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Old May 29, 18, 6:16 am
Join Date: Nov 2008
Programs: AA EXP/LTP 4MM, BA GGL/CCR/GfL, HH Dia, SPG Plat/LTP
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Originally Posted by linz36 View Post
Hi all,

I need to be in Baltimore in early August. There seem to be two good fares around: PRG-BWI and ALG-BWI both starting at around 1300. I have not been able to find a good routing from PRG: If I add HEL the flight times are not great and I seem to often exceed MPM. ALG-LGW is SH+ however, so I have build:


Which I believe is 80+140+40+40 *2 = 600 TP, so 2.17 /TP.

I chose the PHL/CLT combination at random - are there better connection points (faster immigration/better lounges?)
On the return I would like to fly via an AA hub and visit a flagship lounge (hence ORD).

Suggestions/improvements are welcome! The dates above are approximate/can be adjusted.

EDIT: I have just realised and noticed I need a visa for Algeria - maybe a good PRG routing would be a better idea.
Presently having issues with ITA Matrix, so very sorry for not being able to give you examples.
Didn't know about a ALG-BWI fare, the ALG-JFK fare, more info here is very generous, not only being fully flexible, and lower than quoted, but also with unusual routings allowed. Using this fare for Baltimore, my preference would be the LAX-JFK lie-flat transcon both ways and connect to Baltimore by air/train/car.

On Friday, my trusted TA made a reservation for me flying ALG-MAD-LHR-LAX-JFK (18h) -LAX (stopover 10d) -LHR-MAD-ALG, fare 1109. As this is an ALG-JFK ticket, the stop in JFK (as also LAX) can be both longer and shorter, no min stay requirement.

LAX has a newly rebuilt Flagship Lounge in T4, and in TBIT there are the QF lounges.

There is a way around the Visa need - I'll be positioning to PAR. AF has a morning flight CDG-ALG, and Air Algerie (AH) , with good reviews, flies from both CDG and ORY, although the morning flight from CDG arrives 2h10 before the IB flight to MAD. Personally, when transiting in an airport unknown to me, I'd prefer more margins. Returning in the afternoon to PAR, after your final segment, you'll go TWOV on both occasions, saving time and money.

720 TP, not counting positioning flights, for 1.1K equals to 1.54/TP, which is one of the better with European origin (Northern Africa is by IATA definitions part of Europe )
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