Thursday, October 09, 2008

Ticket prices and European airports

So, I'm off to Sweden again, leaving next Thursday for another intense, crazy 8 day stay. I' tried to use the Swedish travel agency to get the tickets (making it a lot easier with expense reports etc), but when they came up with a price of 16533 SEK, flying into San Francisco instead of Sacramento that I have asked for (with the statement that it "looked close enough on the map"...) I turned to my friend Expedia.com and got the tickets for about 8500 SEK...

Flight SK 945 from Stockholm to Chicago was totally booked for my return (what's going on in Chicago on October 24??), that both Expedia and the Swedish travel agency were sure of, so I'm returning through my favorite (not) European airport Frankfurt. I rather go through Amsterdam (like Schiphol a lot!) or Paris (because Paris is always Paris after all). Oh, well. If things work out, I'm spending only 45 minutes in Frankfurt. Which really is what is worrying me... stop overs with less than an hour usually means looooong stop overs. Cross your fingers for me on October 24.

8 comments:

malin2 said...

October 24th... if I am not wrong that is the first day of Novemberlovet.

JaCal said...

Malin2 - mhm... so that could be it then... all the Swedes are taking off for Chicago! But not Frankfurt apparently... ;-)

Paul said...

I tried to book a flight for my girlfriend on the 26th over Chicago, but apparently the CPH-ORD flights are no longer landing 5.45pm but 7.15pm. Suddenly there are no connections over Chicago anymore.

I guess that has to do with the stupid fact that US daylight savings time and European daylight savings time is not the same.

Maybe all people booked on flights after the 26th had to book a couple of days earlier? Stupid DST.

I finally found a cheap one-stop ticket with Delta for less than 1000USD through our local Swedish travel agency over Atlanta. :)

JaCal said...

Paul - aha... DST... Hate DST - it screws up everything those weeks we're out of sync with Sweden. I've also heard (even though I couldn't find anything about it now when I quickly looked) that the ARN/CHP-ORD flights will not be as frequent as before... I really hope that was just bad dream... I'm glad you seem to have a much better agency that we obviously have... 16000 SEK for a ticket is a joke (our agency is actually based out of Malmö I think...).

BritGirl said...

Going home again? Grrrrrrrrrr!! ;P

KARLAVAGNEN said...

Safe trip back! Schipol is my number 1, favourite airport.

TT said...

...och som vanligt missar vi varandra med en dag eller två... kommer in den 2 november!

JaCal said...

Britgirl - yes... unfortunately... long trip, short time, intensive week - believe me - I wouldn't mind staying in California this time.... But I know what you mean. Wish I could give you a beam machine...

Karlavagnen - Thanks! Yes, I really like Schiphol - always felt good there. Too bad it's tricky to find connections with KLM through Amsterdam to here or that would be my connecting point always.

TT - jahaja... det var ju himla typiskt då. ;-( Men någon gång denna vinter borde vi kunna få ihop det...