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QR flights with connecting domestic flight in US

QR flights with connecting domestic flight in US

Old Mar 23, 17, 8:37 am
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QR flights with connecting domestic flight in US

I am getting increasingly frustrated with QR's pricing and wondered if anyone might have any suggestions or strategies. I am looking to book a roundtrip flight to the US. Prices to ATL (from BAH via DOH) on my dates are running around $3200 for J. However, if I search for flights all the way to my final destination STL, the price goes up to $6200! It only offers routes going through ORD, which is a more expensive flight for whatever reason. Sometimes booking to STL the only layover options are DFW, and sometimes PHL or JFK is given as an option - I haven't figured out the rhyme or reason to which routes are offered when.

I would rather not buy a separate little domestic leg for this trip so I don't have to deal with worrying about making that connection. But it's crazy to basically pay $3000 to add a 1 or 1.5 hour domestic AA flight!! Even when I search for a round trip AA flight from ORD and STL, a first class ticket is still less than $500 - no where near $3000!

Does anyone know if there is a way to specifically look for or ask for QR flights specifically transiting through ATL? Perhaps that would lower the overall ticket prices.

Thanks! Sometimes it really sucks not living in a hub city. :-(
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Old Mar 23, 17, 8:43 pm
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AA doesn't fly ATL-STL, so you will be routed through one of the other hubs and end up with a higher fare.
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Old Mar 24, 17, 6:04 am
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Of course! Duh. I can't believe I didn't think about that. Thanks! It's still annoying that the transit points that offer AA connections are way more expensive than ATL, but at least now I understand why. :-)
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Old Mar 25, 17, 10:30 pm
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Join Date: Dec 2000
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I do book a separate flight on AA (only!) and request QR to add it into the QR itinerary. By some miracle, the AA flight gets the QR PNR as well.

Works all the time
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