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That one-way ticket to the US

#1 slim

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Posted 27 June 2006 - 01:22 PM

So once the interview is passed, the visa is granted, and you're excited, but not too excited (Russian superstition), then finally the passport, with the visa, arrives.....

What are the best ways to shop for a ticket?

Did you guys call the airlines? Have your girl/guy call in Russia? Most of the sites that I've checked (Yahoo, expedia, orbitz, cheaptickets, etc.) won't let you do a search with a start from outside the US. I've done the reverse of a one-way (from here to there) and I get some decent prices, but I'm wondering if there's a way I can check on ticket prices from there to here. Any suggestions?

Just in case anyone does have the capability... I'm looking for VVO or KHV to CVG any time. I'm finding the CVG to VVO for about $1300 on a weekday, but I'd like to be able to confirm the reverse is the same price, or find something cheaper.

Any help is greatly appreciated. Or... if anyone's fiancee is leaving soon too.... maybe we could get a group discount! :lol:
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Ensure your beneficiary makes and brings with them to the States a copy of the DS-3025 (vaccination form)

If the government is going to force me to exercise my "right" to health care, then they better start requiring people to exercise their Right to Bear Arms. - "Where's my public option rifle?"

#2 dmhweb

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Posted 27 June 2006 - 01:48 PM

Hey Slim!

Give Asiana a call... they service the far east of Russia as well. You will get a better price if you call them most of the time :D

http://us.flyasiana.com/

Cheers!
Dave

Edited by dmhweb, 27 June 2006 - 01:49 PM.

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#3 JamesT

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Posted 27 June 2006 - 03:18 PM

Slim,

Actually Yahoo will let you search for airfares for flights originating outside of the United States! This is what I used when I bought Katya's ticket a couple weeks ago. I searched for over an hour, checking all the possibilities for my date range for both round trip and one-way tickets from SVO to ATL on all airlines. I ended up buying a one-way ticket on Air France for July 12 for $963! Not bad at all considering July seems to be the peak month for traveling to and from Russia. Apparently e-tickets weren't an option for this flight, but they delivered the paper tickets directly to Katya in Russia about a week after I purchased them.

Personally I don't like using any travel agents because their prices are always higher then buying the ticket directly yourself online!

James
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#4 Chuckles

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Posted 27 June 2006 - 03:57 PM

Travelocity books flights out of Moscow, and it looks like a one-way ticket costs from 600-2000 dollars to JFK.
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#5 Eva Malahova

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Posted 27 June 2006 - 09:36 PM

So once the interview is passed, the visa is granted, and you're excited, but not too excited (Russian superstition), then finally the passport, with the visa, arrives.....

What are the best ways to shop for a ticket?

Did you guys call the airlines? Have your girl/guy call in Russia? Most of the sites that I've checked (Yahoo, expedia, orbitz, cheaptickets, etc.) won't let you do a search with a start from outside the US. I've done the reverse of a one-way (from here to there) and I get some decent prices, but I'm wondering if there's a way I can check on ticket prices from there to here. Any suggestions?

Just in case anyone does have the capability... I'm looking for VVO or KHV to CVG any time. I'm finding the CVG to VVO for about $1300 on a weekday, but I'd like to be able to confirm the reverse is the same price, or find something cheaper.

Any help is greatly appreciated. Or... if anyone's fiancee is leaving soon too.... maybe we could get a group discount! :lol:


Expedia has an option to book one way ticket out of SVO - there is one flight through Paris to Miami for $725 I think it is on Tuesdays , I am not sure. But there is an option.
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#6 slim

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Posted 27 June 2006 - 10:03 PM

Thanks guys, guess I just didn't plug in enough options.
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Русский форум член.

Ensure your beneficiary makes and brings with them to the States a copy of the DS-3025 (vaccination form)

If the government is going to force me to exercise my "right" to health care, then they better start requiring people to exercise their Right to Bear Arms. - "Where's my public option rifle?"

#7 workin4somethin

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Posted 27 June 2006 - 10:55 PM

Slim,

You may wish to try airline consolidator.com for others options. Also, most of the airlines that fly into the U.S. can be contacted via telephone.

As you are probably aware, it is going to be a lot cheaper flying out of Moscow, if it is possible.

Also, dont allow her to have a very short stay any place, such as Paris, where she could actually miss her connecting flight simply because of their slow moving customs area.

By the way, congratulations!
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#8 timelena

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Posted 28 June 2006 - 02:44 PM

Startravel has low rates, especially for students.
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#9 Eva Malahova

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Posted 28 June 2006 - 04:40 PM

Startravel has low rates, especially for students.



