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Trying to plan a trip to Punta Cana, hard time w/ airfare

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Trying to plan a trip to Punta Cana, hard time w/ airfare

All,

My husband and I are trying to plan a mini vacation to Punta Cana. We have been twice before and love it. I need help with airline tickets. Everywhere I look they are upwards of 550 or more! Per Person!

At that rate the plane ticket will be more than the hotel!

Any ideas?

York, Pennsylvania
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1. Re: Trying to plan a trip to Punta Cana, hard time w/ airfare

Check USA3000.com. They have last mintute deals trying to fill the charters. You can get flights for a low as $99.00.

Toronto, Canada
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2. Re: Trying to plan a trip to Punta Cana, hard time w/ airfare

That doesnt sound too bad. It would probably cost me more to fly from Toronto to Virginia.

If you're budget minded and dont mind any inconvenience, have you considered putting a bid for a plane ticket using Priceline's bidding service? Usually you can knock 50% off a ticket price, but the travel hours will probably be inconvenient. I'm not sure if you can bid on international destinations, check their website.

Something to think about.

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3. Re: Trying to plan a trip to Punta Cana, hard time w/ airfare

Unfortunately we don't live near any of USA3000 hub airports. We are in southern virginia. We used to live near D.C. so then we took the USA3000 flights.

Toronto, Canada
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4. Re: Trying to plan a trip to Punta Cana, hard time w/ airfare

Don’t feel bad, at least you don’t live in Canada

where the taxes for air flight at $600.00 for two.

If you don’t get a last minute flight then your in big trouble.

Our flight on Airtransat this past January was $2400.00 for the two of us....This is flight only not the resort.

flight: Transat Holidays

for your flight information, refer to the itinerary below

Flight $1,858.00

$779.00 ea + $150.00ea. Club Class

Tax $636.00

Total $2,494.00

Now we pay an extra $150.00 per person for Club class, so take off $300.00.....

Canadians get ripped off for flights and even packages with the taxes we pay.

My friend fly’s out of Cleveland and pays under $1100, tax in for two of them........Sometime less, much less

Be happy you’re American and book last minute flights

Morristown, New...
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5. Re: Trying to plan a trip to Punta Cana, hard time w/ airfare

Can you be flexible with your dates? Did you check +/- a few days? We saved hundreds on airfare by flying thursday-to-thursday vs. saturday-to-saturday.

Toronto, Canada
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6. Re: Trying to plan a trip to Punta Cana, hard time w/ airfare

If transat charged $1200 for flight to DR i think you got ripped off!

You can fly to Greece or Italy for that kind of money! Charter services have arrangements with the tour operators. If you try to sidestep the tour operators' packages and book a flight direct, the flights can be seriously overpriced when using charters.

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7. Re: Trying to plan a trip to Punta Cana, hard time w/ airfare

would it be possible to cancel your hotel and book a package with apple or other tour operator? I paid about that much for the whole package for 5 nights through apple.

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8. Re: Trying to plan a trip to Punta Cana, hard time w/ airfare

I did the apple package and before it was 250 pp before flight. Then I added the flight and it went to 950 pp. It is onyl 3 nights so that is kinda pricey!

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9. Re: Trying to plan a trip to Punta Cana, hard time w/ airfare

The flight to DR seems to be about 1/2 the total of the trip or so it was for me.

Hunlock Creek, PA...
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10. Re: Trying to plan a trip to Punta Cana, hard time w/ airfare

I'm staying for 6 nights at PCP and the flight was about 1/2 the price.

Stinks, but thats the airlines for ya!

Next year I'm thinking about taking the family to san Diego, from PA so its across country (3000ish miles) For 5 plane tickets, 2 hotel rooms(not AI) and a car rental, It will be the same price as 2 of us going to a punta cana AI.