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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Hopkins2010, Aug 22, 2001.

  1. Hopkins2010

    Hopkins2010 Banned Banned

    Nov 5, 1999
    Baltimore, Maryland
    I was going to use priceline, but they dont let you specify an approx. time when the flight departs.

    For example, at Pitt I have an interview for 10/1 and 10/2 (2 days required for MD/PhD). So I was going to schedule a return flight for 10/2. However, I have some interviews on that day so I need to be able to specify an approximate time when I can leave (i.e. after 6 PM). I'd rather not schedule the departure for 10/3 because that would mean I would miss an entire day of class, which would be unnecessary and penalize me for attendance.

    Do any of these online places let me specify an approximate departure time (or place restrictions on times) or do I have to go directly to the airline websites?
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  3. SMW

    SMW Grand Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 12, 2001
    anchorage, ak lets you specify times.
  4. 6-8 Weeks

    6-8 Weeks Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 9, 2001
    check out and, just booked my flight to new orleans yesterday on expedia and it was the cheapest price i could find and could configure good flight times!
  5. Djanaba

    Djanaba Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    May 4, 2000
    Minneapolis, MN
    Don't use hotwire or priceline if you have specific departure or arrival times UNLESS you can arrive the day before and leave the day after the interview. Which might, because of hotel and car, make the difference in price of plane tix irrelevant. Compare prices at (often cheapest), expedia, travelocity, cheaptickets, and your favorite major or discount airline sites (sometimes there are great promotions or web deals, and some flights on cheapie airlines aren't listed elsewhere). Good luck!
  6. saffron

    saffron Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 3, 2001
    what's a good deal for most round trip tickets? i booked one (st.louis to new orleans for $255 through Southwest) this good, or are you guys finding ones much cheaper.

    i need a one way to college station (practically no airlines fly there) and the lowest i could find was $145 for ONE way!

    i dont know bout u guys, but im definitely starting to run low on funds after amcas, 2ndaries, now are the two prices i listed good, or did i get ripped off? how much did you guys pay for tickets??

  7. Georgey

    Georgey Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Aug 1, 2001
    Austin, TX
    I paid $160 for a round trip ticket to New Orleans from Austin, Texas (airline: Continental). I'm originally from St. Louis and I think you are in a bad city for airfares right now with TWA going belly up. If you need a one way ticket, your only option is pretty much Southwest. I'm pretty sure they are the only airline that does not heavily penalize you for buying a one way ticket in lieu of a round trip ticket. Don't know about College Station and airlines. Southwest goes to pretty much every little town in Texas so that would be my first choice; I assume you got an interview at A&M. Pretty impressive since you are a non-resident. I've flown from St. Louis to Houston many times, and if memory serves it cost me about $150, so I think you are getting a good deal. The $255 sounds a little high though for the ticket to New Orleans (Tulane). I would think you could get that down closer to $200.
  8. polarbear

    polarbear Junior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jan 11, 2001
    Cambridge, MA USA
    You should also check out and

    They both specialize in student fares and I've found that they can often be cheaper than orbitz and expedia--and you can specify times too!
  9. sunflower79

    sunflower79 Plays well with knives 10+ Year Member

    Mar 26, 2001
    Not to sound like an ad, but I've had a good experience with From NYC to west coast r/t for $265. You can specify times and etc.
  10. pillbug

    pillbug Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 28, 2001
    I booked a ticket from CA to Houston, TX for $192 on Southwest. They frequently have special deals so I would definitely check their site. Also, Jetblue has good rates but they don't service as many areas. I've flown on them before from CA to NY for $230 and they are direct flight to.
  11. saffron

    saffron Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 3, 2001
    thanks for the input everyone

    georgey--yeah, my interview is at A&M...actually i am a tx. resident, im just going to school in st.louis...oh and southwest does not fly to college station unfortunately, so i had to book continental :rolleyes: trying to schedule as many of my interviews together as possible, so i can just fly to tx. a few times instead of like 6 or 7...

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