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Fly, My Pretty, Fly!

Did some preliminary poking around on the question of "How Do I Get To Belfast From Chicago?" It turns out that a) I am going to need some serious school funding, which is fine, because I have several sources I can hit up, b) there are no direct flights, and c) most of the cheapest flights involve United Airlines.

That would be United Airlines of the "we didn't technically crash the plane, we just bonked it, we put the fire out relatively quickly, and you only had to spend three hours milling around in the baggage claim at O'Hare until we figured out how to get your carry-on bags back" flight from London back in 2010.

It would also be the United Airlines of the "sure, we said you can buy a ticket on our website; we just never said it would be either easy or intuitive to give us money in exchange for a plain coach seat" flight to Germany in 2011.

(It would also be the United Airlines of "United Breaks Guitars", but there's no way in hell that I'm bringing any instruments along on this trip.)

I don't like United, I think they give bad service, I don't want to fly with them. On the other hand . . . they run the cheapest flights, and the most flights, and I may not get the University to pay for another airline. Decisions, decisions. I may have to e-mail my advisor, who was in Vienna, last I checked, and have an e-powwow about this.

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marta_bee
Feb. 3rd, 2013 01:49 pm (UTC)
Whenever I fly to the UK, I usually get good prices on British Airs, but with a connection out of Canada rather than the US. I am yet to figure out the wheres or whyfors of that one, but it may be worth looking into. Best of luck getting this sorted out, though.
frenchpony
Feb. 3rd, 2013 02:36 pm (UTC)
I'll definitely check up on that. Thanks! I'd like to try to keep it to one layover, if possible, but we'll see how it goes. At least there's an airport in Belfast.
dot_o_choillmor
Feb. 4th, 2013 10:44 am (UTC)
Aer Lingus or British Airways?
frenchpony
Feb. 4th, 2013 12:17 pm (UTC)
Both options that I'd be happy to fly, definitely. The question is, will the University fork over the moolah if United can do the job cheaper? On my own, I might consider paying a bit more, but University financial support usually comes with the stipulation that you need to be flying the cheapest option for your travel plans.
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