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Posted: 11/23/2003 5:12:17 PM EDT
He REALLY wants me there and I do also but the plane ticket is $900 with a $30 cab fee from the airport to the base and at first, there was no room on base for me and hubby cannot leave base but now there is room for me. So I reserved a room. His bunk mate offered to pay for my ticket but I feel wierd taking it. Hubby said bunk mate's fiance will call me with $ arrangements but hubby said if they flake out to NOT come becase we may have to purchase a ticket just for hubby to come home for Christmas, due to some sort of security lay over. Any opinions or advice?
Link Posted: 11/23/2003 5:17:15 PM EDT
Why have you not shopped for your ticket on the net & found a cheap one? Southwest Airlines seems to be the cheaper carrier these days. You don't HAVE to leave at 8am, you CAN leave at 4am in order to save a few hundred $$$$, IMO.

Try fare saver dot com, among others.

Good luck.
Link Posted: 11/23/2003 5:19:53 PM EDT
Bus or car would be a lot cheaper.


It would be nice if you could be there though.

It felt weird for me when I graduated from boot camp, I was the only one there that didn't have a family member there.

So if you can make it, go....
Link Posted: 11/23/2003 5:31:38 PM EDT
How about a virtual garage sale fund raiser?

I'll buy one round of the .223 you have for a $1
Just tell me where to send the money! And hurry!


Link Posted: 11/23/2003 5:34:10 PM EDT
BE SURE to tell us what fare you get shopping around. You might even start a separate thread asking one of the resident wizards to find you a cheap flight and THEN tell us how much it is. No telling what might happen.
Link Posted: 11/23/2003 5:40:39 PM EDT
i'm in for a few dollars since i didn't have any family there when i graduated boot.
Link Posted: 11/23/2003 5:41:31 PM EDT

Originally Posted By BobCole:
Why have you not shopped for your ticket on the net & found a cheap one? Southwest Airlines seems to be the cheaper carrier these days. You don't HAVE to leave at 8am, you CAN leave at 4am in order to save a few hundred $$$$, IMO.

Try fare saver dot com, among others.

Good luck.



Tried faresaver.com & got the same quote. Gonna try cheaptickets.com again to see if a red eye is cheaper.
Link Posted: 11/23/2003 5:50:50 PM EDT
How about....


from www.amtrak.com
Service From To Departs Arrives Accommodations

8704 Phoenix Greyhound Station Flagstaff 11/30/03 11:05pm 12/01/03 2:15am Reserved Thruway

4 Flagstaff Chicago 12/01/03 6:34am 12/02/03
3:20pm Reserved Coach

30 Chicago Washington-Union Station 12/02/03
5:35pm 12/03/03 12:24pm Reserved Coach

91 Washington-Union Station Columbia 12/03/03
4:35pm 12/04/03 2:48am Reserved Coach
Rail Fare: $ 289.25
Accommodations Price: $ 0.00
TOTAL FARE:
$289.25



Link Posted: 11/23/2003 5:52:09 PM EDT
Try AirTran.com
Link Posted: 11/23/2003 5:54:24 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/23/2003 5:58:31 PM EDT by JustAGirl]

Originally Posted By GunnyG:
How about....


from www.amtrak.com
Service From To Departs Arrives Accommodations

8704 Phoenix Greyhound Station Flagstaff 11/30/03 11:05pm 12/01/03 2:15am Reserved Thruway

4 Flagstaff Chicago 12/01/03 6:34am 12/02/03
3:20pm Reserved Coach

30 Chicago Washington-Union Station 12/02/03
5:35pm 12/03/03 12:24pm Reserved Coach

91 Washington-Union Station Columbia 12/03/03
4:35pm 12/04/03 2:48am Reserved Coach
Rail Fare: $ 289.25
Accommodations Price: $ 0.00
TOTAL FARE:
$289.25






I would love to but I can't take that much time off work to get there. I have to be there by the 2nd at night for family day on the 3rd and graduation is the 4th.
Link Posted: 11/23/2003 6:07:02 PM EDT
Got a friend (who wants to meet a newly minted soldier) who has a driver's license and a good driving record, to share a cross country roadtrip? One sleeps while the other drives, then trade off. No motels are needed (until you get there, nudge nudge, wink wink). And you'll have a car when you get there to get around.

