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User currently offlineCrox1 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 308 posts, RR: 3
Posted (9 years 7 months 6 hours ago) and read 7887 times:
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I got to thinking, we all love a bargain airfare, so where do you buy your personal air tickets from, when I say personal I mean for leisure travel, not paid for employers etc.

Do you pay top dollar to travel agencies to arrange it for you; knowing that if it does go wrong; you can blame them or do you arrange it yourself through Airline websites, knowing that you can pre-book seats or even have internet check-in.

Or do you book flights through sites such as Travelocity and Orbitz, to name but two, knowing that you paid a cheap price, but. you won't qualify for any upgrade as you haven't even paid the full Y fare, ( I know it does happen on occasions that you get an upgrade on a cheap ticket, but, seldom, unless you can tell me different!).

Personally I prefer to book on the Airlines own website,as they can usually match the cheap tickets to within £30 or so, although I have been known to on occasion to book through cheap websites, without problems, YET.

Let me know your preferences.


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User currently offline727EMflyer From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 547 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 7 months 5 hours ago) and read 7882 times:

All my more recent trips have been booked through the airline's website or with their telephone res agents. I have been known to darken the doors of both travelocity and orbitz too, though. I would rather get the lowest fare I can when traveling with the family since its near impossible to upgrade the bunch! I do enough business travel that I can apprecieate my upgrades when traveling for work.

User currently offlineA346Dude From Canada, joined Nov 2004, 1329 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (9 years 7 months 3 hours ago) and read 7877 times:

I almost always use the airline's website because it is most convenient and you can make sure everything is as you would like it to be. Last week, however, I booked through the travel agent here on campus because I had a couple coupons for a flight. Ended up saving $100 (on a $240 flight ).


[Edited 2005-10-28 04:46:50]

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User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6526 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (9 years 7 months 2 hours ago) and read 7871 times:

Usually I use the Airline´s websites, but I also check other travel sites for prices.
Recently I´ve booked flights through both types of institutions (for various reasons).

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User currently offlineEnzedder From New Zealand, joined Aug 2005, 54 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 7856 times:

if u want to spend as little as possible, i advice u to book your flight with some agency who specialize on students fares. even if u are no student. but they got the lowest fares with all sorts of airlines and they offer u different options, especially on long distance flights.

with sta travel i have had excellent experiences so far. and they have agencies all over the world.

so long


User currently offlineIllusion From Turkey, joined Jun 2005, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 7849 times:

I try to book my flights through the reservation lines and get the ticket from a ticket agency.
But on my last flight - which was on a charter airline - I bought my ticket with my credit card on the phone through the reservation line of the airline and didn't buy a ticket because they send the PNR No. to your cell phone and you simply use that No. at the check-in instead of getting a ticket... Was a easy procedure but just for domestic flights of the airline...
Cheers!  Smile

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User currently offlineVasu From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 4035 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 7844 times:

I usually use travelocity.co.uk...

The only airline website I've used is BA.com... it was cheaper than travelocity, for some reason!

User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 7836 times:

I use the airline websites because they usually have the cheapest prices. Sometimes Travelocity, Priceline, etc. have a cheaper price, but the flight times either suck or aren't disclosed. I'd rather pay a little more to be able to fly at 0800 rather than 0230.


User currently offlineJunketeer From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2004, 10 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (9 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 7830 times:

Well, I tend to look for value first and foremost except, of course, when junketeering on company expenses.

That being the case, the best deals are almost certainly to be found on the internet and there is an amazing array of choice out there. Then it depends on where you're going and how you want to get there.

I have booked a few different trips lately and have used a number of different tactics to make sure I am getting the absolute best deal.

For a flight to Dublin in December (booking in August with plenty of notice), the obvious solution was an LCC and a ludicrously cheap ticket. You want to scoop something like that up when airlines like Ryanair are doing a sale.

