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Cheap American Airlines Airfare for TdF from Chicago & NYC(10 posts)

Cheap American Airlines Airfare for TdF from Chicago & NYCteoteoteo
Feb 5, 2003 6:28 PM
Below is repost from another BB. Not sure if rates are this cheap from other departure cities BUT this is insane cheap for peak travel season for Europe. I am working on getting this deal for me...I'll get details if I can get fair from DFW.

Between now and Feb 7, if you can travel on Friday/Saturday/Sunday into and then out of Paris, American Airlines has a sale for June, July and August. The round trip from Newark is $270 and Chicago $340. We booked a direct flight from Chicago on Sunday the 13th would leave on a Monday, the fare increased to$750.
re: Still goingteoteoteo
Feb 5, 2003 8:21 PM
After a little investigation on my own I came up empty handed but am still digging.
beware of bike charges nmcyclopathic
Feb 5, 2003 8:50 PM
Bike free on American last summer for TdF . . .Look381i
Feb 6, 2003 3:31 AM
I had confirmed ahead of time with American's international reservations that my bike could travel free as my second piece of luggage. Nonetheless, the counter agent tried to charge me. She finally agreed to check with her supervisors, though, and was corrected.

The bike and case, stuffed with other gear and spare parts. weighed over 30 kilos.

Policy may have changed, of course, as airlines look for every penny of new revenue.

By the way, American had (has?) much more leg room than other airlines in coach.
No worries guysteoteoteo
Feb 6, 2003 6:13 AM
Ok...well it was a travelocity special and was indeed true but the fares are all gone now.

As for the bike thing I have that covered. This will be my 4th trip over with a bike. If the chargesr look high I've got a reliable way to ship over a second bike ahead of time. I am also thinking of splurging on one of the new Ritchey "break away" frames that can pack in a normal size suitcase--it's similar to the co-motion but without the ugly couplers.

The frame is steel and is 3.8 pounds which is pretty resonable.
Bike free? let me checkcyclopathic
Feb 6, 2003 6:21 AM
I've called United international reservations and they don't charge for bikes to France; not sure about other carriers.
Bike free? let me checkFender
Feb 6, 2003 7:30 AM
What about domestic travel? Does united charge?
yes they chargecyclopathic
Feb 6, 2003 8:41 AM
all of them do :-(

out of carriers I've called British, Air France, United and Am Airlines do not charge bike fee to France; Delta does so screw them. United also sells a bike box for 10$ very convinient if you plan to tour no need to keep case around.

be the bike includes a some...NMstik__boy
Feb 6, 2003 12:31 PM
Problem there is....teoteoteo
Feb 6, 2003 8:33 PM
That many people with the coin for a Luxery trip ride a bike nicer than a 5200. Trek will get things together but when you offer less days for near the same price as other luxery companies than things change. Then factor in that Trek only offers 1 guide per 10 guests and every other luxery company runs 1 guide per 5 guests than things change more.

I love Trek and sell a lot of them but they are behind the curve on this one. They can catch up but it's hard to compete with smaller "niche" companies that have a real passion and the ability to manuever on a dime.

With the Lance and the Tour the market is saturated with customers who only want the Tour. Not bad for everyone involved when you sell 50 spots and have 50 on a waiting list but when other trips to Tuscany are done better by say Hampsten (who lives there) than you get no return. Lots of unsold packages on the 17 other non-TdF trip packages.

Sorry for the rant.....

ps I ride a Trek...