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1. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 7y

ok so Philly is on the east coast of the states. dublin is on the other side of the atlantic.

why is this the cheapest flight?

American Airlines
Departs: 7:05p
Philadelphia (PHL)

Arrives: 8:35p
O'Hare Inter­national (ORD)
Layover in Chicago, IL (ORD) for 22h 40m

Flight 92 Departs: 7:15p
O'Hare Inter­national (ORD)

Arrives: 8:35a
Dublin (DUB)

(so they pick people up on the east coast, fly them halfway across the country in the opposite direction. make them wait a day and then fly them back over the east coast on the way to dublin?)

the flight back is even better:

Flight 93 Departs: 10:35a
Dublin (DUB)

Arrives: 12:35p
O'Hare Inter­national (ORD)
Layover in Chicago, IL (ORD) for 3h 25m

Departs: 4:00p
O'Hare Inter­national (ORD)

Arrives: 5:10p
Lambert- St Louis (STL)
Layover in St Louis, MO (STL) for 15h 05m


Departs: 8:15a
Lambert- St Louis (STL)

Finally it Arrives: 11:35a
Philadelphia (PHL)

Maybe I missed something but I don't remember clicking the check box that said find me the most inefficient travel route possible

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 7y

Yup--we were looking for last-minute emergency flights for Neal to get to Dublin this week, and the cheapest had him on a 24-hour layover in Philly. Ended up booking through my company's travel agent for a little more, but without all the hassle.

3. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 7y

Believe me, you don't want American Airlines! A few years ago American took 44 hours to get me about 500 miles in California (San Diego to San Francisco). They have no free booze on those flights, and very little service and older planes to boot! Do yourself a favor and fly any European airline over any American/US carrier!

4. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

Tip: don't look for flights out of Philly, look for flights out of New York City and either drive or take public transport (greyhound bus + airport van) to JFK. According to google maps it is only 100 miles, if that is correct flying out of JFK will be cheaper and faster.

5. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 7y

yeah I normally search laguardia, jfk, newark and philly

I just thought this itinerary was especially absurd. because when I found this, it actually was cheaper than direct flights from JFK and Newark. but only because they force you to travel on a low traffic day by giving you a 23 hour layover! and somehow it is still cheaper even though it would've taken me halfway into the the states and back. the fact that they can fly me around the country that much and still keep it cheaper than a shorter direct flight really makes me wonder how much airlines are gouging us when it comes to pricing.

seems the cheapest direct flight to ireland is newark to shannon.

6. Posted by tgrove (Budding Member 11 posts) 7y

American basically flys their International flights out of DFW and Chicago O'Hare.

We are leaving for France in about a month, and go through Chicago going, and coming back, we go through Dallas.

Have fun!