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    Hello everyone. I have read dozens of threads and have not come accross much discussion of travel to Dominica. How much is the average ticket price? Is it truely required that you have an open-ended round trip ticket? Do most people use the travel agency that Ross recommends (Austin Travel) or do you make your own travel arrangements? Thanks for any info you can provide on this subject.

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    That information is all over this forum, but some things are hard to find.

    Giving you an average ticket price isn't really very informative. If you live in Puerto Rico it will quite inexpensive to fly to Dominica. However, if you live in Hawaii or even California, it will cost a lot more. Go to one of the travel sites such as www.sidestep.com (which compares all the other travel site prices for you) and see what the prices are from your area.

    You do need a return ticket when you enter Dominica. This is how most of the Caribbean islands make sure you will actually leave at the end of your student Visa. They can't afford to send you back home and if you are broke they at least want to know that you have a ticket to fly home on (so you can be broke in the US). You don't need it to be open-ended

    Some students use that travel agent out of convenience. Others find their own tickets as above.

    -M

    Quote Originally Posted by AK1120
    Hello everyone. I have read dozens of threads and have not come accross much discussion of travel to Dominica. How much is the average ticket price? Is it truely required that you have an open-ended round trip ticket? Do most people use the travel agency that Ross recommends (Austin Travel) or do you make your own travel arrangements? Thanks for any info you can provide on this subject.
    MitchDC/MD
    RUSM 2006 Graduate

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    Thanks for the info. I realize that ticket prices vary depending on where you travel from. Has anyone flown from Chicago or New York and remember what they paid? How about if you just get a ticket to/from Peurto Rico? How much does that usually cost? Thanks again

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    I'm flying from Houston, IAH. Used cheaptickets.com, purchased 12 days before my scheduled flight at $1006 plus $26 for paper ticket delivery. The cheapest I could find was $849 but the dates were different and it was 21 day advance purchase.

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    Obtaining discounted airline tickets

    Obtaining discounted airfare can be a tricky business, but is definitely doable. Methods that work one time may be pricier the next time you try. I have had good luck with Priceline, Orbitz, Gorilla Air, and dealing directly with American Airlines using the Ross discount code. If you call AA directly, make sure you only deal with the international flight desk by calling 1-800-433-1790. Group Name: Ross University Star Index Number: Authorization Number (for year 2005): 0215TT

    Keep in mind that you will be required to purchase a ROUND-trip ticket due to the Dominican visa laws. They want you to be able to prove that you can return to your native country and not claim that you can't afford to get back, becoming an illegal alien there (not that you'd want to do so). The open-return tickets are no longer possible due to tighter security measures, so look CAREFULLY at the Ross calenddar, and plan your return for a few days AFTER you think you'll be done. If you schedule a date that is too soon, don't be stupid enough to think that Ross will bail you out with money to make a change in the date of your return flight.

    The important thing is that you try a variety of methods for air fare. I have found that I actually get a better price by waiting until the last few weeks of departure. I have found that the time of day that you investigate even matters...I seem to get the best rates right after midnight or in the early morning hours. Play around with the days that you come and go....coming and leaving during the week ends days as opposed to the week days makes a difference. You may try to utilize a variety of airlines, too...don't feel like you have to stick with just one. I would have to admit that my worst experience was with ATA...it was a horrible ordeal, and all of their employees were rude, short-tempered, condescending, and their weight restrictions for luggage were very limited (50 pounds for your single checked bag as opposed to 70 pounds allowed by other airlines)

    Regardless if you are using an airline that you previously used, be sure to check with the airline(s) each time you fly to make sure that the weight restrictions have not changed, or you will be ditching or rearranging your suitcase contents at the airport. That can be particularly disturbing to other passengers in line, if you are there pulling out your unmentionables while they gaze at you.

    The other thing to consider is if you can leave your home town very early in the a.m., you will be able to make it through Puerto Rico in time to land in Dominica while it is still daylight. They were going to install runway lights at the Mellville Hall Airport...I'm not certain that it has happened yet, but the fact that only daytime flights land there is indicative that they have not yet done it. I would avoid Canefield Airport at all costs, as it had significant structural damage and reportedly wasn't too safe even before the huge sinkhole happened.
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    Dru, Thanks for your very helpful response. I have one more question for you. You mentioned calling AA directly and using a Ross University Authorization #. I had never heard of this before you mentioned it. Do you know if that number will be good for flights in January? If not, do you know how or when a new number will be made available? Thanks

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    Ross will continue to have a discounted rate as long as you use the discount code per AA. Some years the code changes, so by January you may have to inquire re. the new code #. When you get it, please post it on this thread so users know. Best of luck to you and yours.
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