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How Do You Find The Best Fares?  
User currently offlineAirtrainer From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 1559 posts, RR: 12
Posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 6778 times:

Hi all !

Well everything is in the title, I'd like to know about your habits when you want to book a flight... I usually look at www.itasoftware.com to see what I can expect, then look at www.avion.fr (french farefinder) or www.mobissimo.fr (or .com) and finally compare with the airline's website itself...

I know that many of you use www.kayak.com ... Any other farefinder or tips to recommand ?

Thanks a lot !


Life is short : eat dessert first !
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User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 1, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 6771 times:

While I usually go to airline's website and the usual online travel agencies like expedia, opodo etc. there also is skyscanner.net ...
For flights out of Germany I also look into skyways.de to get an imprssion on fares.
I tried to use amadeus.net for fares several times but without success (I could never select flights for the last leg).
-HT



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User currently offlineAmigocharlie From Switzerland, joined Oct 2007, 95 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 6747 times:

I always use the airlines website unless i need a little "hint" about airlines operating the route. In that case, i choose www.lcc24.com.

Sometimes i spend hours and hours searching the best fare / routing / airline or a/c. Some friends call me crazy, but as soon they need a cheap flight, i'm most welcome to book it for them...  Wink

Cheers
amigocharlie



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User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 3, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 6746 times:



Quoting Amigocharlie (Reply 2):
unless i need a little "hint" about airlines operating the route. In that case, i choose www.lcc24.com.

Another source of information would be http://www.whichbudget.com/
-HT



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User currently offlineAmigocharlie From Switzerland, joined Oct 2007, 95 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 6741 times:



Quoting HT (Reply 3):
Another source of information would be http://www.whichbudget.com/

Just checked it - not bad at all. Thanks HT

Cheers
amigocharlie



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User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 5, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 6735 times:



Quoting Amigocharlie (Reply 4):
Just checked it - not bad at all. Thanks HT

My pleasure ...
But information on that website is not always absolutely up to date, so checking with the respective airline's website is strongly advised.

Btw, have you seen the thread for the next A.net meeting in ZRH ? This meeting is one of the few meetings that actually is aimed at avaiation rather than hanging around and getting drunk ...
http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...ms/non_aviation/read.main/1863965/

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-HT



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User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17149 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6731 times:

I just check the airlines website. Never use any search engine. Maybe I shall start use any search engine??


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User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 7, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6726 times:



Quoting B747forever (Reply 6):
I just check the airlines website. Never use any search engine. Maybe I shall start use any search engine??

Absolutely depends on the route(s) you intend to travel.
Many LCC's flights are not available outside their proprietary booking engine (FR, U2, ...), whereas the better LCC's are bookable via amadeus and the likes.

Another good engine for me is http://www.bcd-travel-direct.com (I use the german variant), but here you better know your exact travel dates ...
But this website also offers flights on Southwest and sometimes comes up with quite interesting itineraries. However, be prepared to pay a handling fee when booking flights (but that's more or less the norm nowadays, or ?) ...
-HT



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User currently offlineAmigocharlie From Switzerland, joined Oct 2007, 95 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6724 times:



Quoting HT (Reply 5):
Btw, have you seen the thread for the next A.net meeting in ZRH ?

I did. And i'm actually considering to go. Just haven't signed up yet.
(Since i'm quite new here on A.net, it would be my first meeting!)

Btw, it's slightly below 0 °C at my place. But i already enjoyed 5 warm weeks "down under" this year, so who cares... Silly

amigocharlie



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User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 70
Reply 9, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 6717 times:

I almost always go through things like Expedia, Opodo, and airline websites - and so far, I've always ended up booking the flights in one of the GDSs I have at the office, because - so far - never has any other channel offered a lower price than what I could find there: whenever I found a good deal on an airline website, I was able to get at least the same, and often better, deal in Amadeus or Sabre.


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User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 6705 times:

Orbitz always gives me a rundown of not only which airlines are flying that route, but an approximation of the airfare/schedule combo I'm looking for!

For example, for my Minnesota trip this summer at 4th of July, I started with Orbitz to tell me whose schedule was closest to what I needed AND what the prices were. Frontier was the lowest, and after double-checking with the airlines' websites (nobody can be 100% accurate all the time), I went with F9.

I'm not a FF nor do I have an allegiance to any airline/team, so price is the main consideration to me in most cases. Being a school teacher gives me zero chance of flying on business, so everything comes out of my pocket. Orbitz sometimes gives me a rundown, although some airlines are preferred because of the type of planes they fly...



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User currently offlineAg92 From India, joined Jul 2006, 1317 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 6687 times:

In Singapore I use Zuji and then AirFares.com.sg and but I always end up on Singapore Airlines and then make the booking for my family

User currently offlineAirtrainer From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 1559 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 6584 times:

Thanks a lot to you all...

HT, hope to see you in ZRH  Smile



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User currently offlineNQYGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 6571 times:



Quoting HT (Reply 7):
Many LCC's flights are not available outside their proprietary booking engine (FR, U2, ...), whereas the better LCC's are bookable via amadeus and the likes.