Booking London-Geneva for March next year was interesting. We go in a group and usually like to travel together from LHR on a proper airline at convenient times. Solution was when Opodo were doing their mad Monday sales a month or so ago, with £20 off each ticket. There is a website which gives you cashback of 1% or up to £5 per flight when you book through Expedia, Opodo or Ebookers as well.

For any long distance a good surf through all the internet agents, the airlines, as well as flight-finder sites like Travel Jungle, is a must. Weekend travel supplements also give an excellent guide to what the best deals are. The best deals can turn up in any one of these ways and sometimes quite unexpectedly. I thought a bunch of flights at one price had gone altogether once the price increased on the BA site but Expedia still had them all on special offer.

I was booking internal flights in Mexico recently and the usual channels seemed very pricey. So I went to the individual airport websites to see who flew to and from each one and found that there were small LCC equivalents who obviously can't afford to market themselves very well (eg Aerolineas Azteca) who flew for a fraction of the price of the main carriers. Similarly in Chile, where I lived for a while, you could be emailed weekly specials from LanChile of internal flight deals that were otherwise buried in their website. Sometimes these deals will only be in the national language too.

You really have to look quite hard for business and first class deals. I have stumbled across two excellent sources of bargains for this: one being Austravel for flights to Oz/NZ and the other being a legendary thread on a similar website to this that explains how to fly from a European airport back to the Uk and then onwards for a huge discount from a direct fare.

As far as upgrades go, I used to get one virtually every time with a lowly BA Silver card even on the very cheapest (BA) ticket. This seemed to count for much more than the actual price paid.

User currently offlineLisette From Netherlands, joined Jun 2005, 4 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (9 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 7821 times:

I use http://www.sidestep.com which is a great website to compare fares!

User currently offlinePilot kaz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 7817 times:

I Have booked on the following sites:


I Have Also Booked via phone and via an airline ticket desk  Smile

User currently offlineTsaord From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 7803 times:

i prefer aa.com. it just makes life easier. plus an AA rep told me a work ill get cheaper deals on aa.com

User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3194 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (9 years 6 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 7794 times:

For domestic I use the airlines web site. For international I have been using the travel agent. I recently booked with the travel agent for an international flight which would have been a few dollars cheaper if I had done it online.

Future bookings are likely to be all done online.

Why fly non stop when you can connect
User currently offlineBabybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 6 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 7786 times:

I only use the airline website. I haven't called an agency for years as most of the time they quote the same fare that is on the website anyway. I like to have direct access to my booking too.

Also the agency have been given those awful flights you can't get to like "departing Sunday 05:55 and arriving London Sunday 23:55"

One of the worst sites to try and book with is Opodo. Lots of apparently cheap fares but the thing never lets you book them or they are sold out. Avoid it like the plague, I do.

User currently offlineCrox1 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 308 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (9 years 6 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 7778 times:
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Quoting Babybus (Reply 13):
Also the agency have been given those awful flights you can't get to like "departing Sunday 05:55 and arriving London Sunday 23:55"

That is the flight from hell, but, would you take it, if it meant saving $200 through Travelociy etc

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User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12641 posts, RR: 17
Reply 15, posted (9 years 6 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 7766 times:

New Zealand domestic - Air New Zealand web-site
International - Flight centre, or today I purchased my next NZ international flight from NZs WLG sales desk

User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13415 posts, RR: 16
Reply 16, posted (9 years 6 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 7764 times:

I have used Travelocity in recent years, but also an airline's website, especially when direct sales (as I did one time with BA). Travelocity also features CO among the airlines on their websites, which is especially good as I prefer to fly out of EWR. Travelocity can also give you a good idea of market priceing, then go to an airline's website to see if they have a better deal directly.

User currently offlineBabybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 7751 times:

Quoting Crox1 (Reply 14):
would you take it, if it meant saving $200 through Travelociy

The saving is never enough to cover the cost of a taxi home or at destination. It also puts your friends out if they have to get up at 03:00 to drop you off or wave you out the door.

