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02/15/2014 06:25:00 PM · #1
Sue ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' chambo and I are planning a holiday to the US in Sept / Oct 2014. We plan to stay in College Station, TX, for a few days then to Missouri, DC, VT and coming home via Seattle or Hawaii. Dates will be from 10th Sept to 3rd Oct. Apart from the 4 nights in College Station the remainder at this stage is fairly flexible.
Please let me know if you would like to GTG as we need to book and finalise accommodation.
02/15/2014 06:28:07 PM · #2
I'd be available for a DC gtg.
02/15/2014 07:00:38 PM · #3
Originally posted by vawendy:

I'd be available for a DC gtg.


Brilliant!
02/15/2014 09:53:44 PM · #4
I can do DC.
02/15/2014 09:55:45 PM · #5
Hey Jeb
02/15/2014 10:32:12 PM · #6
I'm in for DC as well (mentioned on FB, but thought I'd put it here too).
02/15/2014 11:48:10 PM · #7
Not to far from College Station in Fort Worth. What are you interested in for the days you are in Texas?

Ellen
02/15/2014 11:59:50 PM · #8
Originally posted by cowtownmom:

Not to far from College Station in Fort Worth. What are you interested in for the days you are in Texas?

Ellen


Hi Ellen, Just to meet as many of our DPC brothers and sisters as possible and of course to see some of the sites as well. A close friend lives there and we will be staying with her for 4 nights.

Life's too short...
02/16/2014 08:20:38 AM · #9
I am in the DC area.
02/16/2014 10:12:47 AM · #10
DC works for me (most of the time). It's been a long time since we did a DC GTG!
03/07/2014 03:01:40 AM · #11
Hi guys, just in the process of sorting flight details.
Can anyone recommend a couple of good domestic airlines.
03/07/2014 04:01:36 AM · #12
if you come through Hawaii, let me know. not sure how many would actually be in a gtg, though but i could at least point you in the right direction for things to visit/places to eat, etc.
03/07/2014 09:44:18 AM · #13
I can come to DC too.
03/07/2014 10:47:56 AM · #14
Originally posted by GregoryB:

Hi guys, just in the process of sorting flight details.
Can anyone recommend a couple of good domestic airlines.

Kayak is a good one-stop resource to compare flights.

Some carriers don't publish fares there, however, such as Southwest. We've been flying Southwest a lot lately. No baggage fees, and you can change your flight at any time and only pay the difference in cost (no change fees).

Virgin is another, and Jet Blue.

Best of luck!
03/07/2014 11:30:00 AM · #15
Originally posted by bohemka:

Originally posted by GregoryB:

Hi guys, just in the process of sorting flight details.
Can anyone recommend a couple of good domestic airlines.

Kayak is a good one-stop resource to compare flights.

Some carriers don't publish fares there, however, such as Southwest. We've been flying Southwest a lot lately. No baggage fees, and you can change your flight at any time and only pay the difference in cost (no change fees).

Virgin is another, and Jet Blue.

Best of luck!


Highly recommend Southwest!!! Look at the airports you want to connect to then find out what airlines go there...

For instance I know that Southwest is cheaper to go to Manchester, NH than Boston and the rental cars are also cheaper...(usually)
03/07/2014 11:51:02 AM · #16
Hey! Whatcha got against the west coast? ???

Also, re Southwest, just be aware that they don't have reserved seats. They board in groups and its a bit of a free for all
03/07/2014 02:43:45 PM · #17
Originally posted by tanguera:

Hey! Whatcha got against the west coast? ???

Also, re Southwest, just be aware that they don't have reserved seats. They board in groups and its a bit of a free for all


Yup, exactly what I was going to point out, but have never had a problem with them.

I've also gotten some pretty good deals flying with Frontier, but it's been awhile since I flew with them so not sure what their current baggage policies consist of.

You're not coming to my neck of the woods really, but enjoy the trip!
03/07/2014 03:35:20 PM · #18
Originally posted by tanguera:

Hey! Whatcha got against the west coast? ???

Last time I was there I found Seattle pretty close to the west Coast ...
03/07/2014 03:40:11 PM · #19
Originally posted by tanguera:

Hey! Whatcha got against the west coast? ???

Also, re Southwest, just be aware that they don't have reserved seats. They board in groups and its a bit of a free for all


Business Select...

Not only will you board first, you'll get a free drink in-flight.

--
All airlines are pretty good, and fine to fly on.

EXCEPT SPIRIT AIRLINES... Stay away, you have been warned. :D

Message edited by author 2014-03-07 15:41:00.
03/07/2014 04:02:40 PM · #20
Originally posted by tanguera:

. . .
Also, re Southwest, just be aware that they don't have reserved seats. They board in groups and its a bit of a free for all


We fly Southwest all the time - by choice. You can pay a bit extra for an early number and have your pick of the seats. We never do. You can also get a boarding number on line no earlier than 24 hours in advance. We always try to do that. I don't care whether I sit front or back (but not the back row where the seats don't recline), but I like an aisle. I'd say I get one 90% of the time. And since they hook shorter flights up to make longer ones, if your trip is long, you are likely to be on one of those. When they land the first time, you can take your pick of the seats for the rest of the flight. Just sayin' I actually wish other airlines had boarding that was as efficient as SW's. And no, I have never worked for them nor do I know anyone who has :)
03/07/2014 04:22:27 PM · #21
AirTran also has decent fares. They are owned by Southwest, but have different hubs.
03/07/2014 05:31:25 PM · #22
Thank you all. That gives Sue ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' chambo and me a good starting point. There seems to be so many airlines to choose from. We are trying to organise direct flights where possible to minimise wasting time. Will keep you posted as we firm up the itinerary
03/07/2014 05:48:26 PM · #23
What part of Missouri? I live in Springfield.
03/07/2014 07:58:27 PM · #24
I use hipmunk.com to find flights. It also excludes Southwest.
03/08/2014 12:18:54 AM · #25
I fly a lot for work, and stick mostly to Frontier. United some as well. United is pricier, but they have a lot more flights, and many more direct. Frontier is better priced by a fair amount, but doesn't fly as many places or as often. They both charge for baggage, save for one carry on.
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