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  1. NYBanker
    NYBanker at |

    Thanks for sharing this. What a frustrating maze to work through.

  2. BrewerSEA
    BrewerSEA at |

    I assume you’re taking advantage of the wonderful AA fare CMB-North America. I did this in F on EK to London and BA to Seattle a few weeks ago. It was a wonderful experience. The shower on the EK A380 was ridiculous. Are you doing it in first or business? EK for only the first leg or to London? Connecting in SIN and/or MLE as well? Next time around I think I’ll do CMB-SIN-DXB-LHR-SEA. It’s only another ~$200 for an extra 7 hours of EK F suites.

  3. Mike Smith
    Mike Smith at |

    Do you need a visa to fly to Sri Lanka? How much time do you allow in CMB for transfer to your outbound EK flight?Thanks!

  4. Booking Indian air tickets – best to outsource to India - Rapid Travel Chai

    […] == "undefined"){ addthis_share = [];}The Wandering Aramean’s adventures in booking Indian air tickets brought back memories of The Rapid Traveler’s own frustrations. An Indian colleague of The […]

  5. Rapid Travel Chai
    Rapid Travel Chai at |

    Sri Lanka is one of my favorite destinations, such varied attractions with a small island. A car is a big help.

    The booking woes reminded me of my own frustrations. mapsofindia.com’s flight schedules were useful and thomascook.in was great for booking most of India’s airlines, beyond what the international sites like Kayak offer. I dedicated today’s post to this: http://blog.wandr.me/rapidtravelchai/2011/11/20/booking-indian-air-tickets-best-to-outsource-to-india/

  6. planensimple
    planensimple at |

    It’s not a problem that unique to India or something, it’s prevalent everywhere with GDS’s increasing the costs for the airlines, the airlines have resorted to putting up the best fares on their own sites for garnering more revenue and cut down on commissions to the agents.

    Expedia is good for Indian airline bookings and so are certain India specific sites like cleartrip.com, makemytrip.com and yatra.com

  7. Million Mile Secrets
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    I just posted this on Rapid Travel Chai, but for me, the best place to book tickets for travel within India is on makemytrip.co.in

    Make sure to select the Indian version of the site and you should be able to book any domestic Indian ticket very easily!

  8. Antony
    Antony at |

    Almost always, the best fares are in the local currency.