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bucks25761 said:   can you clarify what too easy means?
  Sorry it was typo.  What I meant is:  Currently, it's too early.

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thanks again Patelbhai

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Patel Bhai....first off thanks for all your support over the years.

Wanted to know when to pull the trigger for tickets to Delhi (from Miami or Ft. Lauderdale) for last 3 weeks in Dec 2015, back 2nd of Jan 2016. I know this is a busy season so wanted to buy it at the right time. What would be about the right $$ range to expect as well. Any recommendation for airline.

Thanks again.

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mrng said:   Patel Bhai....first off thanks for all your support over the years.

Wanted to know when to pull the trigger for tickets to Delhi (from Miami or Ft. Lauderdale) for last 3 weeks in Dec 2015, back 2nd of Jan 2016. I know this is a busy season so wanted to buy it at the right time. What would be about the right $$ range to expect as well. Any recommendation for airline.

Thanks again.

  Before airlines sales dept work to decide promotional prices for December month, they will have to pass June-July summer vacation season. In your plan 2nd Jan really hot demand date but still we have not started to receive inquiries yet for December month yet... so I will suggest to wait and watch for around August month and then start looking for prices... MIA to DEL, you may get good price in Qatar Airlines at some point. 

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What is the right time to book tickets for India (travelling Dec 12-2015, returning Jan 2) from DFW to MUM on Emirates..? Is it kinda early right now?

Emirates currently shows 2000$ per person. I dont know if it is expensive or a good deal..

Thanks

Mulder
 

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Mulder24 said:   What is the right time to book tickets for India (travelling Dec 12-2015, returning Jan 2) from DFW to MUM on Emirates..? Is it kinda early right now?

Emirates currently shows 2000$ per person. I dont know if it is expensive or a good deal..

Thanks

Mulder

  You may want to wait till current June-August Summer Vacation High season gets over, so around Sept-Oct..  $2000 for DFW to BOM is considered very high.  When real times comes it will come down...

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Would like recommendations - airline/price/website - for a SFO-MAA-SFO June 10 (+-3 days) - June 30 (+-3 days). Thanks.

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Hi PatelForIndia,

Can you help me to book tickets SFO-->LHR-->SFO around June 3rd week for two weeks. Pl message me.

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Hi Patel Bhai! We are looking to travel SFO - DEL - SFO from Nov 7 to Nov 29 +/- 2 days.. Is it too early to start looking for this, or is it the right time?

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crazee85 said:   Hi Patel Bhai! We are looking to travel SFO - DEL - SFO from Nov 7 to Nov 29 +/- 2 days.. Is it too early to start looking for this, or is it the right time?
  I believe,it's little early to look for Nov. month travel date, unless, there is price around $8xx-$9xx  range. then it's good to jump early also.

Thanks

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dealanil said:   Hi PatelForIndia,

Can you help me to book tickets SFO-->LHR-->SFO around June 3rd week for two weeks. Pl message me.

  Hi, I generally do not use PM.  I will suggest to check with www.MudraTravels.com
 

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Has anybody heard of or has experience with www.indianeagle.com travel website? The site shows me $850 (including tax) for IAD->BOM->IAD from 6/17 thru 7/27 travel dates. This price is atleast $400 cheaper than the next available price for these dates. I read some mixed reviews online, but am not sure if the 'good' reviews were posted by independent customers.

TIA.

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leonimish said:   Has anybody heard of or has experience with www.indianeagle.com travel website? The site shows me $850 (including tax) for IAD->BOM->IAD from 6/17 thru 7/27 travel dates. This price is atleast $400 cheaper than the next available price for these dates. I read some mixed reviews online, but am not sure if the 'good' reviews were posted by independent customers.

TIA.

  
The lower price which you are seeing is from Delta Air France Airlines. You can also get similar price from agents. Generally June month will not have this range of price but prices are real and agents are aware about it.

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Just wondering once again when and if its cheaper to use third party travel agencies either online or at physical location versus booking directly from airline websites for tickets to India. Just in general asking. Also is it generally cheaper if situations come up such as needing to change the dates, cancel, etc when buying directly from the airline?

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Beware about India's Visa upon Arrival (eVisa) and arrival at some Indian Airports 

Day before yesterday, one of our passenger (US Citizen) traveled from Washington to Ahmadabad with eVisa (Visa Upon Arrival) in Qatar Airlines to attend his sister’s wedding this Sunday. He had acquired Indian eVisa Online in advance, and had all papers with him. 

At Washington DC airport, Qatar Airlines on counter staff verified all visa documents as a part of normal procedure.

By using Doha to Ahmadabad flight, when he landed at Ahmadabad airport, Indian Immigration desk denied his entry and informed him that, currently "Visa on Arrival" service has made available only for Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore airports (not at Ahmadabad Airport). Due to lack of equipment and system setup, at this moment, this service is not open at Ahmadabad airport. (They said, it will start  at Ahmadabad after 15-20 days, not now.)

