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    • RHemmings
    • By RHemmings 5th Oct 16, 7:06 AM
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    Jumping on a plane this evening
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    • 5th Oct 16, 7:06 AM
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    Jumping on a plane this evening 5th Oct 16 at 7:06 AM
    I have family reasons that could mean that I would want to jump on a plane to New Zealand ASAP. Looking on Kayak.co.uk, I can search for flights leaving today (it's 7am at time of posting.)

    Is it actually possible to do things that quickly? To buy a ticket and fly same day? I do have a valid UK passport.

    I'd be concerned that I'd buy a ticket, and something would not turn up on time, or something else would prevent my departure.

    Would it be necessary to buy the ticket direct from the airline?
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    • eDicky
    • By eDicky 7th Oct 16, 1:05 PM
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    Singapore airlines can do it, at least their website suggests they can. But, with 10 hours in the wrong city in NZ, that makes for a long trip and it may be faster to leave the next day on a faster flight.
    Originally posted by RHemmings
    Have you checked for flights from that 'wrong city' to your destination, at better times, that you could book separately to the main SQ flight? Perhaps there are domestic carriers that Singapore Airlines cannot include.
    • NiftyDigits
    • By NiftyDigits 7th Oct 16, 1:26 PM
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    I'm a he.

    Yes, that's precisely what I am thinking. It's not only a matter of booking directly with the airline. It's also a matter of booking directly with an airline whom will allow me to book for today/tonight, and whom I have faith will actually fly me.

    EDIT: Air New Zealand can't do it. They fly through Los Angeles and I would need a visa even for transit. They also tell me that their website won't allow me to book a ticket for today, even though it does. (They told me that the 7th would be greyed out on one screen, but it's not.)

    That's a confidence reducing result.

    EDIT: Singapore airlines can do it, at least their website suggests they can. But, with 10 hours in the wrong city in NZ, that makes for a long trip and it may be faster to leave the next day on a faster flight.
    Originally posted by RHemmings
    No Cathay Pacific? They codeshare with Air New Zealand.
    • Murphy_The_Cat
    • By Murphy_The_Cat 7th Oct 16, 2:26 PM
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    I'm a he.

    EDIT: Air New Zealand can't do it. They fly through Los Angeles and I would need a visa even for transit. They also tell me that their website won't allow me to book a ticket for today, even though it does. (They told me that the 7th would be greyed out on one screen, but it's not.)

    That's a confidence reducing result.

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    Originally posted by RHemmings
    Are you eligible for a US ESTA ? If so, you could apply for one, have it 'up your sleeve' and when the event that means you have to travel at short notice happens, you've got an additional option.
    Assuming that they can/will issue a same day ticket.
    Last edited by Murphy_The_Cat; 07-10-2016 at 5:07 PM.
    Looking to lose 30lb by 28th April 2017. 16lb gone since 13th June, 14lb to go.



    • RHemmings
    • By RHemmings 7th Oct 16, 4:18 PM
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    That is a thought. I'm eligible for a US ESTA now, but will most likely lose this eligibility next year.

    No Cathay Pacific? They codeshare with Air New Zealand.
    Originally posted by NiftyDigits
    It seems that I didn't finish my post on this.

    I have flown with Cathay Pacific at least once before, to NZ through HK. I've flown to HK earlier than that as I've been to both the old (fly through the buildings) airports.

    Looking at their website, I didn't find anything for today. But, I'll have a look tomorrow morning. Their site appears to work as well as Air New Zealand's site, but they don't go through LA.

    Have you checked for flights from that 'wrong city' to your destination, at better times, that you could book separately to the main SQ flight? Perhaps there are domestic carriers that Singapore Airlines cannot include.
    Originally posted by eDicky
    I do that for journeys that are booked in a relaxed fashion. This thread is about what happens if I need to go ASAP.

    At the time I was talking to Air NZ on the telephone, it was 12:15pm and their website was showing a flight from LHR at 16:15. ANZ told me that they don't sell tickets that soon before the flight, so I might have been stopped at a later time in the booking process. But, given that I'm in Leicester, time would have been so tight that I'm not sure that I could have afforded the time to look through complicated multi-part journeys.
    Last edited by RHemmings; 07-10-2016 at 4:45 PM.
    • Murphy_The_Cat
    • By Murphy_The_Cat 7th Oct 16, 4:58 PM
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    That is a thought. I'm eligible for a US ESTA now, but will most likely lose this eligibility next year.



    It seems that I didn't finish my post on this.

