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erkoehler
05-05-2006, 11:39 PM
Where do you guys find the best deals on airfare?

I've checked priceline, travelocity, and orbitz.

east tx skier
05-05-2006, 11:49 PM
Where are you going? Check Airtran. Dirt cheap and all new Boeing 717s.

atlfootr
05-05-2006, 11:51 PM
I was once married to a stew, here's some inside info ...

Call airport 1hr before flight departures, they always over book the planes.
Also, not everyone shows up ... fly stand by as well

If, your ever on a flight that's overbooked offer to stay behind (give up seat)
usually they will comp you a FREE round trip ticket anywhere they fly.

Good Luck

erkoehler
05-05-2006, 11:59 PM
I am going from either Chicago Midway or Chicago O'hare to Portland, Maine.


I can't take the risk of flying standby, since I HAVE to be there on the 8th of June, and after the 19th of August I don't have a place to stay.

atlfootr
05-06-2006, 12:05 AM
I am going from either Chicago Midway or Chicago O'hare to Portland, Maine.
I can't take the risk of flying standby, since I HAVE to be there on the 8th of June, and after the 19th of August I don't have a place to stay.Guess then, if I were you - I'd leave a week early.
Thought you were stay'n in the "girls cabin" ;) Or was that only after "lights out"?

Footin
05-06-2006, 12:19 AM
Why not drive?

ski_king
05-06-2006, 12:24 AM
I use travelocity for work. Looks like about $322 round trip.
I would have guessed around $250.00.

east tx skier
05-06-2006, 12:25 AM
Erk, gas will run you between $400-$500 assuming 16 mpg and a minimum of $3 per gallon (at $3 per gallon it was a bit over $400.

erkoehler
05-06-2006, 12:33 AM
I use travelocity for work. Looks like about $322 round trip.
I would have guessed around $250.00.


What are you putting in to get $322 from travelocity? I can't get it to come up that low.

Leroy
05-06-2006, 01:04 AM
Looks like $300 on www.nwa.com (http://www.nwa.com) or 47k miles for free ticket.

erkoehler
05-06-2006, 01:23 AM
Those are some long flights Leroy :) I'll see if the camp will pick me up at 11pm from the airport. If so, NWA is where I'll be. The cheapest so far.....

bigmac
05-06-2006, 07:31 AM
Those are some long flights Leroy :) I'll see if the camp will pick me up at 11pm from the airport. If so, NWA is where I'll be. The cheapest so far.....

Those low fare tickets at NWA tend to go pretty fast - better jump soon if you're gonna do it. Also, pick your return flight carefully - if you have to change it, it'll cost you $100.

wakesport
05-06-2006, 08:08 AM
I don't see $300 on NW but here is $315 Non stop Chicago to Portland on United.


Chicago, IL to Portland, ME: 897 miles 2 hrs 13 min

United Airlines Flight UA7410 on a Canadair RJ 700 (jet) in coach class
(operated by UNITED EXPRESS/MESA AIRLINES)
Departs Chicago, IL (ORD) Wed, June 7 9:15a 2 hrs 13 min
Arrives Portland, ME (PWM) 12:28p

Portland, ME to Chicago, IL: 897 miles 2 hrs 39 min

United Airlines Flight UA5697 on a Canadair RJ 700 (jet) in coach class
(operated by UNITED EXPRESS/GO JET)
Departs Portland, ME (PWM) Fri, Aug 18 7:10a 2 hrs 39 min
Arrives Chicago, IL (ORD) 8:49a

ski_king
05-06-2006, 08:51 AM
What are you putting in to get $322 from travelocity? I can't get it to come up that low.
Outbound Flight

Wed, Jun 07
9:15am Depart - Chicago-Ohare, IL (ORD) United 7410 operated by /UNITED EXPRESS/MESA AIRLINES Adult Fare Rules
12:28pm Arrive - Portland, ME (PWM) Nonstop
Total Travel Time: 2 hrs 13 min

