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2020 Biennial Dates Released!

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LJG

Save the date! 

May 23 – May 30, 2020.

Join the IPS and come to La Réunion to see palms on our 2020 Biennial!

You don’t want to miss this trip!

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Hyophorbe indica in habitat. Photo by Olivier Reilhes.

Hyophorbe indica -  Forêt d'Eden.jpeg

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Tracy S

Awesome. Looking forward to it.

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Cindy Adair

I’ll be there!

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Kim

Thanks for providing the dates well in advance. I look forward to hearing more about the itinerary and pricing. 

La Réunion is a very interesting destination.

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Alberto

I hope to be there !

 

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LJG

This is from Bo on another thread:

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As has already been pointed out, airfares from the U.S. to Reunion for May 2020 are clearly on the high side. But keep in mind, Reunion is exactly on the other side of the planet from the U.S. West Coast! The obvious choice would seem to be to fly via Europe (specifically Paris) but another option is via Bangkok, and that can actually be considerably less expensive. The following airlines fly to Reunion (RUN):

Air France - lots of flights from both Paris CDG and Paris ORY (Orly). There is no significant difference in price.

French Bee - flights from Paris ORY.

XL Airways - flights from Paris CDG.

Air Austral - flights from Paris CDG and from Bangkok BKK.

Out of the four, Air France clearly has (by far) the most resources (read "planes") and currently has a total of 70 Boeing 777s which are used for the flights to RUN. Air France also has the advantage of being in the SkyTeam alliance (with KLM, Delta Air Lines and others).

French Bee - only three A350s in the fleet (but very competitive prices).

XL Airways - only four A330s in the fleet (with an additional Portuguese one leased in short term for the summer). Again, competitive prices.

Air Austral - three Boeing 777s and two 787 Dreamliners. The only one of the four that's based at RUN. Currently only two flights a week between BKK and RUN.

In many cases it will be most cost effective to book separate flights, whether flying via Paris or Bangkok and in such a scenario, always good to book in (at least) one night stop at the transit airport. And as has also being pointed out, this is nine months out and prices will definitely be very fluid. For instance, as of right now, Air France is showing very competitive prices for next week but all prices for May 2020 are very high. Likely to change. The question is when...

Another option is to look for flights to Mauritius (MRU). It's a very short flight from MRU to RUN.

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bgl

Might add that XL Airways is currently in the process of going out of business. :o

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WNCpalms

All plans for the 2020 IPS Biennial are complete for me......flying from Charlotte NC to Paris to St. Denis then on for pre tour to Madagascar.  This is a trip of a lifetime and well worth the cost of getting there.

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