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Dear Seattle (and U.S.) Brain Trust: - Mental Feng Shui
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Dear Seattle (and U.S.) Brain Trust:
Does anyone know where I can get a CHEAP flight from SeaTac to Detroit (round trip), or even Chicago (or anywhere within 100 miles of Detroit)? If so, please let me know ASAP.

My one living Grandfather, Bruno John Radziewicz, is due to turn 90 in two days. Unfortunately, he's also only expected to live for another 2 days.

My sister called a few hours ago to let me know that Gramps has Hospice out to the house, and they've given him Last Rites (he's very Catholic), and is on morphine now. My Dad hasn't called yet, but I anticipate a call from him soon.

And I'm not certain, but I would think that Gramps would be buried in the Detroit area, since that's where the rest of his brothers live, and that's where he spend most of his life -- he lives with my Dad and his wife in Alpena now (Northern lower MI).

Since Lisa and I moved to the house in SeaTac, I've been able to save a tiny bit of $, but the rest is earmarked for bills. So, I don't yet have that well-funded Emergency Fund I'm trying to establish, for times like these.

And the cheapest flight I can find so far is over $400. I'd ask my Mom for flight help w/ the flight cost, but she's down to half-time on her job right now. My sister has two kids, so she can't help either. And Dad's gonna be hard-pressed to cope with the funeral arrangements.

And I've found out that I get 3 days of bereavement leave, so I really can go w/o being left in a lurch -- IF I can get a flight. Jim will come pick me up wherever I land (even Chicago or Ft. Wayne), and I can ride to wherever with him or my sister.

So, if anyone knows of any CHEAP flights (RT) from SeaTac to Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids (MI) -- or even Chicago or Ft. Wayne, Indiana -- please let me know? I'd appreciate it. I'm searching now, as is Jim, but we're not having much luck.
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mrdorbin From: mrdorbin Date: February 21st, 2008 10:52 pm (UTC) (This Entry)
I don't have any specifics, but most airlines offer bereavement fares. I found some stuff googling that.
loba From: loba Date: February 22nd, 2008 02:20 am (UTC) (This Entry)
Thanks, Matt. Delta offered me $734... but I found a better deal w/United.
3point3 From: 3point3 Date: February 22nd, 2008 03:51 am (UTC) (This Entry)

Berevement fares -

Can be beaten most of the time if you shop around.

And then, take that shopped fare to the airline - and ask if they can beat it with berevment rates. Sometimes you can do it.

Sorry you're having this time right now.
ignusfaatus From: ignusfaatus Date: February 21st, 2008 11:07 pm (UTC) (This Entry)
If you use travelocity you can name your price and see if a ticket is available. Please watch it with the layovers. Priceleine will give you half an hour to get from one plane to another. There are two potential probs with a layover that tight. One is that they may not get your bags to your next flight on time. The other more serious prob is one I just got stranded in sacremento with. If you dont show up with 30 minutes to your flight, many airlines will give your tickets away to anyone flying on stand bye. I showed up 25 mins before my flight and that five minutes meant they gave my tickets away.

buyer beware
loba From: loba Date: February 22nd, 2008 11:27 pm (UTC) (This Entry)
**hugs** Thanks. I was gonna try this as a last resort, because if I get stranded, I can change a sale ticket, but a Priceline ticket is completely none-changeable.

And yes, I'm having Lisa pick me up at work so I get there in the requisite amount of time.
ignusfaatus From: ignusfaatus Date: February 21st, 2008 11:09 pm (UTC) (This Entry)
make sure you park at one of the lots not at the airport and then taxi over. the ones at the airport cost 26 bucks a day but they arent upfront about that.

grrrr. If you live in redmond or b-vue and need a ride check and see if I am available. I like to help see.
lisakit From: lisakit Date: February 22nd, 2008 12:51 am (UTC) (This Entry)
We can see the airport from where we live. She can't quite walk it, but I can easily drive her. There's one positive at least!
From: zaratyst Date: February 21st, 2008 11:11 pm (UTC) (This Entry)
zondrrrah who has great plane ticket fu, recommends searching http://www.kayak.com
loba From: loba Date: February 22nd, 2008 02:16 am (UTC) (This Entry)
Thank you; did so. Have found a ticket for $331 (best out there). Hope I can get it, although there are some weird, funky, family things happening right now.
lisakit From: lisakit Date: February 22nd, 2008 02:35 am (UTC) (This Entry)
When I looked at Kayak, that was a one-way fare only. Expedia had a fare (through US Airways, but slightly cheaper that going through US directly) for $251 one-way (after taxes and fees). There's still 3 tickets available. There are also 3 round trip avail for $495 after taxes and fees.
runnerwolf From: runnerwolf Date: February 21st, 2008 11:46 pm (UTC) (This Entry)
someone else on my list is also asking, so you may be able to profit from the answers he is getting.

loba From: loba Date: February 22nd, 2008 12:37 am (UTC) (This Entry)
Am not on his Friends List, and it's a Friend-Locked post. :-P
runnerwolf From: runnerwolf Date: February 22nd, 2008 01:07 am (UTC) (This Entry)
I am actually not seeing it anymore either...
mistress_gaelan From: mistress_gaelan Date: February 22nd, 2008 12:50 am (UTC) (This Entry)

*gentle hugs*

You are all in my heart right now. Would you mind if I lit a candle for everyone?
loba From: loba Date: February 22nd, 2008 02:14 am (UTC) (This Entry)

Re: *gentle hugs*

That'd be wonderful, and I'm sure even my Roman Catholic grandfather would approve.

Although I'd really hoped to see him again when I went home in May, I know Gram's waiting for him.

Blessings, and peace, and an easy transition, to the man with the bluest eyes I've ever seen, and the kindest teaching hands I've ever known.
paka From: paka Date: February 22nd, 2008 01:20 am (UTC) (This Entry)
Hey, I didn't know you were a fellow Michigander-turned-Seattlite. (Okay. Maybe I don't really count; I was stuck in Georgia before I moved to Michigan, even though I consider Michigan home, and I don't live in Seattle these days.)

I wish I had more in the way of actually meaningful comfort to lend, though.
loba From: loba Date: February 22nd, 2008 02:15 am (UTC) (This Entry)
Thanks, anyways.
btripp From: btripp Date: February 22nd, 2008 03:07 am (UTC) (This Entry)


I plugged leaving tomorrow and returning Monday, SEA-DTW-SEA, into Hotwire.com and the best fare they had was $364 "including taxes and fees".

Visit the BTRIPP home page!

loba From: loba Date: February 22nd, 2008 11:21 pm (UTC) (This Entry)

Re: Hotwire.com

Thank you for your efforts. **hugs**
From: provolution Date: February 22nd, 2008 04:49 am (UTC) (This Entry)


Yeah, shock, I know.

Death in the family hurts. Transcends other crap, temporarily.

Check www.cheapoair.com.

306.00 round trip leaving as of Friday. They are the best ones I've found for budget airfare.

I'm sorry for the hurt in your family right now.
loba From: loba Date: February 22nd, 2008 08:18 pm (UTC) (This Entry)

Re: Bereavment

Thank you, both for your kind words, and for the web help.
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