NQYGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4706 times:
I use Kayak which picks out the fares/routings I want from the hundreds of airlines/travel agents. I then go to the sites that offer said fares/routings and book the flights.
I have no preferential agent to book with, but I seem to have used Expedia.co.uk quite a bit recently, but conversely and in all reality, I'll book on whichever site gives me what I want to see. Within reason of course.
jetblue777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 1468 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4705 times:
Expedia. No booking fee plus they're usually the cheapest. But KAYAK is better, however, you can't book through them, they just give you these different sites that give you the cheapest option.
However, most of our bookings are done directly through the airline's website, my family just uses Expedia, KAYAK, Orbitz , Priceline as reference, then we directly go to the airline's website to purchase it.
Since we do a lot of domestic travel in the Philippines, we usually buy those tickets by going to the airline's ticketing office as most of their website doesn't accept American credit cards in some cases..
Yflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 1102 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4695 times:
I also use Kayak to search for flights, and typically book on the airline's web site. I usually do check the boxes on Kayak to search Orbitz, Expedia, etc., but I have not yet had them come up with anything significantly better than what I can get from the airlines themselves.
When I was younger I used to use STA Travel (which is both an online and brick-and-mortar travel agency) sometimes since they specialized in finding student/youth discount fares. I once got a youth fare from them to OGG that was $200 cheaper than anything I could find anywhere else.
LAX888 From Singapore, joined Oct 2010, 279 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4630 times:
I usually use Kayak and ebookers to check out which airline has the best fare and then book directly on the airline website since they are usually cheaper. However for my recent trip from ZRH-JFK-ZRH ebookers was cheaper than the AA website which I found weird. Isn't the Airline always cheaper than those travel websites?
Birdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3836 posts, RR: 51
Reply 10, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4625 times:
For European travel that might involve LCCs, I use http://www.skyscanner.net
They piece together several options on LCCs and full service airlines and display them by price.
For example I want a one way BSL to BCN on a certain day, it will build me itineraries like BSL to MAD on Easyjet plus MAD to BCN on Spanair, that along with all the other options, sorted by price.
Very nice, it has given me great travel ideas in the past that I would have never figured out myself. I wanted to fly from Berlin to Zurich recently and who would have thought that one of the cheapest ways was to VIE via NUE on Air Berlin, then onwards to ZRH... on Koreal Air A330?
Needless to say, I booked that, and I enjoyed the trip very much!
All the things you probably hate about travelling are warm reminders that I'm home
exFATboy From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2974 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4523 times:
I use Kayak for research, then usually buy directly from the airlines' own websites.
Because I fly from NYC to Florida a lot, and everyone offers one-way pricing on those routes these days, I check one-ways as well so I can mix and match airlines - a round-trip outbound on one carrier and returning on another won't show up on Kayak if the airline's policy doesn't permit it (AA) or the airline can't be ticketed on a mixed itinerary (JetBlue, for example).
If I'm buying a longer trip and it's a mixed itinerary (for example, a few years ago I flew EWR-TPA and TPA-IAH-YYC on CO, then YYC-YYZ-EWR on AC), then I'll buy the ticket through Orbitz.
Many European LCCs flight information will not show up on Kayak (EasyJet does, though), so I use a couple of sites to look for fares and then buy directly - whichbudget.com and eurocheapo.com, for example.
And in the US, if your trip possibly includes Southwest, you have to go to their website to check fares, since the "Customer-friendly" airline doesn't permit fares to be displayed on Kayak - schedules will come up, but not fares, as that would make it too easy to see that a lot of the time passengers are paying extra so their bags can fly "free".
DesertAir From Mexico, joined Jan 2006, 1481 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 4304 times:
I always book directly with the airline. I fly Southwest monthly. For summer travel I usually fly AA and sometimes CO. I also book directly my car rental company, Budget and my usual hotel La Quinta. I may use third party sites for price comparison but I prefer dealing directly with the airline company. I guess I have read about too many third party booking horror stories.
Coal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2130 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4299 times:
For me it depends on my destination. If I am traveling within China, I always use Ctrip, as they generally show more flight options than Expedia or Travelocity (e.g. PVG - XIY has one flight on Expedia and Travelocity vs 10 - 15 flights on Ctrip). Plus Ctrip generally include non-major airlines in China such as Juneyao, Hainan, China Spring, etc. Ctrip also lists all the different fare categories for the flights, e.g. you can choose to fly cheap and not earn miles, or you can pay a bit more and earn miles.
For international flights I first go to ITA and check out what the fares are like and I compare to Expedia and Travelocity, then I will generally just go directly to the airline's website and book there. However, there is an exception to this rule. If I am booking with a Chinese airline I generally prefer to book with Expedia and if my travel plans are not set in stone (e.g. I might need to change the date or destination), then I always book on Expedia as they have a 24 hour grace period by which you can cancel your flight without incurring any fees, and I've done this at least 4 or 5 times during 2010.
However, one thing I hate is that on Expedia or Travelocity you cannot choose the fare bucket, but instead they will just offer the cheaper fare. So if at all possible, I will check which fares earn miles and then just do it the old fashioned way by walking down to the airline ticket sales office (most airlines have ticket sales offices in Asia, but I can't remember when was the last time I saw one of these in the US).
signol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3024 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4219 times:
I tend to use Kayak and Skyscanner for research. Then I will usually book direct with the airline. However, some times it can be cheaper to use an online agent - once a TP flight was just over 50% cheaper to book on Expedia. Also, not all routings are available on direct airline websites. For example, KLM to South Africa shows its own flights, and likes to route you through NBO on KQ, but no mention of AF. Also, given the dates and origin and destination, Opodo came out to be around £100 cheaper than booking either KL of AF direct.
So basically, whoever is cheaper or who offers the best combination of route / airline / schedule to what I want