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Old 07-25-2003, 06:54 AM   #1
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Hello again all!
I have a question about airline flights to Europe. Since I'm backpacking, and I've saved a lot of money, I want to go until my money runs out. The problem with that is one way flights are mega expensive. I've heard you can make them round trip flights for a lot cheaper and ditch the return flight, but it's illigal . Will there be any ramifications if I do this? Have people done this with succsess with out getting into any kind of trouble?I would really appriciate any responces that people can give. Thanks so much!!
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I do not see how it could be illegal to not return on the date on your ticket? I dunno know about that, it might be true. The only thing you have to watch is when you enter a counrty your time may be limited by the time you entered the country IE 3 months or 6 months, check with the official web site of the country your traveling to.

Where are you flying from and where are you flying too??? That may help in finding a cheap one way flight.

A couple ideas are open-ended tickets, you pretty much buy your ticket with no official return date, when you wanna leave you just call and book it a week or so in advance.


You could grab a one way flight on a stand by ticket, that would maybe be cheaper.
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I did exactly that 3 yrs ago. I bought one ticket and instead of leaving from that same city at that time, I bought another one way ticket flying home from a different city at a different date and ditched the original RT ticket.

You do need to buy a RT ticket, otherwise you´ll be questioned as to why you´re not returning. Will you be studying overseas? Did you have a job transfer? Where´s your visa´s? etc... Buy the RT and ditch the return end of it. Technically, you´re only supposed to be in the Schegen countries for no more than 90 days, but I´ve heard that they´re not strict on watching that. Germany might be strict, from posts that I´ve read online, but just go through Germany within your first 3 months and get them out of the way. But, if you leave the 11 countries for a couple of days, then return within the 11 countries, your 90 days starts over. Thats what I´ve heard. Go to Morrocco, or somewhere in Eastern Europe for a couple of days, then come back in.

I was in Madrid for over a year, and now I´m back in the states no problem.

You can wing it, it´s up to you. I wouldn´t worry about it B) .

One thing, when you do arrive back in the states, the customs at the airports usually run your passport through the machines, etc... Standard procedure. I was in a line where the customs guy was talking to his customers and asking questions like "oh, why were you there for so long?" Needless to say, I got out of his line and jump into the next line where the guy was just doing his work without smiling. You know the kind. He sits there with no rapport skills, doesn´t ask questions, and just goes "next." That´s the guy whose line you need to be in when you enter the US.
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I will tell you this in amsterdam they are pretty strict about how long you stay there for. My friend has been there for over 8 months, and the authority have gone to go look for him twice. so watch out what coutry you stay too long.
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Thanks for the heads up Llemus! that´s good to know
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If you want to stay in europe without going home on your return flight all you have to is at the end of the 3 months or whatever the country allows tourists to be there without a visa is leave the country you're in for a few days, get another stamp on your passport, and then come back into the country you're staying in..

be careful in the UK if you try to ditch your return ticket. a friend of mine did just this and ended up deported. my advice, take a weekend out of country every few months and you should be a-ok.

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Discount Ticket Brokers

AN AIR TICKET from a discounter, also known as consolidators, can often save you 5%-30% off the airline's cheapest advertised Coach/Economy fares almost any time of the year to Asia. These savings can be considerable, especially when you need to buy a ticket on short notice.

In order to know that you're getting the best deal, you will first need to do some comparison shopping. Call around to a couple of full service travel agencies and your favorite airline. See what the going rate is for the ticket you want. This will give you an idea about what the fair market value is of the ticket you're looking for.

Next, go to the listings in the following section and look for consolidators who provide tickets to your destination. Get several quotes before deciding on the best deal. Good luck!

Books about Discounters/ Consolidators
Air Travel's Bargain Basement : The International Directory of Consolidators, Bucket Shops and Other Sources of Discount Travel by Kelly Monaghan $7.96

Moffit's Consolidators Guide by Laura Frank $49.95

Discount Ticket Directory
All agencies listed below sell tickets to Asia to the general public.


