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Seeking Help Finding Reasonable Fare for IAD-PRG next week 8/15 -8/19/2018

Seeking Help Finding Reasonable Fare for IAD-PRG next week 8/15 -8/19/2018

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Old Aug 10, 18, 11:46 am
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Seeking Help Finding Reasonable Fare for IAD-PRG next week 8/15 -8/19/2018

Trying to get from IAD to PRG next week in business class 8/15 -8/19. I definitely should have purchased it earlier. Anyone have a tip or suggestion of a way to get the flight closer to 6 or 7K? Everything is coming up closer to 10K right now.

Have tried routing through, MUC, FRA, VIE.

Could do TK, but flight is extremely long (27 hours) and I have no idea how TK credits to United - it says Business (K).

Appreciate your sage advice and help.
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Old Aug 10, 18, 11:57 am
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Your inside 5 days... IMhO its not likely to get cheaper.

Check google flights, or try getting into rough position with WOW (Wow the low cost carrier that connects through KEF).

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Old Aug 10, 18, 11:58 am
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Try EWR/BWI/DCA, or even BOS as beginning gateways.
Look if buying W and using GPUs make sense.
Try also a different return city.
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Old Aug 10, 18, 12:06 pm
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Originally Posted by Zoltar View Post
Trying to get from IAD to PRG next week in business class 8/15 -8/19. I definitely should have purchased it earlier. Anyone have a tip or suggestion of a way to get the flight closer to 6 or 7K? Everything is coming up closer to 10K right now.

Have tried routing through, MUC, FRA, VIE.

Could do TK, but flight is extremely long (27 hours) and I have no idea how TK credits to United - it says Business (K).

Appreciate your sage advice and help.
Some flights still available in J to Vienna and then take train / buy separate ticket / drive to PRG....

IST flights to VIE
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Old Aug 10, 18, 12:19 pm
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Looks like there is award availability in J on OS/LH to PRG on 8/15. Tough part is getting back on 8/19 - you can buy a ~$1,350 o/w in economy back on LH via FRA which books into B (GPUable).
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Old Aug 10, 18, 12:22 pm
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Old Aug 10, 18, 12:40 pm
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There's a $3500 1-stop fare IAD-DUB-LHR. Then separate ticket LHR-PRG.
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Old Aug 10, 18, 12:46 pm
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Nice - I limited myself to *A - selfish mistake I know....
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Old Aug 10, 18, 3:14 pm
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PHL-TXL on EI for 3345 USD; it's a short flight or 4hr train ride from Berlin to Prague.
DCA-PRG on AA/LO for 5578 USD.
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Old Aug 10, 18, 4:27 pm
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If you insist on flying out of IAD, on *A, in J and to PRG, you have set yourself up.

You need to broaden your parameters in the order of importance to you. and then start working towards a cheaper fare. This means determining which of the four criteria you have established can go by the wayside and how far you are willing to drive or take the train.
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Old Aug 10, 18, 7:31 pm
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Originally Posted by Often1 View Post
If you insist on flying out of IAD, on *A, in J and to PRG, you have set yourself up.

You need to broaden your parameters in the order of importance to you. and then start working towards a cheaper fare. This means determining which of the four criteria you have established can go by the wayside and how far you are willing to drive or take the train.
Thank you. Yes, that's pretty accurate and good advice (as is much of the advice in the thread - so thank you to all).


Sadly I have very little say around the dates.

I would rather not spend more than 4 hours on a train.

I would prefer being able to earn on United over some of the other options.

May not be possible outside of buying in Y and using miles for this one, but trying to see what options exist if any.

I know this is a problem I created by not buying in advance.

Thank you again to all for your help and advice. Have been working through all of them to see if they fit my situation.
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Old Aug 12, 18, 11:03 am
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Split ticket connections are you friend here. Kacee had a good suggestion; I searched and found IAD-HAM for ca. $3,300 on your dates so you could fly e.g. IAD-MUC-HAM/HAM-ZRH-PRG and PRG-VIE-HAM/HAM-ZRH-IAD for USD 3,300 plus EUR 400 (overnights in HAM on the way back, which might be a deal-breaker but it seems like only the morning ZRH-IAH has P space).

PRG-HAM can be done non-stop if you don't mind skipping being on *A for that segment.
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