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Empirical data of flight delays to and fro DEN vs SFO around December?

Just booked my int'l flight by way of Denver a little under 24 hours ago. Could anyone help me get empirical data (at least a prior probability) of flights to and fro DEN cancelled or severely delayed, compared against ones in and out of SFO around this time of year? I'm slightly concerned about my flight into DEN potentially snowed in, and wanted to get a better sense if it's worth switching to an alternative flight to the same destination via SFO on the ~same day. Thanks a lot!
posted by macbookair on Dec 8, 2014 - 3 answers

Best pro-tips for managing a five day drink-a-thon

I'm home for the holidays and seeing many friends after years apart. I have five days, each consisting of brunch, lunch and dinner with others, and am looking forward to unimaginable quantities of free alcohol. I am a seasoned (pickled?) drinker that does not normally get hangovers but never have I been on such a social whirlwind with so many opportunities to celebrate. Does anyone have advice for overcoming the potential weaknesses of the flesh to rise to this challenge? Or, how to pace myself when offered so much free deliciousness? Details below [more inside]
posted by partly squamous and partly rugose on Nov 24, 2014 - 23 answers

Looking for an easy way to split flight costs

I travel a lot with different organizations paying for different trips. Is there a mechanism or policy I could put in place to equitably split the costs of a single multi-city trip among the different orgs? Sample trip inside. [more inside]
posted by Susan PG on Nov 20, 2014 - 7 answers

What are my options when Lufthansa changes my flight?

Lufthansa changed my direct flight into a connecting flight. Do I have any recourse? [more inside]
posted by reformedjerk on Jul 21, 2014 - 7 answers

Best time to purchase flights to Singapore from Australia?

My wife, two daughters and I are hoping to fly to Singapore in January next year to visit some friends. We are not regular airline passengers, and I am wondering how far in advance I should book the flights in order to secure the best deal? Is there an optimum season or distance from the departure date to book? We will be flying out of Melbourne.
posted by bakery on May 24, 2014 - 9 answers

East-Coast (flight?) commuting options

Household member is temporarily working in Boston, and household (cat included!) is in PA, west of Newark. This is a sucky 5+ hour drive, and it seems to be far enough outside of a normal bus or Amtrak route to be worthwhile. What's the best strategy (and price) for booking weekend commuter flights between Boston and Newark? Do you show up and go standby, or Orbitz every time, or ... ?
posted by Dashy on Apr 14, 2014 - 12 answers

How can I get to New Brunswick, NJ from JFK in 7 hours, reverse in 5?

Juggling options: how do I get to New Brunswick, NJ for a conference that runs from 1 PM on Sunday, April 27 through 2 PM on Friday, May 2nd? Based on flight availabilities and transit timing, is JFK or EWR a better option? Details on flight times inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Feb 17, 2014 - 18 answers

so much for trip of a lifetime

In a few hours I'm about to board a flight that was supposed to include my girlfriend. except she broke up with me last month and now I'm flying alone and demoralized. How do I not make this trip suck more than it already does? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Dec 11, 2013 - 10 answers

A way to search flights with flexible location, but inflexible days?

Is there a flight search engine that lets you say your From location, leave the To location blank and set the date? [more inside]
posted by Calicatt on Dec 11, 2013 - 6 answers

Possible 20 hour layover in Porto, Portugal... worth it?

We're headed to Brussels in March, and we're looking at flight prices. We know it's a bit early, but we're trying to spot any deals and grab them. We saw a flight to Brussels with a layover in Porto, Portugal, and the one on way home is 20+ hours (landing around 4pm and taking off at 11:30am the next day). Could we get a good stay in Porto, Portugal out of those 20 hours? What's there to do? Will we get by without knowing the language? [more inside]
posted by ancient star on Sep 5, 2013 - 13 answers

Accidentally travelling through Vietnam: please explain visas to me!

I'm flying from Australia to Europe with Vietnam airlines. I think I might have a hidden domestic leg of the flight in Vietnam on the way there, or maybe on both routes. My travel agent says I don't need a visa for this domestic flight. I suspect he is wrong. Has anyone done this flight before who can give me more info? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Jul 6, 2013 - 17 answers

How do I find the best route from Seattle to Kampala?

When I say "best," I mean with the least travel time. Cost is a factor, but not the deciding one. There are dozens of ways to get from Seattle (SEA) to Uganda (EBB), but how can I find the optimal route without sifting through hundreds of less desirable options? This is for mid-November. For example, United.com has Seattle > Chicago > London > Kampala, at a travel time of 26 hours and 6,000 miles. But how can I know if there's not something more direct using other airlines? Many thanks!
posted by Short Attention Sp on Jun 30, 2013 - 7 answers

Help a Canadian book flights from the San Fran to El Salvador.

I am in Canada and I've only ever booked flight within, or to-and-from, this country. I'm looking for tips on booking flights from San Francisco to San Salvador, and from San Salvador to Toronto. [more inside]
posted by beau jackson on Jun 17, 2013 - 4 answers

Cheapest international flight destinations besides Mexico?

