Travel with different airlines made by the passenger

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  1. Eloy Fonseca Neto
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    Does anyone knows if there is a website that we can buy flight tickets combining our choice of airlines, for example from Boston to Seattle, I'd like to go with AA from Bos to JFK, then with sun country to MSP and then with Delta to SEA. I know this is possible only through a Travel Agent.

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    kayak.com will often give routings on "multiple airlines".
     
  3. LizzyDragon84
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    Unfortunately, you can't buy tickets through Kayak, which is what the OP wants to do. Orbitz and Travelocity do offer tickets that cover multiple airlines, so they're worth a look.
     
  4. Eloy Fonseca Neto
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    Yeah, but what I intended was to personalize my way. If I'm not mistake Kayak, orbitz and travelocity gives me the routing, but they don't let me make my own routing. Am I correct?
     
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    Using the multi-city option, you should be able to create the routing and airlines that you want to fly.
     
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    wondering why not just create your own route & then buy from respective airlines themselves?
     
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    That's a good question. The main reason is it puts all those flights onto one ticket. That makes interlining bags easier and it saves you from having to buy a whole new ticket if you misconnect. It may also help with minimizing change fees if you need to change something later.
     
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    But since they are different airlines (alliances) bags would have to be moved ourselves wouldn't they. Aa is not gonna give our bags to ua for a connection would they? (an example)
     
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    Actually, most airlines have an interline agreement with each other, even those outside of their respective alliances. For example, I've interlined bags from United to Ethiopian (years before they joined Star) with no problems.
     
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    Orbitz will do it for you automatically while also looking for value fares... Enter your itinerary, and it will display choices for single airlines, a specific alliance airlines or multiple airlines across alliances for you to choose from. You could probably also do your own search but it could be time-consuming and it might not yield the "best value.".
     
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    I'll ask the obvious question...why would you want to do this routing with 3 different airlines? Seems like it's more hassle then its worth. You can do the entire trip with just 2 flights and only use 1 airline (only looked at AA, but i assume DL can be done with 1 or less connection as well). Three flights with three different airlines ( and diffrrent aliances) has disaster written all over it.
     
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    The biggest issue in the OP's example is likely that SunCountry won't interline with the others. Just likeSouthwest won't and like JetBlue has only a small number of interline partners
     
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    That's a very good topic. I'm one who would like sometimes to fly the first leg with delta, then the second with United and the last with AA. But I don't think there is any system available right now that allows us to do that. If anyone knows, please do post.
     
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    There are plenty of ways to do this. The question is whether you're wiling to pay for the pleasure. In nearly every case you'll be buying a series of one-way tickets on each carrier and that gets expensive in a hurry.
     
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    Also, Sun Country and Delta use different terminals at MSP; you'd need to go landside and take the light rail.
     
  16. Sedosi

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    Yup. You can route it fairly easily on ITA-Matrix, and then print out the detail (with routing information) and purchase on Orbitz, Travelocity etc. Not sure if Sun Country will show up however, for no other reason then I haven't paid attention. (sorry)

    UPDATED TO ADD: I did some searching on ITA and Travelocity for kicks, couldn't find Sun Country flights so that's out.
     
  17. Wandering Aramean
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    ITA will absolutely show Sun Country flights.
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    The issue, as I noted above, is that SY doesn't interline. That means you cannot buy a single ticket with both SY and DL flights on it. You can buy multiple tickets and fly it but it will price out as multiple one-way flights.

    Another similar example where there is limited interline options is JetBlue. Search for non-stop NYC-MCO on ITA. You'll see a bunch of options covering AA, DL, UA and B6. Choose AA on the outbound and you can still pick any of the 4 on the return. Choose B6 on the outbound and only B6 and AA are available. Choose UA and UA, AA and DL are available.

    Interline deals are bilateral between the two signatory carriers and that has to be respected in the booking process.
     
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    Odd, I ran almost the exact same search and it didn't come up. Different days though, maybe that was it. I was later in the year.

    Learn something new every day.
     
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    Nope, nevermind. I was searching JFK-MSP Sep 14th, 2012 as part of a full trip based on his first post. So it didn't show up. I did see JetBlue on there so I'm not going crazy. (er) I see what you're saying now and why I couldn't see it at first.

    Thanks for the info. (now, back to his thread since I've unintentionally hijacked the thing...sorry)
     
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