Cefra Discount Travel: Scottsdale; 800-264-5055, 602-948-5055 fax 602-948-6896
Panda Travel: Phoenix; 800-447-2632, 602-943-3383


Air Brokers Int'l Travel Service: San Francisco; 800-883-3273, 415-397-1383, fax 415-397-4767
Airbound: San Francisco; 415-834-9445 fax 415-834-9447
All Continents Travel: Los Angeles; 800-368-6822, 310-337-1641, fax 310-645-0412
All Star Travel: Santa Clara; 408-247-9743, fax 408-247-2762
Anglo California Travel: San Jose; 408-257-2257, fax 408-257-2664
STA Travel:
Berkeley; 510-642-3000, fax 510-649-1407.
San Francisco; 415-391-8407, fax 415-391-4105
Travel Design Unlimited: Mountain View; 415-969-2000, fax 415-966-8262
BET World Travel: San Jose; 800-747-1476, 408-229-7880, fax 408-365-1101
Brendan Tours: Van Nuys; 800-491-9633, 818-785-9696
The Budget Traveler: Sausalito; 415-331-3700, fax 415-331-1377
Canatours: Los Angeles; 213-223-1111
Cathay Travel: Monterey Park; 818-571-6727 fax 818-571-1831
Char-tours: San Francisco; 800-323-4444, 415-495-8881, fax 415-543-8010
Cheap Tickets:
Los Angeles; 800-377-1000, 310-645-5054
San Francisco; 800-377-1000, 415-896-5023
Destinations Unlimited: San Diego; 800-338-7987,619-299-5 161
Discover Wholesale Travel: Irvine; 800-576-7770, 714-833-1136, fax 714-833-1176
Expanding Horizons: Santa Ana; 800-421-6416, 714-564-8330
Flight Coordinators: Santa Monica; 800-544-3644, 310-581-5600, fax 310-581-5620
Global Access: San Francisco; 800-938-5355, 415-896-5333, fax 415-227-4641
Japan Express: Los Angeles; 213-680-0550
Jetway Tours: Los Angeles; 800-421-8771, 213-382-2477
K & K Travel: Fullerton; 800-523-1374, 714-525-4494, fax 714-525-4586
Omniglobe Travel: San Francisco; 800-894-9942, 415-433-9312, fax 415-433-9315
Picasso Travel:
Burlingame; 800-247-7283, 415-579-1900
Los Angeles; 800-742-2776, 310-645-4400
Rebel Tours: Valencia; 800-227-3235, 805-294-0900, fax 805-294-0981
Skytours: San Francisco; 800-246-8687, 415-777-3511, fax 415-777-9290
STA Travel:
Los Angeles (West Hollywood); 213-934-8722, fax 213-937-6008.
Los Angeles (Westwood); 310-824-1574, fax 310-824-2928.
Santa Monica; 310-394-5126, fax 310-394-4041.
Sun Destination: San Francisco; 415-398-1313 fax 415-398-1399
Sunco-Carison Travel: San Francisco; 800-989-6017, 415-291-9960, fax 415-291-9950
Tokyo Travel Service: Los Angeles; 800-227-2065, 213-680-3545
Supersonic Travel: Hollywood; 800-439-3030, 213-851-0333
Travel Time: San Francisco; 800-235-3253, 415-677-0799, fax 415-391-1856
TS Travel: Woodland Hills; 818-346-8600, fax 818-883-4624
Way To Go: Los Angeles; 213-466-1126
Festival of Asia: San Francisco; 800-533-9953, 415-693-0880, fax 415-693-0884
World Link Travel Network:
Los Angeles; 310-342-1280, fax 310-342-1288
Santa Monica; 310-453-8884, fax 310-453-7924.


Fare Deals Travel: Englewood; 800-878-2929, 303-792-2929, fax 303-792-2954
Overseas Travel: Aurora; 800-783-7196, 303-337-7196, fax 303-696-1226
Regatta Travel: Aurora; 303-751-0666


Airfare Busters: Washington; 800-776-0481, 202-776-0478
Bethany Travel: Washington; 800-368-3274, 202-223-3336
Democracy Travel: Washington; 800-536-8728, 202-965-7200
Euram Tours: Washington; 800-848-6789, 202-789-2255
STA Travel: Washington; 202-887-0912, fax 202-887-0031


