Need help choosing a flight
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Sep 8, 2009 11:51 AM Last Post By: noahc
Sep 1, 2009 11:13 AM
Need help choosing a flightI will be flying from Florida to South Africa in early december, and can not choose between two flights.
Flight #1 is
Fort Myers (RSW) Depart 11:20 am
Chicago (ORD) Arrive 1:25 pm
Chicago (ORD) Depart 9:25 pm
Istanbul (IST) Arrive 4:10 pm +1 day
Istanbul (IST) Depart 11:45 pm
Johannesburg (JNB) Arrive 9:30 am +1 day
Johannesburg (JNB) Depart 10:40 am
Cape Town (CPT) Arrive 12:55 pm
Flight #2 is
Miami (MIA) Depart 8:45 pm
London (LHR) Arrive 10:05 am +1 day
London (LHR) Depart 8:15 pm
Cape Town (CPT) Arrive 10:25 am +1 day
It seems simple right? Take the one with just one stop in London. But - there is an 800 dollar difference in prices. Flight #1 is 1600, flight #2 is 2400. Also, the closer airport to me will be Fort Myers which flight #1 leaves from.
To make matters more hectic, I need to arrive in Cape Town on that specific day in order to meet up with a tour. And because it's a tour, if I loose my luggage, I have nothing for three weeks in Africa - but then I do have lost luggage insurance - and 800 is a lot of dollars.
Flight #1 gives me 8 hours for each stop over, except the last one in South Africa which is only an hour... which is very very tight -
So... All you wonderful people out there - any advice?
Sep 1, 2009 12:51 PM
1ORD is the worst airport, period. Multiply by 100 in Dec. We have snow storms and delays that are terrible. Worth $800 to avoid? Yes, if time is more important than $. If you have time to spare and can wait out a storm for a few days than save your $, but you may end up spending $150 a night to wait out a storm. Hope this helps!
Sep 1, 2009 1:19 PM
2I'm coming up with $1251 on KLM / Northwest, and the connections are good (except for one, which is tight, but look around). I don't know what your dates are: I plugged in Dec. 2-21:
KLM Royal Dutch
Operated by Northwest
Departs: 12:21p SW Florida Intl (RSW)
Arrives: 3:13p Wayne County (DTW)
Operated by Northwest
Departs: 4:00p Wayne County (DTW)
Arrives: 5:55a Amsterdam- Schiphol (AMS)
Departs: 10:25a Amsterdam- Schiphol (AMS)
Arrives: 11:00p Cape Town Intl (CPT)
Return – Wed Dec 23 2009
KLM Royal Dutch
Departs: 12:50a Cape Town Intl (CPT)
Arrives: 11:40a Amsterdam- Schiphol (AMS)
Departs: 2:35p Amsterdam- Schiphol (AMS)
Arrives: 6:20p Hartsfield- Jackson (ATL)
Operated by Delta
Departs: 9:25p Hartsfield- Jackson (ATL)
Arrives: 11:10p SW Florida Intl (RSW) Hartsfield- Jackson (ATL)
Try Kayak.com and report back!
Sep 1, 2009 1:49 PM
3Seems like a lot for either flight - I just bought my airfare for early dec to CPT for $1200 on the flight mentioned above (but from a diff. starting location)
Try delta which flys directly from atlanta to JNB and then catch a flight from JNB to CPT = this too is about $1200-1400
Did you also try south african airways too out of washington dulles or NYC? they are about $1200-1300...
You should not be paying 1600 or or for sure not 2400 for airfare!!!
Sep 1, 2009 3:34 PM
4I need to arrive in Cape Town on December 13th (so I think I need to depart on December 11th.)
I just tried Delta (3400) and KLM (4200!!!) neither of those seem to be more cost effective.
If anyone is pulling up cheaper flights, by all means direct me there. Departure date from Florida: December 11th.
Any help is appreciated.
Sep 1, 2009 6:30 PM
5Go to Kayak.com and play around with dates.
Mid-December is holiday time in South Africa, so the flight prices will go up then. If you are flexible and can get there a few days before the 13th, then you will have better luck. I plugged a departure date of Dec. 9 into Kayak and came up with $1492 on Delta/SAA. I didn't know when your return date is, so I just made it 3 weeks out.
I don't know how or you're coming up with these exorbitant fares. Just go to expedia or kayak rather than individual airlines.
Sep 7, 2009 10:35 AM
6I agree with your_mom. Try to avoid any of the northern airports in December. Chicago is a very busy airport and in December???????????. Even without the weather factor there is a good possibility of missing connections. I just looked up the fare on Expedia and using either air france or continental, outbound dec 7 return dec 28, flying out of Tampa, you can get flights for CAD1556. Good connections and avoiding the snow zone. What you want to do is attainable but you need to spread your sites to search a little more.
Sep 8, 2009 11:51 AM
7Given that you are meeting up with a tour, I suggest arriving the day before if possible, that should take some of the stress out of it.
I agree with other posters that a little bit of flexibility will save you considerable dollars. If you can leave a day or two earlier, you will save hundreds of dollars in airfare that you could easily spend on a hotel in Cape Town while waiting for the tour. I found much cheaper trips leaving December 9.
Also, since this is such a long trip it is worth paying a bit more to get the most ideal schedule; the fastest way to get from Florida to CPT is to fly through Atlanta and JNB. You can do 22 hours from Fort Meyers to Cape Down by way of Atlanta and Jo'Burg -- much faster than some of what you list above. That said, going through Amsterdam is not a bad alternative since that KLM flight mentioned above doesn't require spending a full day waiting in Europe to spend a second night on the airplane (like the BA option) -- unless you want to have a day in Europe.
My advice is to look for fares on NW/Delta through ATL and in the $1500 range for December travel.
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