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Where Do You Book Your Flights?  
User currently offlineCarmenlu15 From Guatemala, joined Dec 2004, 4763 posts, RR: 30
Posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 6129 times:

When you need to book a flight, where do you usually purchase the ticket? Could it be...

A travel agent
The airline's ticket office
Over the phone (airline's res center)
A travel website (such as Travelocity)
The airline's own website

Is your choice based in price, convenience, service...?

(As for me, I never purchased a ticket. I used to sell them  Wink )


Don't expect to see me around that much (if at all) -- the contact link should still work, though.
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User currently offlineWA727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 174 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 6122 times:

Directly through the airline's website. On rare exceptions, I'll use a third party booking agent like Travelocity, but that's only if it's under two weeks in advance.


Don't just stand there, go get some glue!
User currently offlineACdreamliner From UK - Scotland, joined May 2005, 520 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 6121 times:

i normally use the website for low-cost, and Expedia for Long Haul


Where are you going?
User currently offlineFly747 From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 1497 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 6115 times:

I most often use my travel agent as I have never been able to get a better fare through on-line services for the same flight.

Ivan


User currently offlineVirginAbby From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 41 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 6112 times:

The airline's own website  Smile

User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11708 posts, RR: 60
Reply 5, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 6111 times:

Whichever is cheaper, once I know the flights I want to be on I'll check prices on several websites and also direct with the airline. Last time I did this it saved me over £100 per ticket and that was just for an inter European flight!

Dan Smile



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User currently offlineCaptaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5109 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 6104 times:

The cheapest option. Usually for me that is the airline's website.

www.aa.com
www.bwee.com
www.flycaribbeanstar.com
www.usairways.com



There is something special about planes....
User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 70
Reply 7, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 6099 times:

Depends on the airline - sometimes I'll book my flights in Sabre, sometimes I'll book them in Amadeus, occasionally I've booked my flights in Galileo or Worldspan... Big grin

Haven't booked anything through an airline-website or things like Expedia - at best, they matched the fares that I found for myself, but usually they're more expensive... and I simply prefer having the complete control over the PNRs of my own flights.

Regards,
Frank



Smile - it confuses people!
User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 6094 times:

Quoting Leskova (Reply 7):
Depends on the airline - sometimes I'll book my flights in Sabre, sometimes I'll book them in Amadeus, occasionally I've booked my flights in Galileo or Worldspan...

Ah, the advantages of being a travel agent.  bigthumbsup 

For me: Usually I search on several travel websites as well as on several airline websites for the cheapest fare, then I book via the cheapest website.

Patrick


User currently offlineACdreamliner From UK - Scotland, joined May 2005, 520 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 6093 times:

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 5):
PlymSpotter From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 510 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted Fri Jun 3 2005 21:31:21 UTC+2 and read 18 times:


Whichever is cheaper, once I know the flights I want to be on I'll check prices on several websites and also direct with the airline. Last time I did this it saved me over £100 per ticket and that was just for an inter European flight!

Dan

ditto



Where are you going?
User currently offlineUAalltheway From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 6084 times:

I just booked a ticket on Orbitz about 2 minutes ago from JAX to JFK and back. I've always used Orbitz. Often times they have cheaper prices than the airline themselves.

User currently offlineIcarus75 From France, joined Oct 2003, 811 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 6041 times:

In the past, I was using a travel agent all the time.
For two years now, I only use a travel website or the airline's own website.



Flying is amazing!
User currently offlineBarcode From Switzerland, joined Dec 2001, 678 posts, RR: 11
Reply 12, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 6045 times:

Usually the airline's own website: I don't think there is a huge difference in price between the BA site, and say Traveljungle.co.uk .

User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 6035 times:

For LCC's, their own websites obviously.

For anything else Opodo for preference (they book via Amadeus so I have full access to my PNR for adding FQTV, seat requests etc), but if the fare is lower, I use expedia.fr. I do a low fare search on 1A first, to see what possibilities exist, then I look around at who can price them the lowest for me.

For US domestic I always check out Orbitz, just in case, but they aren't so very fabulous these days - I can usually get what I want cheaper on Opodo or expedia, or the airline's own website.

Quoting Leskova (Reply 7):
and I simply prefer having the complete control over the PNRs of my own flights.

Very true ! I can book via 1A but I can't issue the tickets, so if Opodo can't find the same low fare that I manage, I have to get the friendly neighbourhood travel to ticket the booking - they usually don't mind though.


User currently offlineVS747SPUR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 373 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 6027 times:

I never book through the airlines website, always seems to be alot more expensive (e.g. VS). ebookers, opodo and expedia all seem to be cheaper.