Airfare Busters: Boca Raton; 800-881-3273, 407-391-9590
ATC Inc.: Kissirnmee; 800-872-4601, 407-9324200
Direct Line Travel: Miami; 800-422-2585, 305-385-2585, fax 305-382-9429
Getaway Travel Intl: Coral Gables; 800-683-6336, 305-446-7855, fax 305-444-6647
Hostways Tours: Ft. Lauderdale; 800-327-3207, 305-966-8500, fax 305-966-7815
Palm Coast Tours: Lake Worth; 800-444-1560, 407-433-1558
Rebel Tours: Orlando; 800-732-3588, 407-352-3600, fax 407-352-3609
TFI Tours Intl (Miami Travel Center): Miami; 305-895-8115, fax 305-895-4653
The Smart Traveler: Miami; 800-448-3338, 305-448-3338, fax 305-443-3544
Travel People: Miami; 800-999-9912, 305-596-4800


All World Travel: Atlanta; 404-458-3366, fax 404-454-6023
Alpha Travel: Marietta; 800-793-8424, 770-988-9982, fax 770-988-9986
Everest Travel: Atlanta; 800-952-7534, 404-231-5222
JC Tour & Travel: Doraville; 800-239-1232, 404-451-1236, fax 404-451-9969
McAbee Travel: Atlanta; 800-622-2335, 770-396-9988, fax 770-393-0084
Midtown Travel Consultants: Atlanta; 800-548-8904, 404-872-8308, fax 404-881-6322
Orient Express: Atlanta; 800-535-6882, 404-936-0317
Skyway Travel: Atlanta; 800-944-2233, 404-525-6528
Spalding Corners Travel: Norcross; 404-441 - 1164


Asia Travel Service: Honolulu; 808-926-0550 fax 808-924-2177
Cheap Tickets: Honolulu; 800-377-1000, 808-947-3717
Pali Tours & Travel: Honolulu; 808-533-3608 fax 808-524-2483
Riverside Travel: Honolulu; 808-521-5645


Austin Travel: Elmwood Park; 800-545-2655, 708-452-1010, fax 708-452-9264
Borgsmiller Travels: Carhondale; 800-228-0585, 618-529-5511
Chisholm Travel: Chicago; 800-359-6388, 312-263-7900, fax 312-759-9234
Compare Travels: Chicago; 312-853-1144
Hana Travel Inc.: Buffalo Grove; 800-962-8044, 708-913-1177
Overseas Express: Chicago; 800-343-4873, 312-262-4971, fax 312-262-4406
STA Travel: Chicago; 312-786-9050, fax 312-786-9817
Travel Avenue: Chicago; 800-333-3335, 312-876-1116, fax 312-876-1254
Travel Center: Chicago; 800-621-5228, 312-726-0088
U.S. Int'l Travel: Chicago; 312-404-0990
Unlimited World Travel: Lyons; 800-322-3557, 708-442-7715


Cheap Tickets: Overland Park; 800-377-1000
Winggate Travel: Overland Park; 913-451-9200


Globe Tours: New Orleans; 800-374-8352, 504-522-6697
RMC/Dixieland: Baton Rouge; 800-489-4629, 504-273-9119


Fare Deals: Owings Mills; 800-347-7006, 410-581-8787, fax 410-581-1093
Hans World Travel: Rockville; 800-421-4267, 301-770-1717, fax 301-770-0650
Kambi Travel Int'l: Landover; 800-220-2192, 301-925-9012
Triple C Travel: Rockville; 301-279-7652


STA Travel:
Boston; 617-266-6014, fax 617-266-5579
Cambridge; 617-576-4623, fax 617-576-2740
Up and Away Travel: Boston; 800-276-8001, 617-236-8100, fax 617-247-2920


MT/Anderson Int'l: E. Lansing; 800-365-1929, 517-337-1300
GTI Travel Consolidators: Holland; 800-826-8234, 616-396-1234, fax 616-396-7720
Skybird Tours: Southfield; 810-559-0900


MT&T: Minneapolis; 800-832-2668, 612-784-3226
Plymouth Travel: Minneapolis; 800-736-8747, 612-541-9114


Group & Leisure Travel: Blue Springs; 800-874-6608, 816-224-3717, fax 816-228-2650
UniTravel: St. Louis; 800-325-2222, 314-569-2501, fax 314-569-2503


