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Old 11-15-2015, 10:46 AM   #2461
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Looks like we just decided. Cannot leave the frozen north until Feb 11 so seven/eight weeks in Vietnam, via Cambodia. This should be perfect given the north/south weather variations.

Siem Reap for a few days then head to HCMC and the south for beaches and warm sunny days. We need to do these bucket list items now while we can still tolerate longer flights and have the health and desire required for independent travel.
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Old 11-17-2015, 05:05 PM   #2462
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We are flying to the Phillipines on new years eve. Will stay 2 weeks mostly beach hopping. El nido, Puerto Princessa, Borocay etc.. Even though my DW of 27 years is from Manilla this is the first trip for us to her home country.
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Old 11-17-2015, 07:30 PM   #2463
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I'm flying to Bangkok in February. I couldn't resist the $650 round trip air fare from San Francisco. I will celebrate my 60th birthday there.
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Old 11-17-2015, 07:36 PM   #2464
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We're flying into Rome in April and staying 4 days. Then we're taking a 12 day Celebrity cruise to Malta, a number of Grecian islands, Turkey and back to Venice. We've been on the same class of Celebrity ship before and really liked it.
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Old 11-23-2015, 11:42 AM   #2465
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Just added Cambodia to our Vietnam itinerary...plus another two weeks or so. We want to fly return to Hong Kong and do regionals from there. We can get a return ticket with only a $50 change fee in case we extend our trip by a little.
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Old 11-23-2015, 01:27 PM   #2466
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Just booked a cruise from Charleston to the Bahamas for 5 nights for January 2016. The priced dropped for a short period and we jumped on it since it's a local departure port for us and the price was great. $313 per person including tax, and the 3rd and 4th passengers were actually $80 cheaper at $233 per person.

I'll be in one cabin with DW and our 3 kids are in another room with my mom (who graciously paid her own passage in spite of being a nanny for us on this cruise ).

The destinations aren't exciting (our 5th or 6th visit to Nassau, for example) but escaping the cold in January will be a nice diversion.

Now I'm hoping to find another good cruise deal so that I can book a getaway just for me and the DW.
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Though we've moved office since the last cruise, your parking space is still available, Fuego.

I'm booking a trip for us to England for April, before the American Airlines mile redemption changes from 20k to 30k. Delighted that I figured out how to book into London and out of Dublin to avoid the $$$ departure tax at LHR. Going to couchsurf with friends around the country for a couple of weeks.
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Though we've moved office since the last cruise, your parking space is still available, Fuego.

Thanks.

I was going to ask you about that. We're getting to Charleston on a Wednesday and the cruise returns on a Monday. I'll get in touch through facebook once we know what we're doing.
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Just booked two weeks in Florida. Renting a house for DW, myself, DD, DSIL, and Grandson.
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Getting ready for a trip to Mordor with a few friends to return a piece of jewelry.
Anything I should watch out for?
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We managed to snag a camping site in Everglades National Park for ten days in February. Has anyone done this? Any clues or suggestions?

We understand we'll need a break in the weather to get out of northern Illinois pulling our camper. (No leaving in a blizzard!) And we'll have to de-winterize the camper once we get into the sunny south. I think we understand those logistics. But what about things to do in Everglades National Park? And what about other nearby attractions in southern Florida?

We've never done the "winter in Florida" thing before.
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WE recently returned from a 3 week trip. we spent 4 days in Boston & then hopped a royal Caribbean cruise ship for 2 weeks, then Tampa for 2 days. Boston was awesome & we easily could have spent more time there. The ship had so much to do with excellent entertainment. Even on sea days no way do you get bored.
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Getting ready for a trip to Mordor with a few friends to return a piece of jewelry.

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Do yourself a favor and book the Eagles round trip instead of just the return leg.


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Old 12-03-2015, 12:07 PM   #2476
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I just booked a return ticket to Bangkok for our Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam winter trip.

I checked Kayak pricing. Then I tried ITA Matrix. The latter came up with a considerably lower price and a much better flight. One connection instead of two, 19 hours instead of 25. You cannot book on ITA Matrix...it only searches the airline databases for the lowest fares.

Even better...we were able to type in a departure date, the number of days we wanted to travel and Matrix came back with every fare combination(with the 55 day elapsed time that we input) that departed on each of the next 30 days. We chose our best price/schedule option.

When I called the airline, Air Canada, they said the flight was available but it was considerably more expensive. They did not show availability in the fare code that I provided.

Then I tried several other of the usual sites-it did not appear on expedia, vayama, or another site. Our selection/price did however come up on Orbitz with the expected fare codes(L,K). We booked.

I later found out that the various travel booking sites use either Amedeus, Wordspan, or Sabre software. When I researched this I found that these three sites can yield different results..which was what I experienced.

The IT Matrix site is also ideal for open jaw ticket pricing/routing.

And the odd thing? Looked at my credit card billing and our flights, although booked on Orbitz, were billed from Air Canada. Not sure if this is usual for Orbitz as I have never used the site before.
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Old 12-03-2015, 12:17 PM   #2477
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Google Flights will find the same flights and give you a link to the airline site.

However, I was unable to book a routing to Norway as displayed on ITA Matrix and Google Flights.

It would bring up the routing on United.com and when I entered my name and then the payment info, it would then return one of your flights not found.

In this case, it was some of the Scandinavian Air flights within Norway (I wanted to fly into Oslo and return from Bergen or Alesund) which couldn't be confirmed or booked at the low price by United.
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I essentially had the same thing happen. But dialed in the airline site, no joy. Then called a live agent at the airline. No joy. Well, I had joy on the routing but the price was 40 percent higher. In my case it was a straight Star Alliance booking-Air Canada/ANA both directions.

Then went through vayama, expedia, cheapo. Finally hit the routing, the price, and the fare code that IT Matix had provided on Orbitz.


The routing was just as important as the price to us. We were fortunate enough to get both.
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Old 12-03-2015, 12:46 PM   #2479
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Well in my case, I'm trying to get status with United so I would have to purchase the ticket from them.
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We managed to snag a camping site in Everglades National Park for ten days in February. Has anyone done this? Any clues or suggestions?

We understand we'll need a break in the weather to get out of northern Illinois pulling our camper. (No leaving in a blizzard!) And we'll have to de-winterize the camper once we get into the sunny south. I think we understand those logistics. But what about things to do in Everglades National Park? And what about other nearby attractions in southern Florida?

We've never done the "winter in Florida" thing before.
South Florida is a very difficult place to get RV sites in the winter, so you're probably fortunate. The Glades is a much understated place. There are a number of large truck patch farms growing vegetables, and I've been in traffic jams in the middle of nowhere. Parts are very busy places in Winter.

You could take a tour on an airboat of The Glades--a pretty bold activity. You could go fishing on Lake Okeechobee. And you're not far from either the Atlantic or the Gulf Coast--with incredibly fine restaurants and beautiful residential areas.
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