Poll

I'll book my next dive trip requiring long-distance travel when . . .

I'm the dive leader, it's free
1 (20%)
I can afford first class
3 (60%)
I buy my first private jet
0 (0%)
Hell is a cold-water dive
0 (0%)
Beam me up, Scotty
1 (20%)

Total Members Voted: 5

Voting closed: August 08, 2008, 21:53:59 UTC

Author Topic: Air Travel Poll  (Read 6281 times)

eponym

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Air Travel Poll
« on: July 09, 2008, 21:53:59 UTC »
Or maybe I'll learn to love my local dive sites all over again . . .

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Travelnsj

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Re: Air Travel Poll
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2008, 05:40:42 UTC »
I'm lucky...I have 2 million FF miles ;D
I endeavor to pursue....Spend most of my diving time in the Indo-Pacific region. Lembeh Straits, Raja Ampat and Palau are my favorites!

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Re: Air Travel Poll
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2008, 11:44:27 UTC »
I'm lucky...I have 2 million FF miles ;D

Only problem is, the airlines have now reduced the number of seats available for FF travelers to one or less per plane! ;D
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Re: Air Travel Poll
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2008, 14:54:11 UTC »
The key to using FF miles anymore is to plan as far in advance as possible...ten months is my standard.  The other is, of course, routing flexibility.  If you can't get to Africa going east, try going west through Hong Kong...that sort of thing. 

Another possibility is to get as close as possible using FF miles and then pay for a short local flight.  For example, for an upcoming trip to North Africa, it takes far more miles to get to Tunisia or Morocco than it does to get to Europe.  So we're using FF miles to Malta (part of Europe) paying for a short flights to Tunis, again to Casblanca, take the ferry from Tangier to Gibralter (Europe again) and FF miles home from there. 

I've done a fair amount of this and I'm always happy to recommend routes, airlines, airports, etc. for anyone who is interested.

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Re: Air Travel Poll
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2008, 15:02:02 UTC »
So far so good...I just booked a Business/First trip to Palau in March....but I am waiting for the other shoe to fall!
I endeavor to pursue....Spend most of my diving time in the Indo-Pacific region. Lembeh Straits, Raja Ampat and Palau are my favorites!

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Re: Air Travel Poll
« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2008, 16:39:50 UTC »
Business/First implies Continental.  Don't know if you've flown the route before.  Continental's club in Honolulu is adequate, as is the one in Guam.  As Continental Micronesia has pretty much a monopoly on flights in the Micronesia area, I think your plans are pretty safe.  Airlines tend not to cut back on routes where they can raise fares (and fuel surcharges) at will. 


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Re: Air Travel Poll
« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2008, 17:17:47 UTC »
Been to Palau 8 times....flights have been late but never missed a connection yet!
I endeavor to pursue....Spend most of my diving time in the Indo-Pacific region. Lembeh Straits, Raja Ampat and Palau are my favorites!

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Re: Air Travel Poll
« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2008, 20:25:27 UTC »
Ditto on the Continental comments. Been to Micronesia and Marshall Islands several times. One suggestion is to arrive the day before your trip starts. Keeps you from arriving in the dark and gives you time to adjust to time zone.
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