All Ways Travel: Rochelle Park; 800-878-0088, 201-843-7447
Garden State Travel: Jersey City; 800-537-2420, 201-333-1232
Gary Marcus Travel: West Orange; 800-524-0821, 201-731-7600, fax 201-731-1775
P.T.S.I.: Ramsey; 800-344-3962, 201-825-1600
Rupa Travel: Edison; 800-206-8869, 908-572-5000, fax 908-572-3456
Worldvision Travel Services: West Orange; 800-545-7118, 201-736-8210, fax 201-736-9659


Air Travel & Tours: NYC; 800-938-4625, 212-714-1100, fax 212-714-2180
Air Travel Discounts: NYC; 800-888-2621, 212-922-1326, fax 212-922-1547
All Continents Travel: NYC; 800-525-3632, 212-751-9051, fax 212-751-9053
Amirang Travel: NYC; 800-223-6225 or 800-212-7189
Am-Jet Travels: NYC; 800-414-4147, 212-697-5332
Cheap Tickets: NYC; 800-377-1000, 212-570-1179
Consumer Wholesale Travel: NYC; 800-223-6862, 212-695-8435, fax 212-695-8627
Favored Holidays: Sheepshead Bay; 718-934-8881, fax 718-934-4115
Fly Wise Travel: NYC; 800-359-4386, 212-869-2223
Flytime Tours and Travel: NYC; 212-760-3737 fax 212-594-1082
Globe Travel Specialist: NYC; 800-969-4562, 212-843-9885
Mill Run Tours: NYC; 800-645-5868, 212-486-9840
Moment's Notice: NYC; 212-486-0500
Oxford Travel: Beacon; 800-425-9958, 914-838-1190
Payless Travel: NYC; 212-573-8980, fax 212-573-8878
Picasso Travel: NYC; 800-525-3632, 212-751-9051
Pino Welcome Travel: NYC; 800-247-6578, 212-682-5400
Saga Tours: NYC; 800-683-4200, 212-696-5200
Schwaben Int'l: NYC; 800-457-0009, 212-432-0116
STA Travel:
NYC (Columbia); 212-854-2224, fax 212-316-0523
NYC (NYU); 212-627-3111, fax 212-627-3387
TFI Tours Int'l: NYC; 800-745-8000, 212-736-1140, fax 212-564-4081
Travel Center: NYC; 800-419-0960, 212-545-7474, fax 212-545-7698
Travel Expressions: NYC; 800-724-6274, 212-338-9730
Travel Today Int'l: NYC; 800-660-6669, 212-447-6565
Tulips Travel: NYC; 800-882-3383, 212-490-3388, fax 212-490-3580
Up and Away Travel: NYC; 800-276-8001, 212-889-2345, fax 212-889-2350
Zig Zag Travel:
Forest Hills; 800-726-0249, 718-575-3434, fax 718-575-5135
Lynbrook; 800-726-0249, 516-887-0776, fax 516-887-3682
Zohny Travel: NYC; 800-407-7255, 212-953-0077


Four Seasons Travel: Greensboro; 910-292-1887


Gateway Express: Portland; 800-334-1188, 503-242-0088
Unique Travel: Portland; 800-397-1719, 503-221-1719


Pennsylvania Travel: Paoli; 800-331-0947, 610-251-9944, fax 610-644-2150
Premier Travel Services, Inc: Philadelphia; 800-545-1910, 215-893-9966
Insider Travel: Plymouth Mtg; 800-872-8385, 610-834-8150
STA Travel: Philadelphia; 215-382-2928, fax 215-382-4716
Ticketworld/SAF Travel World: Philadelphia; 800-394-8587, 215-440-7600


Airfare Busters: Houston ; 800-232-8983, 713-961-3385
Aries Tours & Travel: Dallas; 214-638-7008, fax 214-638-1907
Carefree Getaway: Roanoke; 800-969-8687, 817-430-1128, fax 817430-0522
DFW Tours: Dallas; 800-527-2589, 214-980-4540
Embassy Tours: Dallas; 800-299-5284, 214-956-9600, fax 214-357-2580
EST International Travel: Houston; 713-974-0521
Katy Van Tours: Houston; 800-808-8747, 713492-2007, fax 713-492-0586
New World Travel: Houston; 713-779-9562, fax 713-779-3656
Royal Lane Travel: Dallas; 800-329-2030, 214-340-2030, fax 214-640-2082
Skypass Travel:
Dallas; 800-381-8687, 214-634-8687, fax 214-634-0559.
Austin; 512-467-8687, fax 512467-9353


