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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by CoronaBOY, Nov 6, 2002.

  1. CoronaBOY

    CoronaBOY Senior Member
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    when you get an interview out of state, how much money do you guys usually spend? (flight, hotel, taxi, food...)

    i can't find decent price flight to VCU from Texas...most of them are over $1000, or you have to stay over at some other state until next morning to get to VCU....

    Da#$%...already spending about $500-600 for Wake Forest...

    got any tips?
     
  2. tBw

    tBw totally deluded
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    try booking with travelocity - they will tell you how much you can save by shifting your days. for example, by spending one extra day at pitt, I can save $280...of course it all depends on whether the changes fit your schedule or not.
     
  3. klp14

    klp14 Member in Flipflops
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    You might be better off flying into DC and then renting a car to go down to Richmond. That way you'll have transportation to get around town and see what it's like if you've never been there before. $1000 is nutsy!
     
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  4. poloace

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    who is this klp character... that's a brilliant idea.
    p
     
  5. surfdevl02

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    statravel.com and priceline are your best bets!
     
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  6. UCLA2000

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    Try Southwest..they're usually pretty cheap.

    Take a super shuttle from the airport to the interview and back. It's much cheaper than a cab. Stay with students if you can (it's free).
     
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    If you fly into Reagan National Airport, Richmond is less than two hours away by car! And if you reserve your car online, you can get some really cheap rates. I think this is your best bet.

    Good Luck.
     
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  8. klp14

    klp14 Member in Flipflops
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    You're a gem, poloace.
     
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  9. republicandr

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    If you really want to save money, then call other schools in the area to see if they will interview you as well.

    As an example, I was invited to interview at Newark, NJ (I'm from Washington state). So, I called up Piscataway, NJ and asked them if they would review my file and decide if they would like to interview me, so that I could fly out there only once. They saw that it would be a hardship, then they reviewed my file and decided to interview me. Spent about $1000.

    About a month later, I started to get more schools invite me to interview. I grouped them so that I could go to all 5 schools in one trip: Rochester, Pittsburgh, Albany, Uniformed Services and Drexel. I flew out, drove a rental car about 8 hours a day, and then flew back home. I stayed with a host at Drexel. Grouping the schools saved me a tremendous amount of money. Still spent about $1500.

    I was going to go on another trip: UIC, University of Wisconsin and University of Michigan. But, I was accepted at Newark, so I cancelled all other trips. So, far I have heard good news from 5 schools. Keep your hopes up. And the best advice I can give is to group the school interviews together.
     
  10. phil413ru

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    Try ATA airlines. I am in WA state, and I need to go to DC. Northwest is almost $1000. ATA was $350--and that was with ~two week notice.

    Also go to studentuniverse.com--if you are still in school, may be able to get discounts.
     
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