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Posted: 1/24/2002 6:37:13 PM EDT
Does anyone know of any good online places that have cheap international tickets. I'm looking from Detroit to Beijing, China. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks Kevin
Link Posted: 1/24/2002 6:52:56 PM EDT
thatd be a loooong flight
Link Posted: 1/24/2002 7:11:56 PM EDT
[url]www.hotwire.com[/url] is supposed to have good rates.
Link Posted: 1/24/2002 7:45:01 PM EDT
Find a Chinese grad student at a local university and find out where they get their tickets. There is probably a consolidator in your area that specialized in tickets to China and will be able to get them for $200-300 less than the airlines will quote you. Also consider Aeroflot or Asiana. I flew Aeroflot to Asia recently. There were over-night delays each way but the price was right. GunLvr
Link Posted: 1/24/2002 7:45:36 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/24/2002 7:46:57 PM EDT by Pontius]
There is no free ride, unfortunately. Realize that and the process becomes much easier. Northwest Airlines owns the Far East. Conveniently for you, you live in their prime international hub, and can go nonstop DTW-PEK. It'll be about a 13 hour haul. Making a connection in a third city, such as Tokyo or Minneapolis will not appreciably shorten that long leg but will only add to your level of fatique. Further, hotwire.com or other deep discount type websites in many cases will not tell you which airline you'll be flying on. For domestic travel this may be acceptable, but be VERY wary of this when traveling overseas. They may issue you a ticket on a foreign airline for all or part of the journey. Air China? China Eastern? Consider this - this is a communist coountry filled with a billion people of very short stature. What do you think the seat-pitch will be like on that airliner? Cattlecar. Might as well amputate your knees right now. Anyway, fly Northwest 87 and Northwest 88, buy it from [url]orbitz.com[/url], [url]expedia.com[/url], or minimum b.s. at [url]nwa.com[/url]. Note that many flights to Asia may operate only every other day, or 5 times a week, etc, so if you can't get the nonstop to come up try shifting your travel dates over a day or two. Just did a quicksearch for mid-february travel and came up with $763, and I haven't tried very hard yet. Stay at least a week or you'll pay at least twice as much. Any further questions?
Link Posted: 1/24/2002 7:49:48 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 1/24/2002 7:53:41 PM EDT
Also, consider that you'll earn 14,000 freguent flyer miles on this one trip alone. That is more than halfway to a free domestic ticket, so you ought to consider flying on a U.S airline. [soapbox] There are also certain factors in the Asian culture and economy that do not mesh well with aviation safety. There are reasons, for example, that Delta no longer codeshares with Korean Air. I'll leave it at that.
Link Posted: 1/24/2002 8:26:07 PM EDT
Bane, Check with a good local travel agent, they can and will hunt good deals for you*. They are as good as the on-line deals, they don't get a commission anymore, just a flat rate. Mine charges $15. She has made travel just as cheap or more so than the on-line shops and a lot more convient. Plus, she knows what's up. *Your dealing with someone local who rep is on you... Your going to get your tickets and reservations. No mistakes, computer flukes, ect. Safe trip !
Link Posted: 1/25/2002 5:03:03 AM EDT
Thank you all very much, it is appreciated. We're waiting to hear back from a couple of travel agents, but they didn't sound to promising. I think I will find a better deal online for some reason. Once again, thank you very much for all your help, it it more than appreciated. Kevin
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