Planning. How to get to your Atlantis Cruise.

Let me preface this article by saying that I’ve never been on an Atlantis Cruise before, however I’ve heard they’re really, really awesome from a bunch of different friends covering the whole spectrum of the gay community.  I’m sure I will make it on one soon and will of course post a review here.

I got some feedback from a reader that they really enjoyed reading one of my more geeky posts around the anatomy of a mileage run and asked if I could run a few more in a similar vein on the best ways to plan travel.

So I thought I’d combine the two.  Now I realise the blog so far has been very European focussed so this one is going to be properly global.  How to get to the San Diego to Mexico cruise from New York, from Europe and from Australia.  If you’re from the West Coast of the US, I’m sure you can figure it out! 😂

All flights must arrive on October 13th and leave on either the 21st (after midday) or the 22nd.

US East Coast – Economy

The cheapest flights at the moment are with American on a non-stop transcontinental flight, costing only $343 return from New York JFK direct to San Diego and returning via LAX.  However Alaska and Delta also have flights within $20 of the American services, so if you have elite status with either of those it may be worth getting your benefits there.

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US East Coast – Premium Cabin

For a premium cabin, this time it’s United’s turn to be cheapest coming in at $1,031 return.  Again, the competition are very close with Alaska and American all within $50 of the United fare.

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Europe – Economy

The cheapest fares from Europe to San Diego appear to originate in Dublin.  British Airways have the most keenly priced economy class fare with a return running to £625.  However I feel that this is actually quite high, given I’ve managed to book Premium Economy to the US East Coast, originating in places like Sweden for about £500.  My advice would definitely be to wait.

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Europe – Premium Cabin

If you want to fly business class, again, Dublin appears to be the place to start your trip from.  Aer Lingus have a return fare for £1,870 connecting in San Francisco to a United flight.  What’s also great about this is that Dublin airport has US Pre-Clearance meaning that when you get to San Francisco you’re treated as a domestic passenger and there’s no long queue for immigration and customs.

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Australia – Economy

United come in cheapest here, however the pricing amongst a variety of airlines was very close indeed.

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However as you can see, the variance between the three major alliances is very low in this case so you may be best off picking your favourite airline.

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Australia – Premium Cabin

Delta from Melbourne come in the cheapest here, although Sydney and Brisbane departures are only a couple of bucks more.  However it’s still a relatively pricey AUD 5,735.  For Star Alliance flyers, United were only $100 more which may be worth considering.

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If you know you’re going to go on one of these cruises, there are definitely some decent air fares to be had out there.  Especially for those that are coming from outside the US, and want to travel in a premium cabin, it’s worth booking sooner than later.

Transpacific prices in premium classes remain high compared to those prices from Europe.  However the prices down the back are comparatively good (or better value) than for those coming from Europe.

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