So, finally, in same Qatar Airlines flight, he was deported back from Ahmadabad to Doha to till Washington DC (from where he had started journey), and today afternoon, he arrived back to US. He was not needed to even come out of Washington DC airport (after spending some time in IAD airport lounge and taking shower, today evening in same Qatar Airlines flight, he will be going from Washington DC to Doha to Delhi  24 + 24 + 24 Hours continues journey back and forth just like Ping-Pong Ball...)

When Ahmadabad Immigration deported him back, at that time, he requested  airlines staff that, instead of sending Ahmadabad to Doha to Washington DC, Please send me from Doha to  Mumbai or Delhi as he already had eVisa to enter in India, He even offered to pay for that ticket also, but Airlines Staff was helpless to do anything (may be they were following Immigration officers orders to sent him back, wherever he had started journey originally…).  While coming back to USA from Ahmadabad, when he reached to Doha, we were helping to book him Doha to Mumbai or Delhi ticket, but Qatar Airlines staff at Ahmadabad had took over his US passport with them, so he can not go anywhere else (Generally in this type deporting case, Airlines secures passenger's passport and gives it back at last destination, we have seen same cases for  H1 Visa holders, when their entry denies at USA Airports and deported back to India.)

You may be thinking that, matter ends here... No it's not... When airlines sent him Ahmadabad to Doha to Washington DC, They actually utilized his own end of June month return ticket, so once he reaches to India now, we as a travel agency, we will be re-working with airlines to re arrange his original return ticket as passenger is not at fault anywhere. Qatar Airlines should not have allowed to board him from Washington DC itself, but I am sure, Indian Govt. will not have notify fine details to airlines that, New Visa On Arrival is only for certain airports.  . Due to lack of proper system, innocent person suffered unnecessarily like a tennis ball between Washington DC - Ahmadabad - Washington - Delhi.

"Achhe din Aane Waale Hain Lekin Kuch Din Ke Baad.."    

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Patel Bhai, thanks for sharing. I am not trying to be smart but should/would travel agents have this information too?

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fokatkamaal said:   Patel Bhai, thanks for sharing. I am not trying to be smart but should/would travel agents have this information too?
  
Generally, There is no official system in-place, which notifies to travel agents about changes in visa rules. Travel Agents will generally come to know this type of small-small details from various sources during day-to-day interactions. Once we come to know this type of detail, we share and take preventive measure so it does not happen with other passengers...

FYI: In above case, we did contacted Qatar Airlines for passenger's return ticket, and airlines is claiming that:  "Qatar Airlines has already been fined by the Bureau of Immigration for INR-1,00,000/- (Indian Rupees One Lac) for the said passenger."

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this is india and canot improve

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Hello patelbhai,
I am planning to travel from 12-22 Dec Chicago to Ahemdabad. Could you please let me know the right time to buy ticket? currently it is showing about $1700-1850

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Now-a-days, all airways face some difficult problems, so they plan to reduce their fares considerably. There is no major difference between their fares, almost equal. So, it’s easy to fly to your destination without spending more money for a reason.

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patval20 said:   Hello patelbhai,
I am planning to travel from 12-22 Dec Chicago to Ahemdabad. Could you please let me know the right time to buy ticket? currently it is showing about $1700-1850

  
played around a bit with google flight search and found that can do much better if are able to leave two days earlier, on Dec 10th with same return date, fare comes down to under $1k

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patval20 said:   Hello patelbhai,
I am planning to travel from 12-22 Dec Chicago to Ahemdabad. Could you please let me know the right time to buy ticket? currently it is showing about $1700-1850

  I will suggest to wait little bit and keep watch on fares. Once current Summer Vacation Season is over, Airlines will focus on December month fares and promotions.

You may want to plan to leave 3-5 days early as generally 6th DEC and then 10-11 DEC are dates where fare increases till 24th DEC.

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Hi Patel bhai
I want to book delhi-dubai-houston tickets via Emirates for my parents who are in india. They want to stopover for 2-3 days in dubai while coming here , departing 16 nov from delhi-depart from dubai 20 nov and return 14 may 2016, can i book the tickets from here in US and also apply for their dubai visa? they have 10 year multiple entry US tourist visa and came here in 2013
thanks a lot

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rocky77 said:   Hi Patel bhai
I want to book delhi-dubai-houston tickets via Emirates for my parents who are in india. They want to stopover for 2-3 days in dubai while coming here , departing 16 nov from delhi-depart from dubai 20 nov and return 14 may 2016, can i book the tickets from here in US and also apply for their dubai visa? they have 10 year multiple entry US tourist visa and came here in 2013
thanks a lot

  
Hello Rocky77,
For your November month travel plan, at this moment, Emirates prices are around $15xx range, so we suggest to wait for some time, as $15xx prices for November month considered higher for DEL-IAH-DEL. Since November month is currently far, as time passes, there are chances to fare go down, so please wait.... Dubai Visa can be obtained electronically, so it will not have limitation of location. 
 