VS747SPUR



Fly DL
User currently offlineJetBlueAtJFK From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1687 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 6018 times:

I have booked on the airline's website for shorter trips but for my trip to London I used Orbitz. But I mostly fly shorter routes so I normally go to the airlines website. I also check the flight on Orbitz to see the aircraft type.

http://www.jetblue.com

 airplane jetBlueAtJFK airplane 



When You Know jetBlue, You Know Better
User currently offlineGarri767 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 6008 times:

travel web sites or airline websites, that include

www.expedia.com
www.travelocity.com
www.airfare.com
www.priceline.com
www.hotwire.com
www.fly4less.com
www.cheapair.com
www.flights.com
www.aa.com
www.airtran.com
www.continental.com
www.southwest.com
www.flysong.com
www.flyted.com
www.1800cheapseats.com
www.cheapseats.com
www.travelnow.com
www.kayak.com
www.usair.com
www.midwestairlines.com
www.nwa.com
www.jetblue.com
www.flyi.com
www.cheaptickets.com
www.cheapfares.com
www.sidestep.com
www.frontierairlines.com
www.allegientair.com
www.americawest.com
www.ba.com
www.qantas.com
www.qixo.com
www.vacationstogo.com
www.airfares.com
www.aerlingus.com
www.virginatlantic.com
www.ryanair.com
www.orbitz.com
www.mobissimo.com
www.travelzoo.com
www.spiritair.com
www.alohaair.com
www.delta.com
www.suncountryairlines.com
www.alaskaair.com
www.travelgrove.com
www.ata.com
www.hawaiianairlines.com
www.traveljungle.com
www.iflytma.com
www.travelchecker.zoomshare.com
www.taca.com
www.air-fare.com
www.faremax.com
www.lowestfare.com
www.travel.yahoo.com
www.bestfares.com
www.airlineconsolidator.com
www.asaptickets.com
www.discountfares.com
www.cathaypacific.com
www.japanair.com
www.airchina.com
www.chinasouthern.com
www.india-airfares.com
www.airsaver.com
www.economytravel.com


and dont even get me started on hotel sites  Wink,some people consider me the free a.net travel agent lol


User currently offlineOzvirginuk From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 396 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 5983 times:

Before working for an airline, I used to book directly through UA's call centre (the one in Ireland where NO-ONE speaks a work of fluent English!) because I am Mileage Plus Premier Executive member, and they could do my mileage bookings and stuff. I have also, in the past been a fan of www.expedia.co.uk as they offer good fares (usually)

Now that I work for an airline, I book through staff travel to use my concessions.

Oz


User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 5977 times:

www.nwa.com
www.aa.com
www.suncountryairlines.com
www.bestfares.com

[Edited 2005-06-10 00:30:41]

User currently offlineFreedomtofly From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 750 posts, RR: 6
Reply 19, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5970 times:

I love expedia.com now, but a year or two ago I used travelocity.com. On some occasions I will use the airline's website, usually I book UA flights on united.com.

~Aaron



You are now free to move about the world.
User currently offlineVatveng From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1010 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5965 times:

The last time I used Travelocity, it was an outright disaster. Thanks to them, I use the travel websites (expedia, cheaptickets, orbitz) as search engines only, then go to the airline's website and book it there, so I know that the flight is ACTUALLY booked and I don't end up with bogus tickets.


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User currently offlineAirWillie6475 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2448 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5951 times:

We use the website of the airlines. Since I know something about airlines, I usually look for tickets for my family. I never use orbitz and others.

User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 5950 times:

Quoting Vatveng (Reply 20):
so I know that the flight is ACTUALLY booked and I don't end up with bogus tickets.

Good point. ALWAYS phone the airline to check they ACTUALLY HAVE your booking and get a record locator from them. The website/GDS record locator is in most cases worse than useless.


User currently offlineCarmenlu15 From Guatemala, joined Dec 2004, 4763 posts, RR: 30
Reply 23, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 5939 times:

Quoting WA727 (Reply 1):
the airline's website



Quoting WA727 (Reply 1):
the website



Quoting VirginAbby (Reply 4):
The airline's own website



Quoting Captaink (Reply 6):
the airline's website.

I'm starting to see a trend here...  scratchchin 

One of our instructors used to say that the airline's most profitable agent was IBE - the internet booking engine. It could work 24/7, and wouldn't take long coffee breaks, call in sick, or ask for a raise. Of course, we proved him wrong when the website went kaputt for the Christmas special offers and all sales went to the call center...  Wink

Saludos airplane 



Don't expect to see me around that much (if at all) -- the contact link should still work, though.
User currently offlineFreedom4all From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 122 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 5934 times:

I've found just doing it over the internet is the fastest and easiest way to do it


long live the 747!
25 PITA333 : I do it direct over the airline's web site .
26 Bluejackets : I usually compare the airline's website with Orbitz.com. Most of the time, you can find the lowest fares for each airline on specific route on Orbitz,
27 Hawk44 : It depends if I plan on going on B6 I do it on their website. If I plan on going on another carrier I usually will check the prices on orbitz. Hawk44
28 Cactus739 : I do it directly through the airlines websites.
29 BigGSFO : For work related travel, my company's corporate travel website. For personal, the airline's website.
30 IslipWN : Travel Agent when I fly international and the airline's website when I fly domestically. Joe
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