Panorama Tours: Salt Lake City; 800-527-4888, 801-328-5390, fax 801-524-8405


Fellowship Travel Intl.: Richmond; 800-446-7667, 804-264-0121 fax 800-329-4384
Hans World Travel: Annandale; 800-963-4267, 703-658-1717, fax 703-658-1752
Landmark Travel Services: Alexandria; 800-556-7902, 703-750-3411, fax 703-941-7535
Sharp Travel Washington: Annandale; 800-969-7427, 703-941-2323


C & G Travel: Seattle; 206-363-9948 fax 206-365-8559
Cathay Express Travel: Seattle; 206-622-9988, fax 206-621-9213
EZ Travel: Seattle; 206-524-1977
Marco Polo: Seattle; 800-831-3108, 206-621-0700
New Wave Travel: Seattle; 800-220-9283, 206-527-3579, fax 206-527-3241
STA Travel: Seattle; 206-633-5000, fax 206-633-5027
Travel Team: Bellevue; 800-788-0829, 206-643-1600, fax 206-632-2721


Pacesetter Travel:Vancouver; 800-663-5115, 604-687-3083
A. Nash Travel:Toronto; 800-263-0869, 905-238-0075
Intair Transit: Montreal; 800-825-8538, 514-286-7078
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Air Fares Within the U.S.

Large (250,000 tickets annually) San Diego--based firm claiming to offer savings of $30 to $150 on most advance-purchase tickets. A subsidiary of industry giant The Travel Company.

CHEAP TICKETS, INC. (800/377-1000)
Although mostly selling domestic tickets, this giant among air consolidators can cut the price of an advance-fare ticket practically anywhere in the world by 15 to 25 percent, very often more. Web site:

MR. CHEAP TRAVEL (800/672-4327)
A primarily domestic specialist that cuts 17 percent from the price of any airfare--even international ones. The firm also works with several smaller upstart carriers, offering discounts of around 20 percent off published prices. Web site:

AIR4LESS (800/656-9247)
Seller since 1995 of discounted domestic air fares priced--it claims--at 25 percent below published rates. Can obtain tickets as late as two days before departure. Also operates Web site at

Nine-year-old specialist in domestic air fares, mainly transcontinental, last-minute to Florida, and flights to smaller cities. Its discounts average 20 percent.

Both Domestic and International Air Fares

A big one, selling more than 125,000 tickets each year. Formerly owned by TWA, now by one of the airline's former executives, its specialty is TWA air transportation but sells Continental Airlines and others, too. Web site:

PRICELINE.COM (Internet only, no phone)
You specify the price you're willing to pay to fly to and from a city on particular dates. If an airline accepts your price, you're obligated to fly on the routings and times of day they choose. An immense firm. Web site:

Transatlantic Air Fares

TRAVAC TOURS & CHARTERS, INC. (800/872-8800)
Long-established and highly respected source of discounted tickets to major European cities. Its best values are for the transatlantic high season (April through October). Good Web information:

COUNCIL TRAVEL (800/226-8624)
Owned by the eminent Council on International Educational Exchange, its cut-rate air fares are no longer confined to students (but still largely student-oriented). Web site:

DER TRAVEL SERVICES (800/717-4247 air fares; 800/782-2424 other travel products)
The German railway system owns this long-established firm that claims to provide discounts of 20 to 35 percent on advance-purchase European air fares and also offers a full range of other discounted travel services.

NEW FRONTIERS USA (800/366-6387)
The U.S. division of France's largest travel company allegedly beats published air prices to Europe by 20 to 30 percent, operates its own scheduled charter service to France (Corsair), and sells competitively priced fly-drive and air-hotel packages. Web site:

STA TRAVEL INC. (800/777-0112)
The other major student travel firm sells most of its tickets to Europe (25 to 30 percent off published fares, it claims) but offers domestic savings as well. Cheap backpacker-friendly European hotels are another specialty. Web site:

Air Fares to Latin America

PINO WELCOME TRAVEL (800/247-6578)
This high-volume discounter, over 25 years old, offers a considerable saving on tickets to Central America and Latin America. Web site:

ESCAPE TOURS (800/252-0775)
Houston-based company that's one of the largest specialists in Latin American air fares selling for as much as 30 percent off published prices. Web site:

SOLAR TOURS (800/388-7652)
One of the largest and longest-established of the consolidators to Latin America. Can nearly always save 20 to 30 percent off published advance-purchase fares, sometimes more, using most major carriers.

