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CA IAH/NYC/WAS-TSE (Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan) $520-$550 all-in, many dates

CA IAH/NYC/WAS-TSE (Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan) $520-$550 all-in, many dates

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Old Aug 13, 19, 8:30 am
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CA IAH/NYC/WAS-TSE (Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan) $520-$550 all-in, many dates

Kazakhstan is often expensive and difficult to reach from the USA, so I did a double take when I saw the CA fare. The lowest fares book into L-class (25% RDM w/UA MP), but for an additional $50-100 this books into into T class which earns 50% in UA MP. Travel dates are very broad (and include Xmas Day departures):

ORIGINATING THE UNITED STATES -
PERMITTED 12JAN 19 THROUGH 12MAY 19 OR 23AUG 19 THROUGH
28SEP 19 OR ON 04OCT 19 OR 17OCT 19 THROUGH 30NOV 19 ON
THE OUTBOUND TRANSPACIFIC SECTOR
OR - PERMITTED 01DEC 19 THROUGH 09DEC 19 OR 25DEC 19
THROUGH 31DEC 19
OR - PERMITTED 07JAN 20 THROUGH 24APR 20 ON THE OUTBOUND
TRANSPACIFIC SECTOR.

I just booked 12/25 IAH-TSE, 01/05 TSE-IAD for $522 all-in on airchina.us. I've wanted to go to Kazakhstan for some time, and this deal allows me to do it on the cheap and enjoy *G bennies along the way. Note that most itineraries involve long layovers in PEK, but CA provides free transit hotel rooms on these fares. Enjoy!
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Old Aug 13, 19, 8:56 am
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Nice fare, but be warned that winter is not exactly warm there
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Old Aug 13, 19, 2:50 pm
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What are the visa requirements for Kazakhstan?
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Old Aug 13, 19, 3:38 pm
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Originally Posted by greycap7 View Post
What are the visa requirements for Kazakhstan?

No visa required for tourist visits to Kazakhstan by many nationalities, including American and Canadian citizens.
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Old Aug 15, 19, 9:22 am
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You can then take the train south to Almaty if you don't want to be as cold. Astana (or Nur-Sultan) has an excellent new train station.
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Old Aug 15, 19, 1:38 pm
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Originally Posted by RussianTexan View Post
You can then take the train south to Almaty if you don't want to be as cold. Astana (or Nur-Sultan) has an excellent new train station.
Also Air Astana or should we now call it Air Nur-Sultan? Has some pretty good Business Class fares intra-KZ or to neighboring countries... you can even snag a 767 on ALA-TSE...
But you might need your *G luggage allowance just for winter clothing with January at -45C at times...
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Old Aug 17, 19, 5:19 am
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If they had this from YVR, I'd be jumping all over it. Didn't they recently change to Qzaqstan? In any case, I'd love to visit and in winter would be cool too, I've been to Russia both times in Winter, it's lovely and that's kinda the way I wanna see those places.
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Old Aug 17, 19, 9:23 am
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What are the visa requirements for Kazakhstan?
For some countries (includes China) could be very complicated, they require an invitation letter from their government
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Old Aug 18, 19, 10:37 pm
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Two things:
1. The fare is this cheap because of the "weekend sale" going on at Air China. The fares will be slightly higher when booked after the weekend. As best as I can tell it's saving $30 or so.
2. How can you force a "T" fare on Air China? I see nowhere to force a fare class and the $518 fare I found is indeed in "L". I would pay the additional $100 (if that's what it really is) to get double the miles of the "L" fare.

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Old Aug 19, 19, 9:10 am
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Originally Posted by RobOnLI View Post
Two things:
1. The fare is this cheap because of the "weekend sale" going on at Air China. The fares will be slightly higher when booked after the weekend. As best as I can tell it's saving $30 or so.
2. How can you force a "T" fare on Air China? I see nowhere to force a fare class and the $518 fare I found is indeed in "L". I would pay the additional $100 (if that's what it really is) to get double the miles of the "L" fare.

-RM
On the second point, you can give CA a call and the agent will put the flights into T class. Air China does not charge a ticketing fee for bookings made over the phone, but you will have to submit a CC authorization form to complete the purchase.
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