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    • Lara
    • By Lara 14th Jul 17, 9:56 AM
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    Alaskan Cruise - flights
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    Alaskan Cruise - flights 14th Jul 17 at 9:56 AM
    We've booked an Alaskan cruise for June 2018. We want to fly Premium Economy/Business class. Would like recommendations with who to fly with please. BA and Virgin seem to be the most popular flying to Vancouver but I don't know anyone who has travelled with either to Vancouver. I would like to go to Seattle and wondered about flying to Vancouver and flying out of Seattle. We're planning on 3 weeks at least which is 7 day cruise, 7 day overland and time either side to explore.

    It's also been suggested we don't book flights as soon as they appear as the prices are the highest but to wait until September at least.

    Deciding which clothes to take will be a nightmare I know so that can be tackled much later!

    Any advice would be welcomed please. Many thanks.
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    • richardw
    • By richardw 14th Jul 17, 11:04 AM
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    With long-haul flying I'm finding new aircraft types are better because of improved air in the cabin which means you feel less tired and less jet lagged.
    Look out for A380 and B787 Dreamliner aircraft.

    Virgin fly to Seattle with B789 Dreamliner aircraft.
    BA fly to Vancouver with A380 aircraft.
    They may use different aircraft on different days of the week.

    Avoid BA business class, it's a poor seat, but their new premium economy is good.
    Many airlines will let you fly premium Economy one way and business class the other way. Returning overnight in business class so you can sleep can be very good.

    Virgin codeshare with Delta in the US. BA with AA and Alaska Airlines.
    But with connecting flights allow extra time for immigration.
    Last edited by richardw; 14-07-2017 at 11:20 AM.
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    • travellerboy
    • By travellerboy 14th Jul 17, 4:40 PM
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    Suggest you check out NORWEGIAN air, they operate direct flights Gatwick to Seattle - considerably cheaper than flying into Vancouver. Car hire is also considerably cheaper in the US than Canada with no restrictions on crossing the border. Also there is a cheap coach link between Seattle and Vancouver as well as a ferry option if your cruise is based in Vancouver.

    We did a similar 3 week tour a few years ago, after the 7 night cruise we hired a car in Seattle crossed into Canada via the Cascade Mountains to Kamloops, Jasper, Icefield Parkway, Lake Louise, Banff, Waterton Park. Then crossing back into the US via the Road to the Sun into Montana. We spent a many days in Yellowstone NP before travelling back to Seattle.

    The highlight were Icefield Parkway, the fantastic Road to the Sun and Yellowstone in all its glory. Alaska was a bit disappointing. Enjoy what ever route you plan.
    Last edited by travellerboy; 14-07-2017 at 4:43 PM.
    • jackieblack
    • By jackieblack 14th Jul 17, 5:13 PM
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    Car hire is also considerably cheaper in the US than Canada
    Originally posted by travellerboy
    While this has been true in the past, recent research has indicated that the opposite is true at the moment, with the poor exchange rate for USD.Doing some quotes in the last few weeks I've found car rental in Canada working out about 1/3 cheaper than hiring for the same period in the US.
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    • BNU
    • By BNU 23rd Jul 17, 10:01 AM
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    • 23rd Jul 17, 10:01 AM
    We're flying into Seattle and back from Vancouver with BA but found Trailfinders invaluable. They could tell us all of our options and it worked out cheaper than booking ourselves. An agent would be able to advise you on which airline upgrades are worth paying for and when is best to book even if you go on to book flights yourself.

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    (our agent also found us a 10 night cruise for almost the same price as a 7)

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    • jackieblack
    • By jackieblack 23rd Jul 17, 10:18 AM
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    • 23rd Jul 17, 10:18 AM
    We're flying into Seattle and back from Vancouver with BA but found Trailfinders invaluable. They could tell us all of our options and it worked out cheaper than booking ourselves. An agent would be able to advise you on which airline upgrades are worth paying for and when is best to book even if you go on to book flights yourself.
    Originally posted by BNU
    I have also sometimes, but not always, found it cheaper to book fly drive with Trailfinders.
    It does sometimes depend on the agent that answers the phone. (My last experience was shocking! ) but I'll usually still get a quote from them to compare
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    • Lara
    • By Lara 23rd Jul 17, 10:50 AM
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    Many thanks for your suggestions so far. We also have loads and loads of air miles and Virgin miles so are also thinking of looking to see if off loading some of these could be worth while.
    • Caz3121
    • By Caz3121 23rd Jul 17, 11:05 AM
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    • 23rd Jul 17, 11:05 AM
    Many thanks for your suggestions so far. We also have loads and loads of air miles and Virgin miles so are also thinking of looking to see if off loading some of these could be worth while.
    Originally posted by Lara
    for BA flights - there is no guarantee of WT+ redemption availability. BA will release 4 x economy and 2 x CW seats on each flight 355 days before the flight so they are already out. Looks like CW for June all gone but there is a spattering of economy dates (not a good use of miles)
    Last edited by Caz3121; 23-07-2017 at 11:15 AM.
    • blindman
    • By blindman 23rd Jul 17, 2:36 PM
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    Many thanks for your suggestions so far. We also have loads and loads of air miles and Virgin miles so are also thinking of looking to see if off loading some of these could be worth while.
    Originally posted by Lara
    We've flown into Vancouver for an Alaskan cruise, but then flew from Fairbanks to Chicago for the return.

    We're flying into Seattle this August for the eclipse.

    Both times using Virgin FF miles and both times UC

    Look at V-flyer for advise re Virgin.
    • Lara
    • By Lara 7th Aug 17, 2:43 PM
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    Having taken all your comments on board we are ready to book in the next couple of days but as said on here we won't be using our Avios due to restrictions. We can use those another time! Lol.
    We shall fly WTP with BA to Seattle, although waiting to hear back from Virgin their prices, stay overnight and then join the train to Vancouver. Reviews on this seem very good. We'll stay in Vancouver for 4 nights then do cruise and overland tour with a flight back from Fairbanks to Seattle where we shall stay for 3 or 4 nights giving us time for some sightseeing before flying home. So many thanks once again for everyone's help.
    • PaperDoll
    • By PaperDoll 8th Aug 17, 1:26 PM
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    I have just returned from a 9 night Alaska cruise and spent time in both Vancouver and Seattle. I can't help regarding flights but I can recommend the Amtrak Cascades train line between the two cities - cheap, easy and stunning scenery for the whole route.
    • Lara
    • By Lara 8th Aug 17, 1:31 PM
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    Thanks PaperDoll. Did you choose the seats on the Amtrack trains? We're taking the early morning one as we figured out we'd be up early with jet lag anyway!
    • PaperDoll
    • By PaperDoll 8th Aug 17, 2:56 PM
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    You can only book a class of travel (first class or economy, I think it was) and seats are assigned at boarding - smile sweetly and ask for seats on the right hand side for the best views. We took the early morning train too. I'd advise being at the station at least an hour before departure. We travelled in economy for $30 each and the train is extremely comfortable with dining facilities etc on board. It really is a lovely journey.


    Alaska is amazing. We're already planning a return trip
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