I've seen U2 flights on Expedia. I've only seen them from LGW though.

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User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 14, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 6562 times:



Quoting Airtrainer (Reply 12):
HT, hope to see you in ZRH  

I will be there ...

Quoting NQYGuy (Reply 13):
I've seen U2 flights on Expedia. I've only seen them from LGW though.

Thanks for the info.
-HT



Carpe diem ! Life is too short to waste your time ! Keep in mind, that today is the first day of the rest of your life !
User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1715 posts, RR: 18
Reply 15, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 6506 times:

I usually check the airline websites for the best fares. On LH, booking a flight to CMN is rather impossible because their booking system is messed up. Me and my family usually buy flights from "our" travel agency (that i don't remember the name of). We have been buying tickets from them for many many years and they always give the best fares. One good thing about them is that they can find flights for two or three days in advance for the same price as if you would have booked two months in advance.


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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 6470 times:

Check on Amadeus first, using ValuePricer. Then go to Opodo, check if they have better fares. Check also Expedia.fr. If one airline stands out as being best, I go to the airline website to check there. Book wherever there's the best fare. If the airline is using Amadeus behind their booking engine, go into the booking, add my FF, APIS data and pre-reserve my seats.

User currently offlineOHLHD From Finland, joined Dec 2004, 3962 posts, RR: 25
Reply 17, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 6467 times:

Interesting that nobody has mentioned www.amadeus.net so far.

Go to the page,

Click on your language

Put in your destinations and dates etc and then

Click on Best fares.


By clicking on on of the fares you will be redirected to the airlines homepage or a travel site.

Hope this helps.  Smile


User currently offlineYflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 1102 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 6458 times:

I usually check Orbitz or Kayak to get an idea of what fares and schedules are like, but now more often than not I go to the airline's website to do the actual booking. Typically you'll find the same fares directly from the airline's website, but you'll save the booking fee those other sites charge.

Back when I was eligable for student or youth discounts, I used STA Travel a lot. I once was able to get a flight to Hawaii through them for around $200 cheaper than the lowest fare I could find anywhere else. (Though now that Aloha is gone I kind of regret not going with them, which I would have done had I not that really cheap fare).


User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11719 posts, RR: 60
Reply 19, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 6447 times:

If I'm travelling within the UK then I will first check the trains using www.nationalrail.co.uk and sometimes the coaches as well, then after that I will look at the various airline websites and see what their fares are like. If it's not tremendously more than the train then I'll pay to fly, if not I'll sit for hours on the train instead. Quite often it's actually a lot cheaper to fly!

For other flights I'll check known LCCs and also Expedia, plus Opodo as Expedia are unable to issue tickets to several countries which I plan to visit or have already been to. once I've found the cheapest I then usually disregard it anyway, instead choosing the more interesting routing - so long as it's not more than about £50 more than the very cheapest for a short/meduim haul flight, or £100 for a long haul flight.


Dan  Smile



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User currently offlineTennis69 From Qatar, joined Apr 2007, 405 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 6437 times:
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When flying domestically in the US I always book on delta.com. When flying internationally (20+ times per year) I always fly SkyTeam and always use the same travel agent based in Hanoi. She is able to beat any internet fares by 15% or more.

User currently offlineMHG From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 796 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (6 years 8 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 6365 times:

www.swoodoo.de is a good source although only availlable in German
(but the page may be still relatively easy to navigate even if you have no German language skills ... ! )

This page also lists LCC´s like Ryanair etc. incl. taxes !



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User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12341 posts, RR: 18
Reply 22, posted (6 years 8 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 6355 times:
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I just contact my works travel department, and get staff rates. Saved $2000 on my up-coming Y+ USA/Europe/HKG trip. No complaints here

User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 23, posted (6 years 8 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 6328 times:



Quoting OHLHD (Reply 17):
Interesting that nobody has mentioned www.amadeus.net so far.

Every time I tried it I got stuck with being unable to select my last sector. So I gave up after a while ...
But the timetable on that site I use frequently.
-HT



Carpe diem ! Life is too short to waste your time ! Keep in mind, that today is the first day of the rest of your life !
User currently offlineBoston92 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3390 posts, RR: 7
Reply 24, posted (6 years 8 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 6270 times:

If you can speak the language, ITA Software ( www.itasoftware.com ) is the best to find what you really want.


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User currently offlineBHD From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 282 posts, RR: 0
Reply 25, posted (6 years 8 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 6259 times:



Quoting HT (Reply 7):
Many LCC's flights are not available outside their proprietary booking engine (FR, U2, ...),



Quoting NQYGuy (Reply 13):
I've seen U2 flights on Expedia. I've only seen them from LGW though

Two sites I use:

www.travelfusion.com allows bookings for many LCCs, including EasyJet. A great search engine shows you all the possible combination of outbound and inbound flights allowing you to mix and match for the cheapest price.

www.clubtravel.ie is also a good site which usually offers some great fares, although only from Irish origins. I usually use this site however to explore the possible routings from DUB or BHD.

Woody


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