Figure on 33 hours one way (2030 mi/60 mph)
Link Posted: 11/23/2003 7:22:41 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/23/2003 7:24:22 PM EDT by rn45]
Check the trains. They may have a schedule that fits. Also try Expedia.com. $900.00 is an awful lot for a plane ticket. You could rent a car and drive, stay at a motel, etc. for a lot less. Be very careful about letting someone else lend you the money for a ticket as there are those in the service that make a handy living loan sharking.
Link Posted: 11/23/2003 7:25:45 PM EDT
just put it on your credit card and worry about paying for it later....its one of those things that are 'just worth it' imo
Link Posted: 11/23/2003 7:49:02 PM EDT
Link Posted: 11/23/2003 9:08:47 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Troy: Once you are under the 21-day pre-booking window, prices for air-fare jump dramatically, and there isn't much you can do about it. You could *try* PriceLine, but you'll never know if you'll get something. -Troy
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That's what I thought. Too bad I couldn't get a ticket in advance but it's not a good idea since he may not have graduated. Actually it's a good thing I didn't cuz they changed the grad dates anyway. I figure the price I got is as low as it gets. I want to be there for him and the event too. I am just so very proud of him and any others that do this.
Link Posted: 11/23/2003 9:10:28 PM EDT
I'm not married so I can only imagine myself in that situation. I put myself in your husband's position and I believe he would really love to have you there and it would really mean the world to him.
Link Posted: 11/23/2003 9:16:51 PM EDT
From what I read, it doesnt look like you bought a ticket yet. what state/city do you need to fly into, etc, etc? IM sent to you as well.
Link Posted: 11/23/2003 9:40:15 PM EDT
Lets start a fund raiser! I'm in for $10 Anything to help out a fellow military family.
Link Posted: 11/24/2003 2:13:35 AM EDT
Originally Posted By TopCrest: From what I read, it doesnt look like you bought a ticket yet. what state/city do you need to fly into, etc, etc? IM sent to you as well.
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I'm guessing departing from Phoenix, and definitely arriving at Columbia SC (Ft Jackson) Please IM me w/ an address where I can send a donation to.
Link Posted: 11/24/2003 3:26:45 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/24/2003 3:28:15 AM EDT by Synister1]
Orbitz $696 12/2 - 12/5 But I'd recommend the train if you can not afford to fly. It will take longer but being there is the world to him. As he said tho if need be don't go. But it's really upto you and you could make it up to him when he gets home.
Link Posted: 11/24/2003 3:58:57 AM EDT
You need to fly into Charlotte NC. Rent a car there. 1.5 hrs to Columbia from there. I bet you save 3-400 bucks that way. If you need any help while in Columbia, call on me. Columbia is notorious for high fares. The car should cost about what the cab does.
Link Posted: 11/24/2003 4:15:45 AM EDT
I wish I could help, I so think you should be there. I will keep track of this thread...
Link Posted: 11/24/2003 4:23:10 AM EDT
it sucked not having anyone there. get there if you can. It is a great day but very lonley by yourself.
Link Posted: 11/24/2003 5:03:57 AM EDT
i was luckey to have my fam there when i graduated.i know how the guys that didnt have anyone there felt. im in for $20. let know when/were to send it. thanks ray
Link Posted: 11/24/2003 5:32:59 AM EDT
Im in for $20 if we do this. No reason why you shouldnt be able to see him.
Link Posted: 11/24/2003 5:38:50 AM EDT
I'm in for $25.00..... DaveS and I promise to cover ProfGAB101's $20.00 and even send him his .458SOCOM upper before Christmas!
Link Posted: 11/24/2003 5:44:22 AM EDT
unwanted advice: spend the money on a vacation together when he gets back. graduation from boot just isnt that big of a deal when its that much money. the $$ is better spent getting reaqquainted far from your family, kids, the army, and your jobs..... just my .02c he cant see you in the crowd. you wont recognize him so just let him "turn to" and step off to the bus station and then you guys spend 4 days on a beach somewhere sipping margaritas and catching up
Link Posted: 11/24/2003 5:46:11 AM EDT
i too graduated boot camp with no one there for me. i'm in for $20. just give me a paypal addy.
Link Posted: 11/24/2003 5:57:23 AM EDT
$900.00........... This is a BOOT camp graduation, NOT Harvard.. [rolleyes] Save the $$ for his leave........ (Even if it's "free" money, it's STILL $$!}
Link Posted: 11/24/2003 8:08:49 AM EDT
I dont have a map handy, but would a flight into Raleigh/Duram (spelling?) help at all?
Link Posted: 11/24/2003 8:32:09 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/24/2003 8:34:02 PM EDT by JustAGirl]
Should I have donations sent to my mailing address? I dont have paypal..[:\]
Link Posted: 11/24/2003 8:45:06 PM EDT
I ain't touchin' this wif a ten foot pole... It's like the "Third Rail", of politics.... Or a [s]Jes[/s]........... Never mind...
Link Posted: 11/24/2003 8:48:37 PM EDT
Originally Posted By liberty86: I ain't touchin' this wif a ten foot pole... It's like the "Third Rail", of politics.... Or a [s]Jes[/s]........... Never mind...
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[>:/] I don't understand?!?!?
Link Posted: 11/24/2003 8:49:33 PM EDT
like someone said, see if you can get a cheaper fair into charlotte or greenville
Link Posted: 11/24/2003 8:54:51 PM EDT
Originally Posted By -Absolut-: like someone said, see if you can get a cheaper fair into charlotte or greenville
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I guess I'm gonna fly into TX, then to SC. I have done ALOT of research and I can't get any cheaper. I'm just gonna have to do it.
Link Posted: 11/24/2003 8:58:26 PM EDT
Being an armed services dependent, you might be able to hop a miltary flight for free? A buddy and I are looking onto this to take an impromptu trip to FL or CA just for kicks.
