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1. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 8y

NO. Before the rumours start, I am not flying - this is to help a friend, not for me!

I'm looking for any ideas/cunning plans people can come up with as to the cheapest possible flight from Edmonton to Kuwait City.

There are no conditions here except cheap as possible, and my friend needs to be in Kuwait on Sept 24th at the latest. An arrival of up to a week/10days before that is fine.

We don't care if it's multiple changes, long waits, a RTW ticket, one way or return, something where part of the ticket is thrown away, or even includes a stop over iN Europe of up to 5-7days, if that works out much cheaper. It might even work out cheaper to buy a ticket to, say, Dubai or Oman, plus a cheap single to Kuwait. if it is a return flight (or a RTW), the return/continuation ideally needs to be either open or at least 8-9months into the future. if it is a RTW, there are bonus points if it can be routed through Korea!

I have done some searching, but want to know if anybody can find cheaper/more cunning prices (Edmonton to Europe is reasonably easy to do cheaply). Now over to you lot of experts...

2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 8y

www.skyscanner.net

kuwait-Europe-Canada or Kuwait-Istanbul-Germany-Canada

3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 8y

Try Zoom for cheap-ish tickets to Europe. Then see if your friend can't find a low-cost carrier from there.

Heather also introduced me to Kayak, where I've found lots of cheap flights. Worth a try!

It may be more expensive to fly out of Edmonton as opposed to, say, Toronto--but flights from Edmonton to Toronto will probably cost a fortune.

4. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 8y

I was hoping that you would offer something clever!

I have already tried all 3. The problem is i can beat Kayak by over 300CDN without really looking very far, which isn't a good sign. Skyscanner won't allow FROM Canada to any of Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman or Qatar for through/connected trips, and again, I can easily beat prices on their individual legs to/from Europe. Basically, i can't accept that i've found the cheapest, despite it being cheaper than "price comparison" sites that i've thus far found.

Zoom are pretty good from Montreal / Toronto, but prices from Edmonton and Calgary more than wipe out savings from other journeys. And I can't find a way of getting from Edmonton to TTO on the cheap at this point. It's also the wrong season for Ski-charter flights to West coast Canada, which can also save lots of money normally.

5. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 8y

Flying within Canada is always ridiculously expensive. My cousin just flew Montreal - Calgary for $1,100. I could fly to Paris from Montreal for almost half that. There's basically no way around it. Plus Edmonton is a small-ish hub compared to Montreal/Toronto/Vancouver, so prices from there will always be higher. A girl who used to work here flies back and forth to Dubai going Montreal-Shipol-Dubai. Don't know if that's the cheapest option, but it's also worth a try.

Try connecting through the US or driving down to a US city and flying from there (I know--it's not close). Maybe they could look up a lift to a bigger hub on craigslist and share the cost of gas (also ridiculously expensive). Porter airlines is also less expensive, but I don't think they fly from Edmonton.

Honestly, Rich, if there's a dirt-cheap way to fly within Canada, I've never found it. I helped my coworker look up flights to Vancouver on Kayak the other day, and Montreal-Vancouver was over $1,000. Then we tried Montreal-Seattle (2 hours' drive from Vancouver) and it came to about $400. So, that about sums it up.

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 2, 2008, at 10:36 AM by tway ]

6. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 8y

I agree with the post above - the problem is both cities are small markets which tends toward high prices. I'd look at pricing in 2 or more parts, say:
Calgary-London and London-Kuwait City

airfarewatchdog.com shows major CA cities, and it currently lists a fare of CAD667. round-trip for Air Transat YYC/Calgary-LGW/London - just an example as this is for June only

lastminute.com shows LHR/London-KWI/Kuwait with a low of GBP278. one-way on Turkish, but Gulf Air is a tad higher and much better airline

I also see that Sri Lankan Air has discount service between NRT/Tokyo and KWI/Kuwait

Jazeera is a local discount airline based in Kuwait for ME local travel - might be useful if you could find a cheap flight into Dubai for instance

some useful sites:

http://www.airfarewatchdog.com/SearchAirfares/tabid/160/Default.aspx

http://www.lastminute.com/site/travel/flights/

http://www.gulfair.com/index/index.asp

http://www.jazeeraairways.com/

7. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y

See if your friend can get a temp job with UPS or FedEx then hitch a free ride to Kuwait. (Hopefully not ending up like Tom Hanks (and Wilson) in "Castaway".) You asked for cunning...

8. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 8y

Good one, G.

Are there ships he could work on, maybe? To get over the ocean, anyway.

9. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 8y

I've found a one-way fare from Vancouver to Duesseldorf with Air Berlin for 374 EUR on Sep 22nd. Air Berlin is usually the cheapest for Canada-Germany. I think that for a one-way flight and the the distance involved the price is pretty good. To IST, Turkey from Duesseldorf it would then be another 120 EUR and with Air Arabia und Jazeera Airways he would then pay another 50-100 EUR to get from Istanbul to Dubai.

10. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 8y

Quoting t_maia

I've found a one-way fare from Vancouver to Duesseldorf with Air Berlin for 374 EUR on Sep 22nd. Air Berlin is usually the cheapest for Canada-Germany. I think that for a one-way flight and the the distance involved the price is pretty good. To IST, Turkey from Duesseldorf it would then be another 120 EUR and with Air Arabia und Jazeera Airways he would then pay another 50-100 EUR to get from Istanbul to Dubai.

The problem is Edmonton to Vancouver. Kayak has the cheapest at $300 Canadian (and that's Edmonton-Seattle-Vancouver on Alaska Airlines for a total flying time of 5 and a half hours).