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Best most direct United routing Dulles- Palermo

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Best most direct United routing Dulles- Palermo

Planning for 2 weeks in Sicily flying on United,preferably for status benefits such as larger seats, or StarAlliance member from Washington Dulles to Palermo roundtrip or return from Catania.

What is the most direct routing with the least layover ?

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1. Re: Best most direct United routing Dulles- Palermo

You can do it round trip to Palermo on Lufthansa (code share), but I think if you want to use Catania you need to use Alitalia.

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2. Re: Best most direct United routing Dulles- Palermo

A good airfare search engine will give you the options: http://matrix.itasoftware.com

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3. Re: Best most direct United routing Dulles- Palermo

Welcome to Sicily artnuvo,

Contact United Airlines since United partners with Lufthansa for travel to both Catania and Palermo via Munich or Frankfurt.

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4. Re: Best most direct United routing Dulles- Palermo

on united website, almost all dc/baltimore-palermo flights are via fra or munich and have a layover of 18 hours or more.

what's another better gateway to avoid that lengthy layover? rome? Naples?

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5. Re: Best most direct United routing Dulles- Palermo

United works with Lufthansana, so you're stuck with the German transition points. They do have one short (1.5 hour) layover in Munich if you catch it right.

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6. Re: Best most direct United routing Dulles- Palermo

United isn't partnered with any airlines running service between Rome and Sicily, but Delta is partnered with Alitalia.

There is a short layover via Munich.

But perhaps connect in the United States, or in Paris via Alitaia's partner Air France.

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7. Re: Best most direct United routing Dulles- Palermo

Alitalia was always iffy and as concerns Air France you never know when a strike will be declared.

Re prior referenced posts,are there any additions I should keep in mind to this list for low cost airlines to Palermo or deletions that should be made:

"You may already have this information, but the airlines to check between Rome and Palermo/Catania are:

www.blu-express.com

www.volawindjet.it

www.easyjet.com (Roma/Palermo)

www.ryanair.com (Roma Ciampino/Trapani)"

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8. Re: Best most direct United routing Dulles- Palermo

Maybe the problem is flying from DC/Baltimore to Europe.

If you took a United commuter flight to JFK or EWR you could connect with LHR flights to MUC and on to Palermo or Catania. If have flown JFK-MUC-CTA, and only had an hour or two in MUC. However, I would be careful and be sure to clarify ahead of time with United re what status benes Lufthansa would grant you. They may not be the same as on an actual United flight.

Alternatively, you could book an actual United flight from DC, JFK or EWR to Rome or Milan and buy a separate ticket on your own for the flights to and from Sicily. The airlines you cited are all options, in addition, of course, to Alitalia domestic flights.

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9. Re: Best most direct United routing Dulles- Palermo

Yes exactly, connect in the United States to New York.

Windjet no longer flies, and blu-express no longer flies to Sicily.

Alitalia, Veuling, and Ryanair fly from Rome Fiumicino to Catania and Palermo. easyJet flies from Rome Fiumicino to Palermo. Meridiana flies from Rome Fiumicino to Catania.

Ryanair flies from Rome Ciampino to Trapani.

Allocate at least 3-4 hours for the connection in FCO if you book separate tickets, because you will go through immigration, collect your luggage, check in for your next flight, then go through security.

FCO hasn’t been the best with sending along luggage to Sicily with short connecting times, so be sure to include your name and hotel contact information both outside and inside your luggage. Pack your cabin luggage with all essentials for several days.

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10. Re: Best most direct United routing Dulles- Palermo

All.

Thank you for the advice and suggestions. Will further explore connections from rome-could not find any from milan or venice using ita matrix as well as united

not big on using United Newark or JFK for delay and additional expense reasons.

For my status with United, there are lesser benefits on staralliance members like Lufthansa from the us, i.e no choice of larger eco + seats on booking, among other things.