Return Flight
Fri, Aug 18
1:35pm Depart - Portland, ME (PWM) United 5598 operated by /UNITED EXPRESS/GO JET Adult Fare Rules
3:14pm Arrive - Chicago-Ohare, IL (ORD) Nonstop
Total Travel Time: 2 hrs 39 min

1 adult = $ 277.21
Taxes and Fees = $ 39.89
Service Fee = $ 5.00
Total Price = $ 322.10

There were other simular flights also.

atlfootr
05-06-2006, 09:05 AM
Ski King,

You mustta been a travel agent .... in a previous life

OhioProstar
05-06-2006, 09:38 AM
Here you go $288:

http://www.farecompare.com/search/myAirportCategoryMap?departure=CHI&category=Domestic

Leroy
05-06-2006, 09:52 AM
I'm down to about 35k miles or I would get you a ticket ERK. I've used freq flyer for ~14 tickets over the past 3 years.



Those are some long flights Leroy :) I'll see if the camp will pick me up at 11pm from the airport. If so, NWA is where I'll be. The cheapest so far.....

ski_king
05-06-2006, 10:04 AM
I checked a number of sites, looks like about $320 everywhere when you include taxes and fees.

6ballsisall
05-06-2006, 10:26 AM
I think East mentioned it but check Airtran or ATA. Pretty sure both of them fly thru Chicago and from my experience they have some of the lowest prices for legs I typically do.

6ballsisall
05-06-2006, 10:28 AM
One more tip for you Erk. Reset Intenet Explorer often while shopping for fares. Often some of the major sites uses cookies to track the airfare you are shopping for. Ever noticed how you can check a ticket in the morning, check it in the afternoon from the same computer and the price will be different? Some of it's supply and demand but alot of the sites actually manipulate the fares based on the # of times you view that flight option. It gets you to buy because you get concerned when you see it going up.

east tx skier
05-06-2006, 10:49 AM
ATA doesn't go to ME. I already checked. It is cheap, but you typically have to go through Atlanta. But for those ocassions when you have more time than money, I've had great experience with them.

For the record, SWA doesn't go to ME either though they tend to fly everywhere else these days.

Larryp
05-06-2006, 12:10 PM
unfortunately work seems to have the cheapest airfare.

erkoehler
05-06-2006, 12:23 PM
JR, I noticed the price keeps going up, the round trip on travelocity is up to $400!!!! I am going to clean out all my IE files.

erkoehler
05-06-2006, 12:34 PM
I checked a number of sites, looks like about $320 everywhere when you include taxes and fees.





Thu, Jun 08
10:40am Depart - Chicago-Ohare, IL (ORD) United 7206 operated by /UNITED EXPRESS/MESA AIRLINES Adult Fare Rules

1:54pm Arrive - Portland, ME (PWM) Nonstop

Total Travel Time: 2 hrs 14 min




Return Flight


Sat, Aug 19
1:35pm Depart - Portland, ME (PWM) United 5598 operated by /UNITED EXPRESS/GO JET Adult Fare Rules

3:14pm Arrive - Chicago-Ohare, IL (ORD) Nonstop

Total Travel Time: 2 hrs 39 min



Total Price $402.10

Can somebody link me to a page that has these low $300 something price????

RackAtak
05-06-2006, 12:39 PM
It's only May 6th...he's not leaving until June 8th...this could be a long, long thread...

As an alternative maybe you could look into buying a plane since the boat is sold.

erkoehler
05-06-2006, 12:43 PM
It's only May 6th...he's not leaving until June 8th...this could be a long, long thread...

As an alternative maybe you could look into buying a plane since the boat is sold.


No, not quite.....gotta buy the ticket this weekend. I just can't figure out why some people are finding non-stop prices at $322ish and I can't pull anything up under $400 round trip.

