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REXAMUS 04-09-2012 09:32 PM

Multi-City Travel
 
Anyone have any suggestions for multi-city travel? Hard to find package deals when you are all over the place.

Here is what we want to do.

- Fly to Dallas and stay there for two days
- Drive to Houston and stay for two days
- Fly to Las Vegas and stay for three days
- Fly back home.

Looking to do all of this:

- Rangers baseball game
- Dallas Aquarium
- Dallas Zoo
- Dallas stadium
- Houston Arboretum
- Houston Space Center
- Grand Canyon

Anyone have any suggestions on travel or how to save some money?

joecaption 04-09-2012 09:42 PM

It's called Open Jaw travel, Google it and hundreds of sites come up about it.
Here's one I found.
http://www.travelblogs.com/articles/...w-and-stopover

user1007 04-11-2012 04:55 AM

I used to live on airlines and had an absolutely magical travel agent that knew all the tricks. PM me and I can give you the last contact information I have for her. She is rather impatient with people that do not know what they want to do with their vacation or business travel time but if you know where you want to or have to be nobody is better.

The airlines have managed to put most of them out of business and mine may be semi-retired. She knew all the tricks and could even get me special meals like seafood platters and stuff when they still served meals and not just the smalles bagels on the face of the planet. I would suggest you see if you can find a good one near you and just pay them the commissions airlines used to.

The type of travel Joe mentions is worth looking into as well. Years ago airlines had even more comprehensive packages you could buy almost like Eurorail passes. Looks like most of your travel is going to me in American Airlines territory. Don't rule out overnight buses and trains as a means of getting from point A to B. Some of the buses and Amtrak in this region are quite civilized and clean. If you want to see the Grand Canyon at all you should really think about driving one direction to/from Las Vegas. Hoover Dam and all that is along the way. New Mexico too.

As for tickets to things, you might look into finding a reputable ticket broker online. Hotel concierges will of course be able to help you but tickets could be outrageous if price is an issue.

It is a long shot but you might check with the Las Vegas and Texas convention and tourism boards to see what they might have available or can suggest.

I do wish I could say I miss all the travel but it got so ridiculous I was home one weekend in six months at one point and it was really becoming disorienting. Staying in B&Bs instead of hotels helped some but it was very hard to maintain a relationship in such a context. So just a word to the wise.

Don't cram so much in that you end up snapping at each other and not enjoying much. I think you need to tune your itinerary and save some things for another time? Las Vegas casinoes, for example, offer low airfare packages all year long.

Consider the weather! Can get hot down that way fairly soon now.

Kimberly Jones 04-17-2012 03:19 AM

Sounds like a great idea. I had never try trip on so many cities.
Right now I really want to put down things at hand and take a nice rest :)

REXAMUS 04-17-2012 09:37 AM

Thanks for all of the information...still fine tuning things.

joecaption 04-17-2012 11:22 AM

We plan on doing about the same thing but have decided to just rent a small motor home.
Were flying into Pheniox AZ and driving around the whole state.
I did this many years ago in Feb. and it was great.
It's odd that airlines do not have something like the Euro pass as mentioned, Amtrack and Gray Hound have passes you can buy.


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