flyenthu
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Travelling To CCU From US 2x Yearly

Sun Jan 19, 2014 2:26 am

Hi A.netters:

I am here to get some advise and recommendations from you. Due to family reasons I now will have to travel to CCU (Kolkata) twice a year for several years into the future from the US. All this while, I have not had any airline loyalty even though I fly that route at least once a year. I usually take Emirates, Singapore, or Qatar. I used to take BA, but they stopped flying into CCU. I prefer a one-stop flight. Being that it is CCU, I do not have too many options. In fact I do not have any European connection options. My only one stop options are Emirates or Qatar. I realize that I will have to be flexible be open to two-stop options.

Can you suggest some routings and loyalty programs that will be beneficial to me in the long run? I fly from IAH in the US.

Thank you for your time!

Flyenthu
 
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RE: Travelling To CCU From US 2x Yearly

Sun Jan 19, 2014 2:31 am

If you are in IAH then ultimately EK or QR seem like you best option, presuming that you are happy with continuing to fly with them.

While I prefer EK, for your circumstances QR might be a better option because they are a member of OneWorld. Therefore if you are to attain status with QR you would receive reciprocal benefits with other airlines, including AA. While flying IAH-DFW-xxx on domestic trips might be a pain, if you chose EK you wouldn't have your status recognised on any American airline.
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flyenthu
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RE: Travelling To CCU From US 2x Yearly

Sun Jan 19, 2014 3:58 am

Thanks RyanAir. Yes, QR with Oneworld is a good bet. I flew QR for the first time last July and really liked it. It also had decent fares. I just checked EK and saw that it has partnered with Air Alaska, Virgin America, and JetBlue. So, I might potentially be able to use EK miles for domestic purposes.
 
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RE: Travelling To CCU From US 2x Yearly

Wed Jan 29, 2014 11:58 pm

RyanGuru,

Any reason for EK preference over QR?

Thanks.
 
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RE: Travelling To CCU From US 2x Yearly

Thu Jan 30, 2014 2:31 pm

Quoting flyenthu (Reply 3):
Any reason for EK preference over QR?

DXB airport for one thing is better. Other than that they are both solid airlines without being great.

If you want *A is TK not an option IAH-IST-CCU?? I'm surprised if they don't fly to CCU yet.
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RE: Travelling To CCU From US 2x Yearly

Thu Jan 30, 2014 3:15 pm

TK does not fly to CCU. I heard that were considering, but so far no movement. The J class yields are very poor for CCU.
 
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RE: Travelling To CCU From US 2x Yearly

Sun Feb 02, 2014 3:43 am

I just flew ORD-EWR-DEL on UA two weeks ago. I went to CCU by train, but could just as easily have flown on AI or 9W. Unfortunately there are no *A carriers from DEL to CCU though.

BTW- this was my first trip to CCU and I really loved the city! Will be going back again soon.
 
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RE: Travelling To CCU From US 2x Yearly

Thu Feb 06, 2014 12:30 am

Quoting copter808 (Reply 6):
I just flew ORD-EWR-DEL on UA two weeks ago.

How was EWR-DEL? Meaning how long, food, IFE, service?

Also, how was DEL-CCU on a train? Thank you!
 
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RE: Travelling To CCU From US 2x Yearly

Thu Feb 06, 2014 8:40 pm

The flight was nothing special and I think I slept most of it. Think it was somewhere around 12-14 hours. Food was ok. IFE was ok because it was a CO airframe, not UA. Service was good.

Train was a 4-berth sleeper with decent service and food. Think it left DEL around 4pm and arrived CCU around 9am. I don't remember the cost, but it was very reasonable--read CHEAP by US standards. My 2 travel companions book their first class tickets about 90 days out, or as soon as the trains started accepting reservations. Alternatively, you might book with local travel agent.

WARNING: If you go by rail and get to the DEL train station there will be hawkers who will offer to help and tell you the train is late or cancelled. Just not so politely tell them to F-off!!! Most travel agents will warn you of this ahead of time.

I have plans to join my friends in DEL around March 30 for the train back to BOM which they raved about. We then plan to fly back to the US on UA.

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