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Hi 
Looking for best air fare from EWR-AMD
Departure last week of December 2015
Return last week of January 2016
Ketan

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Hi Patel bhai,
Looking to travel EWR-AMD around Jan 9 - Feb 7. Best fare i see around $1150. are any lower possible ?

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Dear Patel Bhai,
is it right time to buy for 'Nov-end" to - "DEC-end" (Thanksgiving to Christmas) India travel ? or should i wait ?

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ukvvn said:   Dear Patel Bhai,
is it right time to buy for 'Nov-end" to - "DEC-end" (Thanksgiving to Christmas) India travel ? or should i wait ?

  
Some airlines do have pretty good fares right now (for example, Cathay, Delta, Lufthansa Gateway to Gateway Only ) for Nov end and around first 8-9 days in December starting. AND if return date is NOT during first 2 weeks of January. So IF your travel plan fits in that scenario then there is nothing to wait... Thanks

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Hello PatelBhai.. thanks for all the info you've been posting here. Its so helpful.
I'm planning to travel in Oct or Nov (first week). I'll be in India for 3 weeks and return.
MSP (Minneapolis) to HYD (Hyderabad).

Would like to know
1. when would be the best time to travel? OCT or NOV?
2. when is the right time to book the tickets? I cannot do it before Sep 1st week.

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Mr. PatelBhai-

Very much appreciate your responses and suggestions that you regularly post.

We will be flying during the peak season, and cannot change dates. Dec 12 to Jan 1 (Dallas to Mumbai, on Emirates). Currently the online quote shows around $1930 per person (with Tax on Economy Flex). Is that a good deal for me to pull in the trigger? Historically I don't know if these rates are reasonable or higher.

Also when in transit in Dubai, do we need a visa for UAE?

Thanks

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Patelbhai,

I am planning to travel (CLT to AMD) in mid-February and return in March last week. Is this too early to book the tickets (from the price perspective)?

I prefer Emirates, Etihad or Qatar (in that order).

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Mulder24 said:   Mr. PatelBhai-

Very much appreciate your responses and suggestions that you regularly post.

We will be flying during the peak season, and cannot change dates. Dec 12 to Jan 1 (Dallas to Mumbai, on Emirates). Currently the online quote shows around $1930 per person (with Tax on Economy Flex). Is that a good deal for me to pull in the trigger? Historically I don't know if these rates are reasonable or higher.

Also when in transit in Dubai, do we need a visa for UAE?

Thanks

  
No it is NOT a good deal, and fares are looking very high to me in your post.. At some point in upcoming days, you may find other airlines on promotion where fare can be significant lower. 12th DEC is on the boarder and JAN 1 is too, some people, who wants enjoy 31st DEC with their friends in India, avoid travelling on 1st JAN, so there are 50-50% chances for not affecting January first 10 days higher price to 1st JAN travel.   Transit via Dubai Airport, Or Abudhabi Airport, does not need transit visa.

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technocrat10 said:   Patelbhai,

I am planning to travel (CLT to AMD) in mid-February and return in March last week. Is this too early to book the tickets (from the price perspective)?

I prefer Emirates, Etihad or Qatar (in that order).

  Yes, it is too early to wake-up right now, Please go back to sleep...  

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Thx! So earliest when should I start exploring?

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technocrat10 said:   Thx! So earliest when should I start exploring?
  For Feb-March Travel, generally 2-3 months in advance, except following event happens: system mulfuction or price mistakes or special 2-3 days promotions to start filling-up flights for season.

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shirodkarrohit said:   Hello PatelBhai.. thanks for all the info you've been posting here. Its so helpful.
I'm planning to travel in Oct or Nov (first week). I'll be in India for 3 weeks and return.
MSP (Minneapolis) to HYD (Hyderabad).

Would like to know
1. when would be the best time to travel? OCT or NOV?
2. when is the right time to book the tickets? I cannot do it before Sep 1st week.

  Generally, Sept-Oct month is considered low traffic season where fare goes low...and sometime those fares are also available for 1-2 weeks of November month. For low season travel, you can keep eye on it till 2 months in advance of travel dates. MSP to HYD, you may find lower fares in either Etihad or in Qatar. 3 weeks return does not belongs to any high demanded season, 

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Patelbhai,
Could you give some suggestions for the travel - SFO <-> MAA . Leaving Dec19th and Returning Jan 2nd. (Dates are not flexible)? When should I get the tickets and the ticket price range?

thanks in advance..

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