We are trying to find the (usually) cheapest flights to international destinations from Western United States to anywhere except Mexico or Canada. [more inside]
posted by *phoenix* on May 26, 2013 - 8 answers

Travelfilter: How to get the cheapest flight from Vancouver - Tokyo?

I've wanted to go to Tokyo all my life, and have a few weeks off soon. I've been looking for flights and the cheapest I can find are $1450 all in... but I suspect if I the trip was broken up a bit by not flying there directly, it'd be a lot cheaper. Are there any resources you know of to help with this/have you done this before/do you know a good route that would shave off the $$$? Time isn't overly important as I have three weeks between jobs for exploring. But I don't want to be paying this off till next year. Help!
posted by abbagoochie on May 22, 2013 - 5 answers

Travel UK on the cheap

A friend and I are planning a trip this summer for early August to London, Edinburgh, and Dublin. We're looking at flights, hostel stays, and food/entertainment for a 1.5-2 week trip, and hoping to do it somewhat cheaply. All the flights we've found are in the $1700-$1900 range, so that would be most of our budget for the trip, leaving not much left for anything else. (We were originally hoping to spend less than $2500 each) Is there some secret we just don't know? A site for finding the deals? We've looked at travelzoo.com and expedia, but what's the best way to find cheap flights? (is it a travel agent?) [more inside]
posted by lockstitch on May 20, 2013 - 9 answers

Getting to Italy via Frankfurt?

I'm trying to get to Umbria, Italy during the first couple of weeks of October, but I hate layovers. [more inside]
posted by RobotVoodooPower on May 18, 2013 - 8 answers

Get me to the Bali on time

Has anyone ever successfully booked travel on Indonesia's Lion Air? They seem to require an Indonesian credit card, which I decidedly do not have. Suggestions on how to get around this? Bonus question! Why would an airline restrict its clientele to one country?
posted by mrfuga0 on May 16, 2013 - 10 answers

When should I fly into LAX?

LAX is the closest airport to where I am staying (near USC). Planning on flying in on a Saturday (Mother's Day weekend) and leaving Tuesday. What time should I time my flight to arrive so as to not be in traffic for hours? [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon on Apr 9, 2013 - 12 answers

Should we take our toddler to Kenya, if not, where?

I have a great opportunity to go to Kenya in June, the question is, does my partner and daughter (20 months by then) come with, or do I meet them somewhere on the way back to Australia? [more inside]
posted by smoke on Feb 2, 2013 - 21 answers

Sydney to LA/Chicago with a layover in... China or Korea?

Why do all (or at least, the vast majority) of flights between Sydney and the U.S. this July/August have layovers in China or Korea? How can I best go about finding a budget ticket that takes a more direct route? [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 on Jan 7, 2013 - 15 answers

Now? Do we buy the tickets now?!

We are going to Prague/Budapest in mid-to-late March. When should we buy tickets? (Now? Is it now?) And what's your favorite secret special travel site or best airline recommendation? [more inside]
posted by aaanastasia on Dec 4, 2012 - 7 answers

Getting to/from BOS and the hotel?

What's the best way to get from BOS to Hotel Buckminster on Sunday afternoon? [more inside]
posted by chrisfromthelc on Nov 2, 2012 - 5 answers

Frequent flyer miles . . . you need lots of money, too?

Are big-time charges now routine when redeeming frequent flyer miles for overseas flights? [more inside]
posted by Elsie on Oct 23, 2012 - 15 answers

Cheap Flights to Ireland

Can someone recommend a good site or service that will notify me of cheap flights to Ireland from NJ and when they are available? I can be flexible about when to go, am not too good at searching through sites for fares. We had a great time there this summer and want to go again. Are there cheaper flights in the winter? I would like something specific to Ireland, not cheap flights everywhere in general.
posted by mermayd on Sep 21, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me make an Itinerary

Help me with my travel itinerary! I want to spend 3 to 4 weeks in Central America and I have the following options! More inside. [more inside]
posted by freddymetz on Sep 13, 2012 - 3 answers

Traveling for business with low credit card limit?

What options does our small UK business have for booking short notice travel when the credit limit on our business cards is fairly low? [more inside]
posted by nangua on Jul 10, 2012 - 9 answers

Domestic legs of international flights

I'm trying to wrestle with flights here, and none of the domestic options are very good. So I'm considering flying the domestic leg of an international flight instead. But I've got several questions. [more inside]
posted by glache on May 17, 2012 - 20 answers

Vacation all I've ever wanted

Spontaneous(ish) travel from two different spots? We're fun-loving, 20somethings queers. [more inside]
posted by jaksemas on Apr 24, 2012 - 6 answers

What beachy vacation can take en route to Taipei?

I live in Toronto, and I have to go to Taipei in June for my brother's wedding. (I've never been to Taiwan.) In addition to the week i spend in Taiwan, I also want to go somewhere culturally interesting with good food and beaches, and i want to either fly there on my way to taiwan, or i want fly there and back from taiwan. Where can i fly to and from taiwan, cheaply? Or where can i stop en route to taiwan, without it breaking the bank? (Right now, my ideal beach vacation stop is Bali, but it appears to be an expensive flight from Taiwan, and it isn't a place i can get to as a stop en route.) [more inside]
posted by Kololo on Apr 1, 2012 - 9 answers

When should I book my Hawaiian Christmas flights?