    I have flown with Cathay Pacific at least once before, to NZ through HK. I've flown to HK earlier than that as I've been to both the old (fly through the buildings) airports.

    Looking at their website, I didn't find anything for today. But, I'll have a look tomorrow morning. Their site appears to work as well as Air New Zealand's site, but they don't go through LA.



    I do that for journeys that are booked in a relaxed fashion. This thread is about what happens if I need to go ASAP.

    At the time I was talking to Air NZ on the telephone, it was 12:15pm and their website was showing a flight from LHR at 16:15. ANZ told me that they don't sell tickets that soon before the flight, so I might have been stopped at a later time in the booking process. But, given that I'm in Leicester, time would have been so tight that I'm not sure that I could have afforded the time to look through complicated multi-part journeys.
    Originally posted by RHemmings
    If it helps at all, the AA website would let me book a LHR-AKL flight for 8.05 tonight online (it was very expensive, but it could be done).
    Looking to lose 30lb by 28th April 2017. 16lb gone since 13th June, 14lb to go.



    • RHemmings
    • By RHemmings 7th Oct 16, 7:01 PM
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    If it helps at all, the AA website would let me book a LHR-AKL flight for 8.05 tonight online (it was very expensive, but it could be done).
    Originally posted by Murphy_The_Cat
    American Airlines?

    If so, now (some hours later and much closer to 8.05) it won't let me book anything before Sunday. Though, the price is a fair bit cheaper than a typical 'today' flight.
    • Murphy_The_Cat
    • By Murphy_The_Cat 7th Oct 16, 7:29 PM
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    American Airlines?

    If so, now (some hours later and much closer to 8.05) it won't let me book anything before Sunday. Though, the price is a fair bit cheaper than a typical 'today' flight.
    Originally posted by RHemmings
    I searched on the AA website and selected "all airlines" rather than "American Airlines" - i think it went 20.05 BA LHR-NYC, overnight in NYC, then AA NYC-LAX, AA LAX-AKL.
    Their website now states "book at the airport" for flights later tonight.

    if you select "all airlines" it'll let me book flights form 07.45 tomorrow morning on AA, AA & UA (operated by air NZ), plus lots of other options.
    selecting "american airlines" seems to pick AA & codeshare partners.
    Looking to lose 30lb by 28th April 2017. 16lb gone since 13th June, 14lb to go.



    • silvercar
    • By silvercar 7th Oct 16, 11:00 PM
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    I've bought tickets within a hour of take off, direct from the airline website.
    Originally posted by silvercar
    ....

    Which airline?
    Originally posted by RHemmings
    British Airways.

    Even managed to book a flight on the BA app on my phone without a problem.
    • davemorton
    • By davemorton 8th Oct 16, 1:24 AM
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    If it is a family medical emergency, and I hope it isn't, and a Doctor could sign a document and e mail an airline, then you may be eligible for so called 'compassionate' fares, although not cheap they usually have great flexibility conditions, you have to call the airline to get them.
    Originally posted by richardw
    Thanks, something I will have to look into. A family member recently paid £6K for 2 tickets to go to Aus the same day. They may have to repeat this again, so worth knowing about.
    • NiftyDigits
    • By NiftyDigits 8th Oct 16, 2:28 AM
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    Emirates is not a bad option, as they have a late evening flight from Birmingham(BHX) and the ticket is quite flexible. EK038 > EK448 going out.
    • RHemmings
    • By RHemmings 8th Oct 16, 3:44 PM
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    Emirates is not a bad option, as they have a late evening flight from Birmingham(BHX) and the ticket is quite flexible. EK038 > EK448 going out.
    Originally posted by NiftyDigits
    That's a really quick journey. 25 hours some minutes.
    • Polly Esther
    • By Polly Esther 10th Oct 16, 6:26 PM
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    Thread started 5 days ago with possibility of OP 'jumping' on a plane that day.Any update on what (if anything) has happened in the intervening 5 days?
    • Archergirl
    • By Archergirl 11th Oct 16, 4:07 PM
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    I was wondering about this............

    That is a thought. I'm eligible for a US ESTA now, but will most likely lose this eligibility next year.
    • silvercar
    • By silvercar 11th Oct 16, 4:41 PM
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    I was wondering about this............

    That is a thought. I'm eligible for a US ESTA now, but will most likely lose this eligibility next year.
    Originally posted by Archergirl
    Once you apply for a US ESTA it is valid for 2 years.
    • Archergirl
    • By Archergirl 11th Oct 16, 5:58 PM
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    Perhaps he's going to commit moral turpitude......
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