JCC So I'm fantasy vacationing on expedia....

Discussion in 'Community' started by KissMeImARebel, Jul 19, 2014.

  1. KissMeImARebel Force Ghost

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    So if I fly from Boston to Munich, I can fly nonstop on Lufthansa for about $1250 round trip.

    But if I want to go to Poland from from Boston, there are no nonstop flights, but I can fly a Boston-Munich-Krakow 1 stop flight that costs $1050 AND the Boston-Munich leg is literally the same flight numbers as those in the the above scenario.

    Okay, I get it: nonstop flights get to be more expense because no one likes stopovers. This isn't anything new to me.

    But what I've always wanted to know is -- if I really wanted to go to Munich as my final destination -- could I theoretically buy the $1050 Boston to Krakow ticket, and then just get off at Munich (and back on again there when returning)? I feel like there would be some kind of sneaky way the airlines would prevent this but I'm curious. [face_thinking]
  2. Ender Sai Chosen One

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    Wait, are you saying you want to go to Munich and Krakow?
  3. dp4m Chosen One

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    Hi! If you want cheap-ass flight routings, you've come to the right place...

    First, as to the last part: you don't want to do that. Getting off at Munich and not continuing to Krakow will typically void the rest of your journey. It's a totally valid strategy in some cases, but these are either a) one-way tickets where you never have any intention of continuing on to the final destination or b) a round-trip where you do it on the return-leg because you want to end up in a different city than you started (or just did some funky routing).

    Second, when do you want to go? Are you flexible with your dates? Are you traveling alone? Are you willing to make stops? If so, how many? etc.
  4. Diggy Force Ghost

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    Two Lesbians. Probably sisters. I'm just watching.
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  5. solojones Chosen One

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    Can I hear more from Gareth, please?
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  6. KissMeImARebel Force Ghost

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    Okay this makes sense. So basically I could get off at Munich all well and good, but not continuing on to Krakow voids the rest of the ticket (including the return trip)? Like, I'd show up and they wouldn't give me my boarding passes?.[/quote]

    Oh this is purely hypothetical. I have no money atm. (Although I was choosing Poland because it's on my to see list). But I've wondered about this sort of strategy on and off for a while because I know how nonstop flights get jacked up.
  7. dp4m Chosen One

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    Yes, becoming a no-show for any portion of your itinerary will usually result in the cancellation of the rest of your itinerary, which is why you only do it on a return-leg of a round-trip or on a one-way fare where the through-fare is less (rarer these days, but still happens on occasion; usually on routing through hubs).
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  8. KissMeImARebel Force Ghost

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    I had a feeling it was too good to be true!
  9. Ender Sai Chosen One

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    Also, consider that you don't need to fly between somewhere like Munich and Poland; look into getting trains if cost is an issue on an international flight. Travelling by train in Europe is the best.
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  10. dp4m Chosen One

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    Trains are awesome. Now that I'm not a student, I want to try some non-budget overnight train options in Europe.
  11. CloneUncleOwen Force Ghost

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    Such as Venice Simplon-Orient-Express options?
  12. dp4m Chosen One

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    For sure, but even something simpler like the Moscow-St. Petersberg overnight which I've done before, or something like London to Eastern Europe via Switzerland.
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  13. Kiki-Gonn Chosen One

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    It beyond silly how they charge you less to further sometimes.
    Like DP said, you can take advantage of it sometimes.
  14. Ender Sai Chosen One

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    I got a 1st class train from Amsterdam to Köln and it's just shy of 3hrs. Same as Roma to Firenze.

    It's the best.
  15. dp4m Chosen One

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    I'm doing Acela tomorrow from NYC to BOS, so will be interesting.
  16. I Are The Internets Chosen One

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    My parents are travelling in Europe end of August. They won't bring me. Wah wah wah.
  17. MarcusP2 Games and Community Reaper

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    I did this already, boring trip. :p

    (I'm sure you'll be in the high roller car with Peter King, I was not.)
  18. GrandAdmiralJello Moderator Communitatis Litterarumque

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    Also, you'd have to travel only with carry-ons if you were to leave at a connecting destination. :p

    If you're entertained by finding cheap indirect flights though, consider doing some random journey that takes you via a really long and inefficient route which could also be cheaper (though not always; multiple legs can also just end up being pricey too). But like, consider flying Aeroflot and going to Moscow and then back to Krakow. . You know, if it's still allowed to use that airline.
  19. Ender Sai Chosen One

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    Jello, the train option is better. Not everyone can afford a private jet like you!
  20. Jabbadabbado Manager Emeritus

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    Ya really enjoy the trains although I'm flying from Vienna to Amsterdam in a few weeks.
  21. dp4m Chosen One

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    Don't go via the Ukraine.
  22. Jabbadabbado Manager Emeritus

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    I'm good at landing in cities following a national tragedy. I did that in Oslo a few summers ago and it was awkward.
  23. Ender Sai Chosen One

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    I want to hear @Jabba-wocky 's views on travelling via train. I suspect the excitement of steam travel was big in the 1800s, when he was alive.