Air Fares Primarily to Africa

MAGICAL HOLIDAYS (800/228-2208)
One of the major discounters of air fares to Africa, typically offering 25 percent (or more) off advance-purchase fares. Also offers some of the best prices for safaris.

PREMIER TRAVEL (800/545-1910)
A 15-year-old that's one of the largest consolidators of African air fares, selling for as much as 30 percent off standard rates. Also offers well-priced land packages and safaris.

Air Fares Primarily to India

FESTIVAL OF ASIA (800/533-9953)
A specialist in southeast Asia and India, this San Francisco firm offers savings, it says, of 25 to 35 percent over published fares in summer and as much as 40 percent in shoulder seasons.

HARI WORLD TRAVEL (800/889-2968)
The largest consolidator of airplane tickets to India--saving customers a third, on average, off any advance-purchase ticket. For tickets without advance purchase, the discount can run higher.

Air Fares Primarily to Japan

CREATIVE MARKETING MANAGEMENT(800/458-6663, travel agents only)
Though this subsidiary of Japan Air Lines doesn't deal directly with the public, it will provide you (through your travel agent) with air savings to Japan of 30 percent or so in fall, 25 percent in summer and winter.

Founded by Japanese-Americans, this 15-year-old firm now serves all corners of Asia with discounts that can reach as high as 35 percent off standard rates. Web site:

Around-the-World Air Fares

Sells nearly 2,000 heavily discounted around-the-world fares each year. Offers an itinerary-building template on its Web site,

TICKET PLANET (800/799-8888)
Owner Nick Kontis may have originated the cheap around-the-world fare. Now his California-based company allows travelers to circumnavigate the globe for as little as $1,300. Web site:

Air Fares to Worldwide Destinations

PICASSO TRAVEL (212/244-5454)
Its main discount market is to Tel Aviv, but it also claims to provide cut-rate fares to all of Europe, Latin America, Africa, and some (but only some) Asia.

1TRAVEL.COM (800/929-2523)
A full-service Internet discounter of everything from air fares (domestic and international) and packages to hotel rooms and cruises. Features an e-mail service for last-minute values and an air fare search engine that compares consolidator and published fares. Web site:

AMERICAN PASSENGER CONSOLIDATORS (212/972-1558, travel agents only)
A pioneering consolidator, dealing heavily in discounted fares to Israel and Europe. Owned by airline veteran Michael Shamilzadeh, whose daughter's company "Travel With Naomi" (800/971-0006) deals directly with the public for many of the same flights.

ECONOMY TRAVEL (888/222-2110)
Specializes in Europe (mainly London, Paris, Rome) and some destinations in Africa and South America. Recently began listing both consolidator and published fares alongside each other, enabling the public to compare. Web site:

Claims to cover an unusually broad range of destinations: Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and India. Eleven years in business.


SPUR-OF-THE-MOMENT CRUISES (800/343-1991, hot line 310/521-1061)
Owned by the ebullient Duke Butler, it's been known to give 40 percent off on last-minute bookings, somewhat less on cruises reserved two or three months ahead. Web site:

THE CRUISE LINE, INC. (800/777-0707)
Giant Miami-based company, now part of a discounting conglomerate of cruise brokers. Publishes a good-quality magazine, The World of Cruising, highlighting current bargains.

CRUISES ONLY (800/895-3771)
Orlando-based, its staff consists of dozens and dozens of telephone reservationists who sell more than 100,000 cut-rate cruise tickets each year. Now affiliated with The Cruise Line, Inc. (above) and others. Web site:

A feisty independent operating out of West Hartford, Connecticut. Has particularly good rates and a staff of experienced counselors who provide helpful advice when time permits.

CRUISE.COM (888/609-8224)
Mostly handling Caribbean cruises, this long-established Florida firm claims to offer up to 50 percent off a wide range of itineraries. Visiting its Web site ( is like entering a mammoth cruise shopping center.

