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I'm trying to book a flight to the States for the end of May this year. Basically what I want to do is travel SYD-LAX and stop for three days, then LAX-LAS for five days then LAS-JFK for a few more days, then return JFK-SYD (via LAX on QF).

So far I've worked it out booking each flight seperatly (ie: SYD-LAX-SYD, then LAX-LAS, LAS-JFK and JFK-LAX). Now I know QF operate SYD-JFK via LAX, so is there anyway I can book a SYD-LAX-JFK fare (basically the same price as SYD-LAX) however not use the LAX-JFK sector? It works out cheaper that way as opposed to booking them all seperatly.

Is there any reason why I couldn't book it and not fly? Or is it a customs/immigration issue? I hope that all makes sense...

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Have you considered buying a r/t SYD-JFK with a stopover in LAX. You can then buy a cheapie ticket r/t LAX-LAS with Southwest et al

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It did cross my mind but I wasn't sure how to go about booking stopovers with QF. If you could let me know how that's done I'd appriciate it. LAX-LAS costs next to nothing so that would be a much better alternative. The JFK-LAX direct is supprisingly expensive
 

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Probably best to visit a Travel Agent for this one (or use the Qantas call centre...)

Both may charge you a small amount for their work (Qantas certainly will!)

Booking stopovers on Internet sites is not really something the current generation of booking engines support, although the situation is improving.
 

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danielribo said:
It did cross my mind but I wasn't sure how to go about booking stopovers with QF. If you could let me know how that's done I'd appriciate it. LAX-LAS costs next to nothing so that would be a much better alternative. The JFK-LAX direct is supprisingly expensive

By phone is the easiest manner

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Thanks I'll go talk to a travel agent and see what they can work out. Even with a fee it should work out cheaper (and more convienient) than trying to book seperate flights
 

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I don't particularly like TA's, however sometimes they have to be used...

Good luck with it all! Make sure you double check the taxes and surcharges!
 

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haha believe me I don't either (and I don't think many of them like me!) but I'll try to find one that knows how to do their job (a hard task I know!)
 

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haha believe me I don't either (and I don't think many of them like me!) but I'll try to find one that knows how to do their job (a hard task I know!)

If you are using a published fare, I would just phone the airline directly. Do you currently have status with an airline? If not, I would suggest booking on American Airlines; their 2nd cheapest fare is booked in L class and would enable you to get Platinum Status ( OW Sapphire ) by the time you reach JFK; this would then also give you the opportunity to upgrade for around $30 the JFK-LAX flight subject to availability

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Dave Noble said:
Have you considered buying a r/t SYD-JFK with a stopover in LAX. You can then buy a cheapie ticket r/t LAX-LAS with Southwest et al

Dave

I think that's by far easiest and likely cheapest way. LAX-LAS is a short flight (about an hour) and fairly cheap - quite a bit of competition.
 
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