CO from EWR to BOM or to DEL ($1,000), then connect to an Indian Airline, which sounds more fraught that sticking with one carrier.

Another option is to shoot for Kolkata, then take the very interesting train between CCU and DAC.

Since I can only take 10 days off from work, is this a crazy idea altogether, and better go to Suriname (my other current fantasy)?
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Loran
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RE: East Coast US To Bangladesh Options

Mon Jan 18, 2010 1:43 am

Just as an alternative to the options you have considered, it might be worth investigating if/when Biman will resume their JFK service. It might happen soon with introduction of more 777s, and would certainly would make the journey interesting, but there is always a risk of delays even on new aircraft, and you might loose some of your available 10 days.

If you go with CO, you would have to estimate another US$400+ for DEL-DAC return.

Btw, may I ask about that train service between CCU and DAC you mentioned? I like train rides and would certainly try it if I could. A good way to see the country outside of the cities.
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RE: East Coast US To Bangladesh Options

Mon Jan 18, 2010 4:14 am

Given that you have to drive anyways, here is what I can suggest.

Stick to Etihad airways, as it will at least ensure that your travel times are quick and that you have a choice of a good airline. A one stop option with Air India is available as well ( JFK - BOM - DAC and v.v). Connection times both ways decent.

Going to CCU and reaching there at 0100 hrs and then catch your train does not sound too appealing.

If you fly CO, you may have to use BOM again as they have a late night flight out of BOM to DAC.
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RE: East Coast US To Bangladesh Options

Mon Jan 18, 2010 4:59 am

I dont know how much he spent but a friend of mine here in MIA had to go to Bang. as his grandmother died over Christmas and flew MIA-LHR-DXB-DAC with AA and Emirates. I hope they got a good deal as a family of 6! So if you can get to London from somewhere close thats an option.
 
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RE: East Coast US To Bangladesh Options

Mon Jan 18, 2010 2:16 pm

Call it a bit of a strange option, but what about US PHL-LHR and the Biman to DAC. Would have a layover at LHR -but great for spotting. And if you want to avoid PHL or US, any of the LHR flights would work from EWR, IAD, etc.
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RE: East Coast US To Bangladesh Options

Tue Jan 19, 2010 12:58 am

Thank you, everyone, for the replies. If I had to decide now, I would probably go with Etihad, as it appears to be the option least likely to cause me trouble. Of course, Biman would be a lot of fun too - although I don't believe the 777 will have the flowered seats, he he he.

Quoting Loran (Reply 1):
Btw, may I ask about that train service
between CCU and DAC you mentioned?

See all you need to know here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maitree_Express
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