Fifteen-year-old Michigan-based outfit that claims to sell virtually every cruise on the market at discounts between 40 and 50 percent off published rates. Its "cruise-grams" alert customers to special offers.

Nine-year-old California company whose stock-in-trade is last-minute sailings, with typical savings of 40 to 50 percent off published rates. GalaxSea is particularly strong on Alaska, the Panama Canal, Europe, and Mexico. Web site:

Hotel Rooms

Began as a booking service for Atlantic City; now works with over 1,000 hotels in 16 cities. Average savings are 20 to 25 percent, though they can go as high as 40 percent. Its Web site ( is excellent.

This veteran books hotels in Miami, Orlando, New York, San Francisco, Boston, Atlanta, and Chicago, regularly offering discounts of at least 15 percent and frequently as much as 30 percent. Web site:

Books only good-quality New York and Los Angeles hotels at discounts that often approach 30 and 40 percent, depending on time of year. The hotel is paid directly--no prepaid vouchers.

A big selection of U.S. cities--24, to be exact--distinguishes this large, eight-year-old company, as does its claim to obtain first-class accommodations for under $100 a night per room. Average savings, it claims, can run 20 to 30 percent. Web site:

HOT ROOMS (800/468-3500)
Chicago-only service, a pioneer in hotel discounting that books 30,000 rooms annually at savings of up to 40 to 50 percent off published prices. You pay the hotel directly. Web site:

1-800-USA-HOTEL (800/872-4683)
Offers around-the-clock reservations service as well as discounts of up to 40 and 50 percent, working with more than 11,000 domestic hotels, including most major chains. You pay the hotel directly. Web site:

QUIKBOOK (800/789-9887)
Handles 200 or so hotels in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. This service can often slash 25 to 30 percent off a property's quoted rates. Web site:

TRAVEL INTERLINK (800/477-7172)
Represents thousands of hotels, primarily in Asia and Europe, and offers discounts off their published rates that can run as high as 30 to 50 percent. Also has significant discounts on many land packages.

HOTEL CONXIONS (800/522-9991)
Discounts the rates of 200 hotels in eight U.S. cities--New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Miami, Orlando, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Claims its cuts average 30 percent, and also states it has space in generally sold-out periods.

HOTELSONLINE.COM (800/383-2270)
This five-year-old has enormous reach, offering 56,000 hotels (including most major chains) virtually everywhere in the United States. Claims it can save you between 40 and 65 percent, occasionally more, with biggest savings in shoulder seasons. Urges you to use its Web site:

HOTRES.COM (Internet only; no phone)
A brand-new service currently handling only New York City--with 30 midtown hotels in all price ranges--but soon to expand to Las Vegas, San Francisco, Orlando, Miami, and Los Angeles. Claims to save between $20 and $60 nightly on rooms. Web site:

Represents 1,500 or so West Coast hotels in 100 locations that include not only California but also Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia. The San Francisco--based service claims it can cut 30 to 40 percent off published rates. Web address (its site is excellent):

TRAVELSCAPE (888/335-0101)
Formerly known as Las Vegas Reservations Systems, this ten-year-old is currently branching out to 800 hotels in 100 U.S. locations. Discounts average 25 to -30 percent. Its first-rate Web site helps you to create low-cost domestic air-hotel packages. Web site:

European Auto Rentals

AUTO EUROPE (800/223-5555)
Venerable consolidator founded in 1954 to rent cars at a discount from 4,000 foreign locations, three quarters of them in Europe, while others are in the Middle East, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, Asia. Charges generally 15 to 20 percent less than traditional rental firms. Web site:

This 12-year-old Europe specialist rents cars in more than 4,000 locations (also in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Central and South America, Mexico, and the Pacific) and claims it can undercut the major car rental firms by 20 percent and more. Web site:

another good offer from Malaysia Airlines, check it out:

The Malaysia Airlines’ AccessAsia Pass lets you fly to any or all of 24 great destinations in Southeast Asia for one extraordinarily low fare of $747* per person. Price includes round trip Economy Class fare aboard our luxurious B747’s between Los Angeles and Kuala Lumpur, or aboard our B777 SuperRangers™ between Newark and Kuala Lumpur, plus Economy Class travel to any or all of the other 23 listed cities you want to fly to within a 30-day period. You can also add cities in Australia, New Zealand, the Indian subcontinent, China, South Africa, South America and Europe for a small additional charge. You can even extend the 30 day period or upgrade to First or Business Class at a special low rate as well. Check out the details below and call your travel agent. Then pack your bags for the trip of a lifetime.

