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My girlfriend and I are living apart for a few months due to work. However my sister is having a wedding in September in the UK that we're both going to. I'm trying to find flights where we can meet somewhere in the continent of America and fly to Europe together (she's terrified of flying - particularly over water!).

I'm finding this an incredibly involved and complicated process. Is there any kind of site out there that can help me find flights - or am I stuck doing this manually?

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Could you be more specific? Which cities are you each flying from? Do you mind hanging around in the intermediate city for hours for her? –  Mark Mayo Jul 1 '13 at 2:28
    
I'm pretty flexible. In this case she's going to be working (and traveling) from Mexico City. I'm from Boston but can get to pretty much any airport in the New England/New York area. I'm definitely prepared to wait for her if it means her not having to cross the Atlantic by herself! –  JokerSmoker Jul 1 '13 at 2:37
    
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Disagree about the duplicate. In the other question, the destination is open. Here the destination is fixed, but the OP is looking for a shared transit airport. That's different. –  gerrit Jul 1 '13 at 9:34
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If you search for MXO-LON connections, you will notice that there is a preference towards 1-stop flights with change in ATL, generally with a carrier change, i.e. 2 separate tickets per person. (The direct flight with British Airways is even more expensive than a 2-carrier flight it seems.)

Because you already have "paid the multi-ticket penalty", you might as well use it to the fullest and nudge the search engine to use a different stopover location (JFK) — there is not much variance in overall cost.

So, with the result from the search engine, just go to each carrier's webpage and do the single bookings according to the itinerary. Do it in reverse order (first JFK-LON-JFK for 2 persons, then MXO-JFK-MXO for 1 person), so that, should some odd problem during booking arise, there is still the possibility to add an extra day with hotel, without being late at the destination.

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Thank you, this is what I ended up doing. Doing it in reverse definitely made it easier than doing it from the multiple departure locations to the single destination. –  JokerSmoker Jul 1 '13 at 19:20
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Honestly, aside from an answer like "flight booking engines" which you've looked at, there's not much else you could do. You can, for example, on kayak.com, enter in the source airport as "MEX,BOS" to see flights from either, but it's not going to show you two heads connecting into one, it'll simply show you the cheapest from one of them, whichever that is. However that might help you get an idea of what's available.

Otherwise, I'd suggest flightfox (they're a paid service, but there's a discount code in my profile) - disclosure, I occasionally compete on there as one of their 'experts'. This way you could specify that you're looking for flights from MEX->LON AND BOS->LON with a connection state-side, and they could find it for you. Don't worry that it sounds like a complex flight, they often deal with more complex than that, and they may also find cheaper flights than you've found so far. Just a thought.

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Thank you, doing that kind of thing with kayak.com (though I was using hipmunk and Matrix) is great advice - and the only thing I could do. Next time I have a complicated booking I'll be sure to look into flightfox.com - but time was against me here. –  JokerSmoker Jul 1 '13 at 19:24
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