Farmer Ted
05-06-2006, 12:52 PM
No, not quite.....gotta buy the ticket this weekend. I just can't figure out why some people are finding non-stop prices at $322ish and I can't pull anything up under $400 round trip.


try calling a travel agent and see if they can get you an unpublished fare

erkoehler
05-06-2006, 01:15 PM
$425 from the local travel agent... :mad: Looks like I might have to bite the bullet on this one, if it wasn't 18 hours drive time then I would take the truck. But, driving solo thats a long way.

wakesport
05-06-2006, 03:59 PM
Eric:

go to:

ual.com


I still see that United has a $317 non stop flight if you leave on June 7 and return on Aug 18

Farmer Ted
05-06-2006, 04:36 PM
$425 from the local travel agent... :mad: Looks like I might have to bite the bullet on this one, if it wasn't 18 hours drive time then I would take the truck. But, driving solo thats a long way.


did you call more than one?

did you call the airlines directly?

are you having second thoughts about leaving home for the summer?

Be cautious if they only have kool aide to drink...... :uglyhamme

Farmer Ted
05-06-2006, 04:45 PM
$134 bucks round trip.....if you do the 7 day advance purchase otherwise it will run you $280


https://www.greyhound.com


buy a pillow and an I-Pod

ski_king
05-06-2006, 05:43 PM
Can somebody link me to a page that has these low $300 something price????
http://travel.travelocity.com/flights/AirSearch.do;jsessionid=A59EF6C6CFE7A3A7F4C2B917A5 52A1BE.p0346?SEQ=1146948064723462006

$134 bucks round trip.....if you do the 7 day advance purchase otherwise it will run you $280


https://www.greyhound.com


buy a pillow and an I-Pod
Take the bus and save the bucks.
Buy the IPodwith the money you save. Only problem is it is a 30 hour trip and the Ipod has a 15 hour battery.......

erkoehler
05-06-2006, 05:44 PM
did you call more than one?

did you call the airlines directly?

are you having second thoughts about leaving home for the summer?

Be cautious if they only have kool aide to drink...... :uglyhamme

Called 4 travel agents, all were more expensive than the internet. Nope, not having second thoughts.

wakesport
05-06-2006, 05:45 PM
Eric check your pm

erkoehler
05-06-2006, 05:50 PM
Ski King, thanks that worked.

wakesport
05-06-2006, 06:23 PM
Chicago, IL (ORD) to Portland, ME (PWM)

317.10 USD per person
Leg Flight info Date Depart Arrive Stops
1 United Airlines 7410
(Operated by United Express/Mesa Airlines) Everyday low fares
about explus Jun 7 9:15 am ORD 12:28 pm PWM Non-stop
2 United Airlines 5598
(Operated by United Express/Go Jet Ord-Pwm) Everyday low fares
about explus Aug 19 1:35 pm PWM 3:14 pm ORD Non-stop

http://www.united.com/

USC8791
05-07-2006, 07:27 PM
Check out the Snowbird website. The left side of the screen has the airfare link for their travel reservations. It automatically defaults to Salt Lake City as the destination but you can change it. Depending on the flight I've found rates cheaper than most of the discount web pages (travelocity etc...).

www.snowbird.com

Datdude
05-08-2006, 04:43 PM
Are you going to be locked inside the camp when you are out there? I would be totally at a loss if I did not have a vehicle to drive. I went to college in New Jersey and had a 14 hour drive alone and it was not that bad. Red Bull could be your copilot if you wanted to drive :friday:

M-Funf
05-08-2006, 05:00 PM
I'd have trouble without a car as well, but I'm sure the camp has some cars he could use...

I think the bus is the best deal. Kick back and read a book...it will be easier to get your gear on a bus, too. :headbang:

erkoehler
05-09-2006, 01:54 AM
My truck will be spending the summer in Minocqua, with my brother :mad: Atleast not having it there will keep the gas costs down:)

As far as the bus....I could just stay home and fly and make more money in that extra time that I would have been sitting on the bus.

So, to good old O'hare airport it is....6am flight :eek:

The camp does have vans for counselors to use during the course of the summer.

BrianM
05-09-2006, 09:14 AM
The camp is not arranging and paying your airfare? Hmm. The camp I worked for did.

erkoehler
05-09-2006, 11:00 AM
The camp is not arranging and paying your airfare? Hmm. The camp I worked for did.


No, travel expenses are at my cost.

BrianM
05-09-2006, 01:42 PM
No, travel expenses are at my cost.

Ouch !!