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Old 02-18-2002, 01:56 PM   #1
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Impact of CO/AF partnership dissolution

In checking out the pricing landscape for my next AUS->BSL trip I'm starting to see the first signs of the impact that the dissolution of CO/AF's partnership on my personal travel habits. I've taken my traditional AUS-IAH-CDG-BSL routing enough times that the trip feels warm and comfortable. Now I'm seeing fewer routing options and nearly double the fare for this flight. BSL is a small destination and my options are limited.

However, there's a high note in that my current trip (I return to the US tomorrow) took me into Zürich over the weekend via the train and I found the train ride between Basel and Zürich to be a much more pleasant hour than the packed and smelly CDG->BSL AF leg I'm accustomed to. I'm trusting that this will make an AUS->EWR->ZUR flight with corresponding train ride into Basel an optimal routing which will allow me to maintian my CO preference for international travel.

The train ride is at least as quick as the AF flight, more spacious, and I spend no time waiting in CDG which is a huge win.

It's these regular international segments that make CO Plat a possibility for me and it would be a disaster to be forced into flying an alternate carrier for my International travel.

I hope that others who stand to be adversely affected by the new landscape for International travel on Continental are able to find equivalent compromises. For me, this actually looks like it will be a better deal.
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Impact of CO/AF partnership dissolution

In checking out the pricing landscape for my next AUS->BSL trip I'm starting to see the first signs of the impact that the dissolution of CO/AF's partnership on my personal travel habits. I've taken my traditional AUS-IAH-CDG-BSL routing enough times that the trip feels warm and comfortable. Now I'm seeing fewer routing options and nearly double the fare for this flight. BSL is a small destination and my options are limited.

However, there's a high note in that my current trip (I return to the US tomorrow) took me into Zürich over the weekend via the train and I found the train ride between Basel and Zürich to be a much more pleasant hour than the packed and smelly CDG->BSL AF leg I'm accustomed to. I'm trusting that this will make an AUS->EWR->ZUR flight with corresponding train ride into Basel an optimal routing which will allow me to maintian my CO preference for international travel.

The train ride is at least as quick as the AF flight, more spacious, and I spend no time waiting in CDG which is a huge win.

It's these regular international segments that make CO Plat a possibility for me and it would be a disaster to be forced into flying an alternate carrier for my International travel.

I hope that others who stand to be adversely affected by the new landscape for International travel on Continental are able to find equivalent compromises. For me, this actually looks like it will be a better deal.
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Old 02-18-2002, 02:46 PM   #3
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Not to mention that you can EUA on the AUS-EWR and EWR-AUS legs and ride up front for free.
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Not to mention that you can EUA on the AUS-EWR and EWR-AUS legs and ride up front for free.
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Yeah. Hard to get too enthused about an EUA on that AUS<-->IAH leg, but the trip to EWR is a different story.
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Yeah. Hard to get too enthused about an EUA on that AUS<-->IAH leg, but the trip to EWR is a different story.
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