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no luck!!! can i get some help?

skyteam:
2 adult
depart: aug, 28
from: NYC- anywhere in Europe excluding swiss/paris/venice

depart aug 29 @ night or aug. 30
from: anywhere in europe excluding swiss/paris/venice - TLV

direct

return: i have tht booked, so either a one way or any random date!!
basically need help for routing with availability


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Skyteam?
Delta miles?
I don't think you are able to do one-way with a stopover on ST.

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2 Adults
7/13  JFK-HKG  10:05am - 2:05pm +1   CX841
7/24  HKG-JFK  6:30pm - 10:25am +1   CX 846

I have these tickets on hold with AA  and am having a hard time finding in between flights:

I want to be in HKG for Shabbos either one - doesn't matter

Want to be in MLE for 5 days +/- 1 and other Shabbos
looks like only airline that flies directly HKG-MLE is Singapore Air. Seems like biggest stopover is SIN, i dont mind stopping there for a day (actually would be nice to be there for a day if possible but not needed)


My JFK-HKG-JFK i have in business, from what i hear the difference between biz and F is the same difference from coach to biz. I couldn't seem to find F availability, any tips or tricks?

Have Amex/SPG/CO/AA Points - I dont mind paying if need be but would rather use points


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First off, I may be wrong, but that "direct" flight HKG-MLE actually does stop in SIN, and they just call it direct, but I'm not sure.

I didn't check availability, but can I suggest taking 2 OWs? Maybe OWorld there, and if Singapore has availability, *A back on Singapore?
Or vice versa.
That way, there is only one stop on the way back.

(This obviously won't work if you want to stop in SIN for more than 24hrs.)

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@yosef

No! I Have a flt. on delta from tlv to nyc on aug.5
I'm trying to workout my return!

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interesting, excuse my ignorance, but can you point me in the right direction for a OW ticket? and the advantage i would have is not having to pay for that second leg?

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OW= one way. The advantage is using two different alliances; you get to fly CX there, and only one stop back.

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As I got so many responses, I decided to try once again my luck:

YYZ-CDG on 6 or 7 September

CDG-YYZ 14, 15 or 16 September

1 seat, preferably First, otherwise Business class, max 1 stop.

Thanks
20:50 7 Jul
08:40 8 Jul
Toronto
Heathrow (London)
BA0098
First
Only 4 reward flight seat(s) left in this class
--layover--
10:45 8 Sep
13:00 8 Sep
Heathrow (London)
Charles de Gaulle (Paris)
BA0308
Club Europe
Only 2 reward flight seat(s) left in this class

RETURN:
12:20 15 Sep
12:40 15 Sep
Charles de Gaulle (Paris)
Heathrow (London)
BA0309
Club Europe
 --layover--
16:15 15 Sep
18:50 15 Sep
Heathrow (London)
Toronto
BA0099
First
Only 5 reward flight seat(s) left in this class
 
OR
Return on the 14th,, with shorter layover in LHR, but only one seat left:
13:50 14 Sep
14:05 14 Sep
Charles de Gaulle (Paris)
Heathrow (London)
BA0315
Club Europe
Only 1 reward flight seat(s) left in this class
--layover--
16:15 14 Sep
18:50 14 Sep
Heathrow (London)
Toronto
BA0099
First
Only 4 reward flight seat(s) left in this class

I'm pretty sure that BA only operates 2-cabin AC between LHR and CDG, so the lhe Europe leg will be in Biz (Club).
You may need to call in to have them book, as the flight was only coming up when searching leg-by-leg. (I think it may come up as two RTs; YYZ-LHR in F, and LHR-CDG in J.)

Either way, SF, you a little off your game ;) ?


« Last Edit: June 17, 2011, 05:15:34 PM by YOSEF »

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One way/Round trip:  round trip
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: One
From: All airports from which you can depart: ORD
To: TLV
Departure dates: Sept 18
Return Date: Sep 21 at night or 22nd in morning
Class: First/Business/Coach/Any: Biz
Total number of people traveling over the age of 2: 1 seat
Alliance/Airline: CO/UA

Thanks!
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2 Adults
7/13  JFK-HKG  10:05am - 2:05pm +1   CX841
7/24  HKG-JFK  6:30pm - 10:25am +1   CX 846

I have these tickets on hold with AA  and am having a hard time finding in between flights:

I want to be in HKG for Shabbos either one - doesn't matter

Want to be in MLE for 5 days +/- 1 and other Shabbos
looks like only airline that flies directly HKG-MLE is Singapore Air. Seems like biggest stopover is SIN, i dont mind stopping there for a day (actually would be nice to be there for a day if possible but not needed)


My JFK-HKG-JFK i have in business, from what i hear the difference between biz and F is the same difference from coach to biz. I couldn't seem to find F availability, any tips or tricks?

