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NYC to Paris, with a possible stop in between?
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Hi everybody!

So here’s my (kind of) complicated question:

I’m looking to fly into Paris from NYC to do an independent study for school, anytime between mid March and April, and essentially stay 2-3 weeks. However, I was thinking about taking advantage of one of the cheap deals I’ve seen online to other places (like the one to Casablanca that’s about 400$ roundtrip that I just saw posted on Iberia). So, I’d like for my itinerary to look like:

Depart NYC around March 14th—-> Casablanca until March 21st-ish
Casablanca—> Paris (until let’s say..April 12th)
then Paris—>NYC

However, do I need to backtrack in order to save the most money? I 100 percent need to be in Paris, but my dates are quite flexible. I’m also trying to plan this around my friend’s Spring break, which is March 13th through the 20th, but then she would need to fly back to NYC around the 20th.

So, there are a lot of factors here. Is it even worth it to try to do the extra trip to Casablanca (Or just Morocco in general)??

I am leaving from NYC with $2000 for 26 days
Casablanca, Fes, Marrakech, Chefchaouene, Rabat, Paris, Nancy, Casablanca
Requesting help with Transport, Itinerary, Nightlife, Food, Sights
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Oh, let me clarify:
I’m a student…and I’m open to Marrakech, Tangier, Rabat, etc. Just a big fan of Morocco. Smile

I am leaving from NYC with $2000 for 26 days
Casablanca, Fes, Marrakech, Chefchaouene, Rabat, Paris, Nancy, Casablanca
Requesting help with Transport, Itinerary, Nightlife, Food, Sights
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What you’re describing (I think) is NYC-PAR-Morocco-PAR (Stopover)-NYC. I think you can do it, but stopovers that I’ve seen typically allow 7 days max (stopover) in the connecting city.

Possible solutions:

1. Spend thousands of dollars on flexible, business class tickets to do whatever you want.
2. Search multi-city flight itineraries with Cfares, Kayak, Mobissimo, and Fly.com.
3. Do NYC-PAR as 1 round trip, and PAR-Morocco as a separate ticket. See http://www.skyscanne… for that.

I think your best strategy is 2, 3, or some combination. Also be sure to check for student tickets and consolidators in our new user thread pinned to top of this forum.

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Updated ….

Ok I see the Morocco fare for $351 r/t total from JFK to CAS (2 connections- LON and MAD each way). Found with Iberia’s flex date search, March 1-23, for example. http://www.airfarewa…

In this case, you could “nest” a Paris trip inside of this one. Once you’re in Morocco, go to Paris, then Paris back to Morocco. Looks like several airports with low-fares on this route, so could mix/match airports to save backtrack time and expense. http://www.skyscanne…

If prices hold, looks like you could potentially do this for under $400 in total airfare. That’s amazing! You’ll be angry at yourself for doing 2 connections each way, but that will wear off quickly! Just be sure to put your address you’re headed to, both on and in your checked bag each time.

And remember that the low-cost airlines from Morocco to Europe typically have little to no free checked bag allowance. 1 checked bag up to 20kg is usually priced reasonably to check (maybe 20 EUR each way if you pay for it in advance). But go over their weight or dimension limits… and you will pay much, much more. So… pack light.

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I ended up doing the trip to Casablanca on the days that my friend could, so it came out to 400. Now I need a plane ticket to Paris and back, leaving on March 23rd and returning April 6th. My ridiculous 3!! flights leave April 6th at 10:55 AM, so I’m not sure what the best choice would be—
spend money on a hotel for one night (UGH) and fly back April 5th, or try to find a weird flight time in the middle of the night on April 6th.

Any advice?

So, in sum:

Leaving Casablanca for Paris, March 23rd—>returning to Casablanca April 6th

I am leaving from NYC with $2000 for 26 days
Casablanca, Fes, Marrakech, Chefchaouene, Rabat, Paris, Nancy, Casablanca
Requesting help with Transport, Itinerary, Nightlife, Food, Sights
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I would not want to risk missing that flight(s) back to the US on April 6. I would arrive on the 5th to enjoy 1 last evening there, or at least crash at the nearest, cheapest possible lodging overnight so you can be at the airport on the morning of the 6th. Too many variables can interfere with you trying to make a same morning connection on totally separate tickets. Volcanic ash, fog, mechanical delays, crew delays, strikes ….