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Last minute dash to NYC - compassionate fare?

Last minute dash to NYC - compassionate fare?

Old Apr 13, 19, 9:10 am
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Last minute dash to NYC - compassionate fare?

Hi - just looking for a quick piece of advice. My wife may very well have to dash over to EWR tomorrow as her mother is in a very bad way. I have Silver status and was wondering if BA offer a compassionate fare instead of the expected enormous Y fare we will expect to face with such short notice?
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Old Apr 13, 19, 9:16 am
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I've checked to see if I could find any flight+hotel or flight+car deals that get around the high prices but unfortunately I couldn't find any. I'm not sure about compassionate fares, hopefully someone will be along soon who knows more on that front.

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Old Apr 13, 19, 9:18 am
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Where are you based in UK / Europe?

Last minute Y tickets from Europe to NYC are not that bad.

You have a LGW-JFK one way ticket with Norwegian for 515 tomorrow. Even cheaper if you buy a return flight.
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Old Apr 13, 19, 9:27 am
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Sorry, yes - using either LHR or LGW. I'm checking various options but just wondered whether there is such a thing as a compassionate fare. I know they are good for a last minute change due to compassionate issues but not sure about a purchase with less than 24 hrs notice.
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Old Apr 13, 19, 9:30 am
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OP has not advised where his wife would be departing from, but as an example, DY has singles for LGW-JFK tomorrow for as low as GBP 629. While JFK is not EWR, the savings may make that worthwhile.
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Old Apr 13, 19, 9:31 am
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Booking a return would be a good option to lower the price, as will forgoing Oneworld if getting there is what matters. I see a cheap KLM flight via Ams for just shy of €600, or you can do a Norwegian direct.
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Old Apr 13, 19, 9:31 am
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OP has not advised where his wife would be departing from, but as an example, DY has singles for LGW-JFK tomorrow for as low as GBP 629. While JFK is not EWR, the savings may make that worthwhile.
Thanks - it really has to be EWR as the ride from JFK to the area of NJ she needs to be is about 2 hours or more!!
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Old Apr 13, 19, 9:49 am
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Thanks - it really has to be EWR as the ride from JFK to the area of NJ she needs to be is about 2 hours or more!!
Why not get the train from JFK to NJ?
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Old Apr 13, 19, 9:55 am
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Originally Posted by DYKWIA View Post
Why not get the train from JFK to NJ?
That's at least a 3 seat ride (and more depending on where the OPs good lady needs to be)

Air Train to Jamaica

LIRR to Penn

Penn to NJ.
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Old Apr 13, 19, 9:55 am
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Why not get the train from JFK to NJ?

Believe me when I say if I suggested that to her to save some s, I would be the next one in a 'bad' way....

I'm actually seeing some good UA flight prices at the moment and depending on when I make the return, BA is available for 840-ish return. I'm going to ring the Silver Line and see what they can do, if anything.
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Old Apr 13, 19, 9:56 am
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Maybe also check PHL as that might be close as well?
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Old Apr 13, 19, 10:11 am
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If you have the Avios there is availability for tomorrow, 20k plus around 250?
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Old Apr 13, 19, 10:14 am
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I can see Avios availability LHR-EWR in economy on both flights tomorrow (14 April) and in premium economy on the later flight.
20k Avios and 251.

Then book a return flight to get back, with the return of the return (if you see what I mean) dated well into the future. Either change it to a suitable time and reuse it, or cancel and ask for taxes back (if any).
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Old Apr 13, 19, 10:17 am
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United has direct flight to EWR tomorrow at 7AM Tickets at 339 return. at this price no need for a special fare.
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Old Apr 13, 19, 10:24 am
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To answer the OPs question, no there is no such thing as a compassionate fare.
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