Have Amex/SPG/CO/AA Points - I dont mind paying if need be but would rather use points


Why go to the Maldives if you can go to Bora Bora? ;)

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Why go to the Maldives if you can go to Bora Bora? ;)
So it looks like it will be Male after all.

Looking for opinions on which is the better way to get there. (Feel free if you've got something better)
Option 1:
Wed 7/13, AA4596, LGA-YYZ, 21:45-23:25, Business Class
Thurs 7/14, CX829, YYZ-HKG, 1:40-5:00+1 day
3 nights in Hong Kong
Mon 7/18, SQ859, HKG-SIN, 10:30-14:10, Business Class
1 night in Singapore
Tue 7/19, SQ462, SIN-MLE, 9:45-11:10, 1 Business Class, 1 Economy
6 nights in Male
Mon 7/25, UL461, MLE-CMB, 20:25-22:20, Business Class
Tue 7/26, CX710, CMB-HKG, 00:40-14:00,(1hour stop in SIN), Business Class
Tue 7/26, CX846, HKG-JFK, 18:30-22:25, First Class

Total cost per person:
135k AA for JFK-HKG/CMB-JFK
40k CO for SIN-MLE-SIN
~$235 for MLE-CMB

Option 2:
Tue 7/12, EK204, JFK-DXB, 11:20-8:05+1 day, Business Class
Wed 7/13, EK652, DXB-MLE, 9:45-15:00, Business Class
5 nights in MLE
Mon 7/18, EK653, MLE-DXB, 23:55-3:00+1 day, First Class
Tue 7/19, EK201, DXB-JFK, 8:30-14:15, First class A380

Total cost per passenger:
213,800k EK miles.

Thoughts?

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Hi,

I hope someone here can help me.

I'm looking to go (using OneWorld) on a multi-city flight in Economy for 2 passengers.

From: NYC (preferably EWR, but any is ok)
To: GLA
Date: 8/10/11

Return: VCE
To: NYC (again, preferably EWR depending on cost)
Date: 8/22/11

Dates are somewhat flexible. I hope someone can help me out.

Thanks!

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@ yosef: thanks a lot !!!

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So it looks like it will be Male after all.

Looking for opinions on which is the better way to get there. (Feel free if you've got something better)
Option 1:
Wed 7/13, AA4596, LGA-YYZ, 21:45-23:25, Business Class
Thurs 7/14, CX829, YYZ-HKG, 1:40-5:00+1 day
3 nights in Hong Kong
Mon 7/18, SQ859, HKG-SIN, 10:30-14:10, Business Class
1 night in Singapore
Tue 7/19, SQ462, SIN-MLE, 9:45-11:10, 1 Business Class, 1 Economy
6 nights in Male
Mon 7/25, UL461, MLE-CMB, 20:25-22:20, Business Class
Tue 7/26, CX710, CMB-HKG, 00:40-14:00,(1hour stop in SIN), Business Class
Tue 7/26, CX846, HKG-JFK, 18:30-22:25, First Class

Total cost per person:
135k AA for JFK-HKG/CMB-JFK
40k CO for SIN-MLE-SIN
~$235 for MLE-CMB

Option 2:
Tue 7/12, EK204, JFK-DXB, 11:20-8:05+1 day, Business Class
Wed 7/13, EK652, DXB-MLE, 9:45-15:00, Business Class
5 nights in MLE
Mon 7/18, EK653, MLE-DXB, 23:55-3:00+1 day, First Class
Tue 7/19, EK201, DXB-JFK, 8:30-14:15, First class A380

Total cost per passenger:
213,800k EK miles.

Thoughts?
Thanks for all the thought provoking ideas. ;)

It's looking like option 2 is going to be the one.

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Looking for cheap ticket tlv to ny one way July 27 Date is  very flexible