Traveling from the Pacific Northwest to Knoxville Tennessee is only practical via air travel. Since arranging air travel for the entire conference would be too complicated and costly we are recommending each group attending CHIC make their own reservations.  However, our Liaison team is available to partner with you to help accomplish this goal. We have some helpful resources available, and some general tips to make the process easier.

We also recommend all groups attending CHIC from the North Pacific Conference consider arriving a day early on July 14th and rafting together on the first day of CHIC, July 15th. While rafting is an added cost, given the distance we travel to CHIC, it is worth arriving a day early and spending time together! NOTE: The extra night’s stay is also an additional $25 per person. Traveling early should make booking flights easier and allow your group to be more rested the first day since they won’t have to be at the airport at 4:00am.

HELPFUL RESOURCES

• Lakeville Travel: This is the travel agency the Covenant office uses for all its travel. They will be looking at getting group rates and discounts for anyone who is interested. They can be contacted at (800) 848-8151.
• Kayak.com: If you want to avoid a travel agent and find your own tickets, Kayak.com is a great place to start. After you input your travel dates it will search all the discount ticket sites and show you the best deals.
• Keith Hamilton: Keith works for Alaska Christian College. He has earned a reputation for getting into the Knoxville Airport.  Contact him at (907) 394-1988 or kjhamilton(at)aol.com.

GENERAL TIPS

• Block out seats early.  Up to eleven months before your travel date you can “block out” seats without giving names or a deposit.  Generally this will give you the best price as well as allow you to fly in and out of the Knoxville airport, which is very small.
• Many have had success soliciting donations of air miles from their congregation. This could be a great way to save money. Be aware, though, that you may have to send small groups on several different airlines, which can get complicated.
• Get help! Ask parents or others in your congregation to call the airlines, get quotes, and put together possible itineraries.  Don’t make CHIC travel your full-time job!
• If you are going to CHIC for the first time consider partnering with someone who has been before. Our CHIC Liaison team would be glad to help you out in any way.
• Cost: The cost for CHIC travel from the North Pacific Conference has been anywhere from $300-600 per person. Plan, fundraise, or budget accordingly.

CHIC 2012 LIASON TEAM

Chad McDaniel (Mount Vernon, WA) – (360) 424-9399, chad(at)bccmv.org
Erik Cave (Portland, OR) – (503) 238-5950, erikcave(at)gmail.com
Jeff Palmberg (Seattle, WA) – (206) 232-1015 ext. 111, jpalmberg(at)micc.org
Ruby Varghese (Kent, WA) – (253) 631-0222 ext. 312, ruby.varghese(at)kentcov.org

GENERAL GUIDELINES

• Block out seats early.  Up to eleven months before your travel date you can “block out” seats without giving names or a deposit.  Generally this will give you the best price as well as allow you to fly in and out of the Knoxville airport, which is very small.
• Many have had success soliciting donations of air miles from their congregation. This could be a great way to save money. Be aware, though, that you may have to send small groups on several different airlines, which can get complicated.
• Get help! Ask parents or others in your congregation to call the airlines, get quotes, and put together possible itineraries. Don’t make CHIC travel your full-time job!
• If you are going to CHIC for the first time consider partnering with someone who has been before. Our CHIC Liaison team would be glad to help you out in any way.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email