I'm looking for the best time to book a flight from NYC to Honolulu for Christmas -- I'm afraid I've already missed the best deals and wonder if I should snatch up the next decent fare or wait for something better. [Of course, special snowflake details inside.] [more inside]
posted by bah213 on Mar 14, 2012 - 5 answers

We can't get there from there

Why is this relatively simple flight configuration so hard to make happen? [more inside]
posted by thinkpiece on Mar 11, 2012 - 6 answers

We spent all our money on the wedding. Now we need cheap flights.

Do any travel agents or seasoned international frequent flyers know when the price sweet spot is to book a cheap flight from Brisbane Australia to Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by dinoworx on Mar 2, 2012 - 6 answers

Panicing for planes

I am having panic attacks and I need to get on a plane tomorrow. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 18, 2012 - 17 answers

Sneaking into First Class

Has anyone ever tried to sit in an empty First Class seat on a flight when their actual seat is in economy? [more inside]
posted by zain on Feb 18, 2012 - 18 answers

Vancouver or Bust!

Trying to plan a last minute trip to Vancouver and need some hotel recommendations. Also, it's looking like it's significantly cheaper to fly into to Seattle. Would that make sense to fly into Seattle and then make my way to Vancouver via rental car, bus or train, OR would it be smarter to just pay the extra cost and just fly straight into Vancouver. [more inside]
posted by ericthegardener on Feb 17, 2012 - 25 answers

Hello Tokyo

How do I get the best deal on a multicity flight that goes from Whitehorse - Vancouver - Tokyo - Taipei - Hong Kong - Whitehorse? [more inside]
posted by YukonQuirm on Jan 16, 2012 - 11 answers

More arrivals or departures?

Are there more arriving or departing flights in the United States? Bonus: previous years, other countries, domestic vs. international, etc.
posted by michaelh on Dec 12, 2011 - 16 answers

Cheap(ish) fares to Bangkok over Christmas?

Did we miss the magic window for buying affordable tickets to Thailand? We'd be flying out of NYC around December 22nd and arriving back after the New Year. [more inside]
posted by Hwaet on Oct 25, 2011 - 7 answers

Skip first flight, second flight on different carrier?

If I skip my first leg, will my return leg be cancelled? Note/quirk: The reservation is on two separate, non-related (i.e. not same alliance) airlines, but there is only one ticket. Flight was booked on a Travelocity. [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv on Oct 2, 2011 - 11 answers

Kentucky to Korea, on the cheap!

Help me fly from Kentucky, to California, to Korea, back to Kentucky! It'll be fun!! [more inside]
posted by broadway bill on Sep 15, 2011 - 4 answers

Getting rewards out of academic travel?

I am a grad student in the early years of my PhD program. I am just starting to travel for conferences this year, and I anticipate no fewer than 4-5 trips a year in the future, and even more once I hit the job market. I want to start accruing rewards points/frequent flyer miles, whatever. What credit card or rewards program do I want? [more inside]
posted by slow graffiti on Sep 8, 2011 - 10 answers

I could go to the US twice with that money (& it took me a while to afford getting here)

There's a New Years gig in Manchester I'm looking at attending, and I thought I'd make a trip of it by visiting my sister in Bristol (amongst other things). However, flights from Australia to England are ridiculously expensive. Is there a way I could fly to another European country and take a cheap flight (or some other form of transport) over? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jul 6, 2011 - 10 answers

Does the shuttle stop off at the airport?

Where do I watch the last shuttle launch from to ensure that I make it to Orlando International Airport for a 7:30pm flight? [more inside]
posted by jobby on Jun 1, 2011 - 7 answers

What two additional European cities should I visit while overseas in Thessaloniki, Greece?

What 2 major European cities - that are relatively close to Thessaloniki, Greece - should I visit for a week? [more inside]
posted by bengalsfan1 on May 21, 2011 - 4 answers

Why does flying abroad cost so much?

Why are international flights so much more expensive than domestic flights? [more inside]
posted by monospace on Apr 12, 2011 - 34 answers

Cheap Flights!

Help me understand airline bookings - when and why they vary the price. [more inside]
posted by BigCalm on Apr 5, 2011 - 5 answers

Get us to New Zealand on the cheap!

Best time and any hacks for buying Christmas-time flights from the UK to New Zealand? [more inside]
posted by greenfelttip on Apr 5, 2011 - 4 answers

How can a poor girl travel spontaneously?

Is there a way to get cheap last minute weekend airline tickets? Are there any hacks I should be aware of? [more inside]
posted by chocolatemilkshakes on Mar 10, 2011 - 8 answers

Breaking out of Rome airport in the middle of an indirect flight?!

I am taking a trip to Japan from London, my flight is via Rome (both ways). On the way back I'd like to just get out at Rome and take another flight which I will book separately. I don't want to pay anything extra. Is it possible without changing my booking? What's the worst than can happen? I will only have carry-on luggage. I am an EU citizen. [more inside]
posted by tomw on Feb 16, 2011 - 14 answers

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