Fly to any or all of these cities for only $747*
Bali (Denpasar) • Bandar Seri Begawan • Bangkok • Canton (Guangzhou) • Cebu • Hanoi • Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) • Hong Kong • Jakarta • Kaohsiung • Kota Kinabalu • Kuala Lumpur • Kuantan • Kuching • Langkawi • Manila • Medan • Penang • Phnom Penh • Phuket • Singapore • Surabaya • Yangon(Rangoon)

Plus: Taipei is included to/from Los Angeles only. Dubai is included to/from Newark only.

*Round trip from our Los Angeles or Newark gateways. AccessAsia Pass is available only to North American residents and is priced at USD $747.00 per person. Applicable local taxes/fees are additional.

Peak Season Travel Surcharge
A peak season surcharge of $150.00 will apply for the following travel dates:

From Los Angeles: From June 1 to August 14, and from November 16 to January 14.
From Newark: From May 31 to August 27, and from December 13 to January 22.
All travel must commence by December 31, 2002.
There's never been a better time to explore Asia
The strength of the North American currencies, hotels, meals, sightseeing and shopping offer breathtaking values. As Southeast Asia’s largest airline, Malaysia Airlines is in a unique position to provide you the opportunity of a lifetime with “AccessAsia Pass”. However, space is limited so contact Malaysia Airlines or your favorite travel agent at your earliest convenience.

Complementing the “AccessAsia Pass” is our Stopover Holiday Program to Malaysia and Singapore and CityStay Program to other cities in Southeast Asia.
For extended travel within domestic Malaysia, our “Discover Malaysia” Pass is available from USD $199.00.
Other Option (If trip originated in Los Angeles
and ends in Newark.)
Los Angeles If trip originated in Newark and
ends in Los Angeles.) $400.00


Peak Season Surcharge

Extension of travel period
U.S. $
Extension travel validity to 45 days
Extension travel validity to 60 days

Extension travel validity to 90 days



Optional Upgrades
U.S. $
One way Business class upgrade
• Los Angeles
• Newark $1,199.00
One way First class upgrade
• Los Angeles
• Newark

Reroute/Reissue, per transaction

Refund/No Show penalty:
Prior to Departure
After Departure
Revalidation (date change)


Rules and Regulations
“AccessAsia Pass” is available only to North American residents with North American mailing addresses and is priced at USD $747.00 per person excluding all applicable local taxes and fees. No reductions for students, senior citizens, children or infants.

Travel must commence by December 31, 2002.

Malaysia Airlines “AccessAsia Pass” must be purchased through a North American Travel Agent.

“AccessAsia Pass” includes round trip Economy Class air transportation between either Los Angeles or Newark and any of the qualified cities via Kuala Lumpur.

All travel must originate from North America and the air tickets must be purchased in North America only.

All applicable local taxes/fees/insurance surcharges are additional.

“AccessAsia Pass” tickets must be issued within 7 days of the reservation.

Minimum and maximum stay is 7 days and 30 days from departure unless an extension is purchased.

Unused portions/segments of “AccessAsia Pass” are not refundable.

Not valid on non-Malaysia Airlines operated code-shared flights.

All flights should be confirmed and no wait-lists are permitted.

No frequent flyer miles of any kind may be earned on this fare, and no frequent flyer points may be used to redeem this ticket.

With the exception of Kuala Lumpur, the “AccessAsia Pass” may not be used to fly to any one city more than once.

This fare is not combinable and cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion currently offered.

Travel Agent Booking Information
Booking class Q
Fare Basis QAAPASS

AccessAsia Pass Tickets
Are Only Sold Through Travel Agents –
So Call Your Favorite Travel Agent
And Pack Your Bags
For The Trip Of A Lifetime! B)
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I would definitely check thorugh consolidators too, to see what disounts are available.

Thanks for the detailed list, PB

Yeahyeah, I hear you on leaving the country and re-entering. Anyone wnating to play it safe should heed that advice to avoid any problems. Thanks
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