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eugene, sorry I missed your IM. gonna leave the response here, since I get the question a lot. for airplane tickets,. I usually scout out fares on www.cheaptickets.com and www.travel.yahoo.com to get an idea of what airlines are flying the routes in question. Those sites are good up until a point. for places on the State department shit list like Iraq,afghanistan,Iran, etc, they’re not so helpful. the thing to remember with the discount travel agents is that they are unloading seats on particular flights that they broker for consolidators. So when there may be other airlines going your way that they don’t handle. where you going? i can probably give you more specifics with a destination. for the middle east, Emirates (a great airline, hooked up with Star Alliance) is now flying direct to Dubai. . Dubai is a major hub for the middle east, also asia and africa.

by teru kuwayama at 2004-08-12 17:19:05 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) | Bookmark | | Report spam→

you know i had thought to post here after i talked to you, but then i was talking to adam who got me the name of an agent.

to make a long story short, i’m going to turkey. i had called a bunch of agents and the cheapest fare i found was 788.00 on turkish airlines. then i tried hotwire.com and managed to find something for 689.00, which i couldn’t believe. my roommate was curious what airline i’d be flying so i booked it. turns out i’m on lufthansa (which i think might also be star alliance?—i need to get better about my freq flier miles; i’ve wasted so many). the only thing is that on the way back i fly out of istanbul at five in the morning. oh well. looks like i’ll be sleeping in the airport.

but yeah. i recommend trying hotwire.com now just to see what you might be able to find. it’s just that you don’t know the exact particulars until you actually buy the ticket. :-/

as an aside, i flew emirates once from java to singapore and it was a really nice airline (of course i think i wasted those miles). oh. and as a star alliance member, do i have to specify what airline i want the miles applied to? or do all the miles end up in a common kitty for me to draw upon?

by Eugene Kuo | 13 Aug 2004 09:08 | | Report spam→
Lufthansa is Star Alliance, but sometimes with some of those buy-first-see-what-you-get-after sites, you don’t get mileage points. I think priceline is like that. don’t know about hotwire. I stay away from those operations, cause I want to clock the miles on specific airlines, and I don’t want to get stuck with unexpected stopovers, etc.

With Star Alliance, or any other airline network, you choose a specific airline, enroll in their program, and any miles you fly on partner airlines go into your chosen account. You redeem the miles through the same airline, but they can get you seats on any of their partner airlines’ flights. a few of them are “accrue miles” only—like emirates, you can collect miles for flying on emirates, but you cant use the miles to fly on emirates. (via Star Alliance anyway). Normally I’d say register with United, as they’re Star Alliance’s US airline, but who knows how long before they’re bankrupt and you need to transfer the miles…I’m using Singapore Air.

hey do you have a place to stay in istanbul?
Lynsey Addario has an apartment there, but she’s almost never in the country. she works for the NY Times a lot, so your room mate will know her too.

by teru kuwayama | 13 Aug 2004 12:08 (ed. Aug 13 2004) | | Report spam→

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