Link Posted: 11/24/2003 9:04:54 PM EDT
Originally Posted By JustAGirl:
Originally Posted By -Absolut-: like someone said, see if you can get a cheaper fair into charlotte or greenville
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I guess I'm gonna fly into TX, then to SC. I have done ALOT of research and I can't get any cheaper. I'm just gonna have to do it.
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if it wasn't the week before finals, i would offer transportation......if you need a ride, try posting in the carolina's hometown forum, we have several other active SC members here
Link Posted: 11/24/2003 10:14:35 PM EDT
My son is at Shaw, about an hour away from Columbia. Columbia is notoriously expensive airfare wise. Charlotte, NC is a minor hub and is less than 2 hours away. Charleston,SC is about 3 hours away, Atlanta, GA is about 4 hours away and if you can't find a cheap flight into Atlanta. Savannah is about 4 hours away. You ought to be able to find a good deal into one of them. Rental Cars are about $40/day, see if there are any recruit graduation good deals through SATO (Scheduled Airlines Ticket Office, call your local base if any) most bases have them.
Link Posted: 11/25/2003 12:21:24 PM EDT
Ditto's on Atlanta. It is a major east coast hub. When we east coasters die we have to catch a connecting flight to our final destination in Atlanta. I can tell you you can make Ft. Jackson from Atlanta in 3 hours easy. I could regularly get to Columbia SC, (where my wife was) from Ft. Benning (where I graduated the Benning School for Boys) in a bit over 4 hours.
Link Posted: 11/25/2003 12:33:01 PM EDT
Travelocity has a rate of appx $350 from Phoenix to Charlotte on ATA. I did a search using Dec 3 departure and dec 6 return. Add a rental car and you are still under $500. Add a bus ticket instead of the rental car and you are closer to $400. Also, get a damn paypal account setup. Jesus, it's easy and you will never get the funds in time via US mail.
Link Posted: 11/25/2003 12:43:10 PM EDT
How long have you known the graduation date?????
Link Posted: 11/25/2003 12:47:55 PM EDT
NINE HUNDRED BUCKS??? What are they doing, making a stopover in Paris on the way? That's ABSURD! Check some other airlines! Really! I can't believe there's not a much cheaper air fare for you. Ever considered shipping yourself as air freight? [BD] CJ
Link Posted: 11/25/2003 12:49:23 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Valkyrie: Being an armed services dependent, you might be able to hop a miltary flight for free? A buddy and I are looking onto this to take an impromptu trip to FL or CA just for kicks.
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That's it! Space-A travel! (Space available) Check on that! Contact your local military base and see what can be done along these lines. As you're a military wife, you ARE eligible. CJ
Link Posted: 11/25/2003 12:59:31 PM EDT
Originally Posted By cmjohnson: NINE HUNDRED BUCKS??? What are they doing, making a stopover in Paris on the way? That's ABSURD! Check some other airlines! Really! I can't believe there's not a much cheaper air fare for you. Ever considered shipping yourself as air freight? [BD] CJ
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It's not the airline necessarily. It's the Columbia SC destination. Charlotte is waaayyy cheaper. See above post.
Link Posted: 11/25/2003 1:17:16 PM EDT
[url]www.armywives.com[/url] Scroll down to "Space A" on the left. Space A travel planning takes time, patentice and money.
Link Posted: 11/25/2003 6:04:38 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/25/2003 6:11:42 PM EDT by PaDanby]
Space A into Shaw is almost impossible. It's an F-16 base. Charleston gets some. Pope up at Fayetteville gets some. Check the ATA website, my wife just got a $79 each way Los Angeles to Indianapolis a while back. I just did a quick check on ATA leaving 12/02 Phoenix to Charlotte, returning 12/05 $390 and change. The Phoenix to Charlotte was a red eye with change in Chicago but the return looked reasonable.
Link Posted: 11/25/2003 7:52:33 PM EDT
Originally Posted By cmjohnson:
Originally Posted By Valkyrie: Being an armed services dependent, you might be able to hop a miltary flight for free? A buddy and I are looking onto this to take an impromptu trip to FL or CA just for kicks.
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That's it! Space-A travel! (Space available) Check on that! Contact your local military base and see what can be done along these lines. As you're a military wife, you ARE eligible. CJ
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Her husband hasnt even completed AIT yet therefore i doubt she has been issued an ID for being a spouse. That rules out Space A. I also believe the military member of the family must be present during all space A travel
Link Posted: 11/26/2003 5:49:58 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Hoplite:
Originally Posted By cmjohnson:
Originally Posted By Valkyrie: Being an armed services dependent, you might be able to hop a miltary flight for free? A buddy and I are looking onto this to take an impromptu trip to FL or CA just for kicks.
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That's it! Space-A travel! (Space available) Check on that! Contact your local military base and see what can be done along these lines. As you're a military wife, you ARE eligible. CJ
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Her husband hasnt even completed AIT yet therefore i doubt she has been issued an ID for being a spouse. That rules out Space A. I also believe the military member of the family must be present during all space A travel
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I already have an I.D.
Link Posted: 11/26/2003 5:50:48 PM EDT
now im even more screwed. had to buy a 1,038 ticket!
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