My Mom when she got a visa, bought a ticket at Sheremetievo Airport 3 days prior, and it was cheaper than anything online. I guess they lower their rates for last minute pick up, which is understandable. I lived in Albuquerque back than, so she had to change three flights Moscow - NY ( DL 30 or 31), NY-Cincinati, Cin- ABQ. She paid around $430- ve-ery cheap (compare to the lowest round trip price at that time was $918).
Just spend some time looking around, have her call some agencies too, she paid for one-way ticket here, and I apid for one ticket back to Moscow, at the end it was less than a $900.

Good luck in your search.
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#10 Larry and Maria

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Posted 28 June 2006 - 09:28 PM

Well, here's what I did after considering all the options. I'd not particularly suggest you do it; I'm sharing what I did and I did it for specific reasons. Everyone's circumstances are different: when flying, who's flying, from whence to ... all that adds up.

I've used the Atlanta - San Francisco Russian run company with an internet presence called Go To Russia. I've used them for the fourth time: once to the Ukraine, and two previous times to Russia. They offer a wide range of services. I've established a rapport with them and they know me. I've booked flights, had them get my passport renewed, gotten visas, and rented accommodations. For the right price, they'll do it all tomorrow -- not that you want to pay through the nose unless it's unavoidable! Nothing's perfect; for me so far, knock on wood, it's be an "A" -- dayum the bathroom and john last January with no radiator was phreaquin' cold. Now I know Russian winters ... well, not Siberia!!

Ok, to your question, Slim. What GTR did this time, claiming it was the cheapest for what I wanted to do, was get Maria's ticket quasi-RT meaning three out of four legs. Don't ask me 'cause I didn't understand; they just told me it was the cheapest to do SVO-JFK-TPA and then a return JFK-SVO. I know it's strange, strange, strange. The price was like $ 959.90 incl. tax, tip, gratuities. I did a bit of searching and for the small difference and trusting they'll take care of me like in the past, a few bucks (not even 100 for both of us combined) was not worth using my time searchin' ... gonna find her, searchin' every wayaya ... who sang that song?

That's my story and Ima stickin' to it!
I'm sure you'll do what makes sense for ya'll!
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#11 JenT

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Posted 28 June 2006 - 11:24 PM

Anyone cosider buying a round trip ticket and not using the return portion?

That's what we're planning to do...

Jen
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#12 Neonred

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Posted 29 June 2006 - 06:50 AM

Anyone cosider buying a round trip ticket and not using the return portion?

That's what we're planning to do...

Jen


That's what we did. Cost me around $800 for the round trip from Moscow to Florida for her which for some reason was about $100 more than my ticket. This was opposed to almost $2000 for the one way..(did they think I was that stupid???) I called delta and got the ticket over the phone. Was a lot easier than trying to figure it out online as we were traveling back to the US together.

Any way, there were a few days during that "adjustment period" that I thought we might be using that return ticket....LOL!!

Really, everything is great now and we are very happy together.
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#13 Turboguy

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Posted 29 June 2006 - 08:37 AM

My favorite site for one way tickets is www.kayak.com They have one way tickets and multi city tickets so if you want to visit more than one place you can. You can also originate anywhere, it does not need to be in the usa. The prices are usually the best I can find.

I did a few trips where I thought it was cheaper to buy a round trip and throw away the return. I wasted a fair amount of money that way. On Kayak the one way is usually close to half the price of a round trip.

Another site I have been using a bit lately is www.bookingbuddy.com They let you enter the data one time and check 7 major travel sites (including Kayak) The top three buttons there will let you originate outside the us. The bottom 4 will not.
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#14 Neonred

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Posted 29 June 2006 - 12:43 PM

My favorite site for one way tickets is www.kayak.com They have one way tickets and multi city tickets so if you want to visit more than one place you can. You can also originate anywhere, it does not need to be in the usa. The prices are usually the best I can find.

I did a few trips where I thought it was cheaper to buy a round trip and throw away the return. I wasted a fair amount of money that way. On Kayak the one way is usually close to half the price of a round trip.

Another site I have been using a bit lately is www.bookingbuddy.com They let you enter the data one time and check 7 major travel sites (including Kayak) The top three buttons there will let you originate outside the us. The bottom 4 will not.


Guess it really depends on what cities you are flying in and out of. I just checked kayak.com and a one way flight from my city to Moscow was going to be $600 more than a round trip booked on Delta.

That just shows that you have to look and compare a lot of options.
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#15 Marc and Olga

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Posted 30 June 2006 - 01:10 AM

Nice that lots of people chimed in with SVo, but I believe VVO (Vladivostok Airport) is quite some distance.

VVO, Nice airport, had to fly there to meet Olga in person! That was the best week of my life...also the most expensive and worth every USD! :D

From VVO either Vladivostok Air or Korean Air and that would depend on when she left... Vlad Air departs on different days then Korean air.

I flew Korean Air.
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