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Old May 9, 17, 5:19 pm   #1
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AA ORD-SWF segment run, $147/5 - October Tuesdays

For those of you qualifying on AA on segments...

ORD-CLT-PHL-SWF, long layover, SWF-PHL-ORD.

Most October Tuesdays. Requires a 5am-ish departure from ORD to get three eastbound segments, which kills it for me on a Tuesday.

ORD is $147. Some other cities (IND, BOS, DCA, DFW) are under $200 with less availability.

And the best part is no CRJ-200s.
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Old May 12, 17, 8:13 pm   #2
  
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Did you have to book this as two one-ways, or did you just go for max connections between ORD and SWF? I am not seeing this on GF, do you have a link to a sample fare?
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Old May 13, 17, 7:56 pm   #3
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Did you have to book this as two one-ways, or did you just go for max connections between ORD and SWF? I am not seeing this on GF, do you have a link to a sample fare?
https://goo.gl/flights/8x9R

You can only get 3 segments eastbound and only with that 5:30am flight, the schedules don't work westbound.
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Old May 14, 17, 6:26 am   #4
  
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2 one ways

So thanks for the segment info. My only hope to maintain Plat status on AA is to get to 60 segments this year. Do you book this as two one ways then? I got your google itinerary going east, but the whole thing only cost $147 (all 5 segments)?
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Old May 14, 17, 7:40 pm   #5
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So thanks for the segment info. My only hope to maintain Plat status on AA is to get to 60 segments this year. Do you book this as two one ways then? I got your google itinerary going east, but the whole thing only cost $147 (all 5 segments)?
I think you can book all 5 segments in one ticket. It was $147 the last I looked from Chicago, closer to $170-$200 from the other cities mentioned. There's about a 4 hour layover at SWF, which is not a big airport. I didn't ticket it because the 5:30am weekday flight in combination with the layover killed it for me, that's a 2:30am alarm clock from where I live.
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Booked it, or at least put on hold

Well I live about 2.5 hours downstate so it will be an early day, but I booked it for $163 out of Ohare. Should be an adventure
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And the best part is no CRJ-200s.
Great find indeed!

Though...PHL-SWF is on ER4, which isn't much of an upgrade from CRJ.
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Old May 15, 17, 12:42 pm   #8
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Great find indeed!

Though...PHL-SWF is on ER4, which isn't much of an upgrade from CRJ.
I can endure an A seat on a ER4. A CR2 is just too painful, and what I expect that Spirit or Ryanair or BA short-haul coach is now like.
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Old May 15, 17, 12:44 pm   #9
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Well I live about 2.5 hours downstate so it will be an early day, but I booked it for $163 out of Ohare. Should be an adventure
Hopefully you won't be cursing me afterward...

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Was playing around with this out of BOS or PVD. Found a 5-segment run (2500 miles to AS) on July 4th for $143:

https://goo.gl/flights/AEg3
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Mental Gymnastics or Good tools

So curious how any of you found this segment runs? Just perpetual playing around with options or are there better tools or ways to find these type of combinations? I think its pretty interesting, but curious how you do it
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So curious how any of you found this segment runs? Just perpetual playing around with options or are there better tools or ways to find these type of combinations? I think its pretty interesting, but curious how you do it
I use matrix.itasoftware.com and force it to do 3 AA flights on a one-way and do a one month search. I put in about 10 airports as a time for the destination.

Here's an example:
http://imgur.com/a/viBE6
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Whoa Nick, that's pretty legit matrix mojo. Gets my wheels turning...with just a bit of python and client side scripting, we could have ourselves an automated segment searcher...
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I use matrix.itasoftware.com and force it to do 3 AA flights on a one-way and do a one month search. I put in about 10 airports as a time for the destination.

Here's an example:
http://imgur.com/a/viBE6
And that actually runs without timing out? I am impressed.
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Old May 17, 17, 2:17 pm   #15
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And that actually runs without timing out? I am impressed.
About half the time. Adding destinations reduces the probability.
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