The furthest I'd go to catch a plane is Stansted and that's like a million miles away.

User currently offlineCPH757 From Denmark, joined Sep 2005, 684 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 7745 times:

I prefer to use the airline website, which I often do. However, I often find cheap intercontinental youth/student fares a travel agencies. They are cheaper than on the airline website, and they are usually flexible and partly refundable. They usually don't cost more, even though you choose to return from another airport. A feature that the airline websites doesn't seem to be very good at...

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User currently offlineVasu From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 4035 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 7738 times:

Quoting Junketeer (Reply 8):
a legendary thread on a similar website to this that explains how to fly from a European airport back to the Uk and then onwards for a huge discount from a direct fare.

Sounds interesting, what is this?

User currently offlineLobster From Germany, joined Oct 2008, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 7699 times:

For me, I usually book either through Travelocity or go right to the airlines website. For most of my flights in Europe, I book on travelocity or easyJet's website. Otherwise, I use NWA.Com for the most part.

User currently offlineFLAIRPORT From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 7701 times:

i'll either call the airline or go through their website...i use all resources available to find the fare and i'll explore every option before i book.

User currently offlineTPEcanuck From Taiwan, joined Oct 2005, 89 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 7566 times:

I'm curious what other members know about the options in Taiwan, but I have found that my full-service travel agent in Taiwan is consistenly cheaper than the airline websites and even online travel agents(with retail outlets, but just order takers, not travel agents.) here in Taiwan such as eztravel.

I get full points on my tickets, infinite ability to change the dates up to 24 hours before departure on any leg, all for free. On top of this, she knows me, and has lets me know options such as slightly different itineraries for significantly less money!

Overall, I find the prices from originating in Asia travelling to N. America tobe cheaper, and certainly more flexible, even if booking the same class of ticket on the same airline. Anyone else found this or am I delusional!?

(edited to remove website links I had included! oops!)

[Edited 2005-11-09 09:09:01]

User currently offlineA319114 From Netherlands, joined Aug 2004, 541 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 7560 times:

I usually book via ebookers (the german site, not the dutch, which seems more expensive all the time, even on identical flights!) or just check some airlines website.

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User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7744 posts, RR: 34
Reply 24, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7557 times:

First thing I'll do is check out expedia and such, but I'll never book through them. I'll find the fare I'm looking for and then call the airline and quote them it. 99% of the time they'll either match it or even beat it. I'll only book through the airlines because I hate getting the run around from them if you book through expedia and co. if there are any problems. I don't like using travel agents that much because I'll usually end up getting into an argument about things with them. Most recent example was when I wanted to rent a car in Germany back in April/May of this year. I wanted to pick up the car in DUS and drop it off 2 weeks later in FRA. The travel agent wanted to charge me a $200 drop off fee because of the two airports. I tried to explain to her that if you rent from most big car rental agents in Germany and you drop it off at a different location (as long as it is in the same counrty), there is no fee. Anyway, we argued for about half an hour until I called the agency in Germany with my mobile phone and asked. The travel agents face was redder than a tomato when she didn't get her $200 for a non-existent fee.

Anyway, if I book it myself and something goes wrong, I can't blame anyone else but myself and I learn for the next time.

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25 Post contains links GusNYC : I strongly recommend www.sidestep.com (like Lisette said) and www.kayak.com The last one has a very interesting and fun feature called Kayak Buzz. Giv
26 ZKEOJ : I am always shopping around and never can make up my mind what flights, airlines, and routings I want to have. By then I have a good idea who offers w
27 Post contains images Trekster : If your making a booking with BA, i advise if poss to make the booking on the internet. If you need to call and make it, there is a booking fee of £1
28 Lufthansa747 : LIS-LHR-NRT, TIP-FRA-BKK, ATH-FRA-YVR, CAI-FRA-SIN etc. Usually much cheaper than BA or LH F/C from FRA/LHR. Similarly lots of people pick up their p
29 CXA330300 : My family usually calls the airline. We occasionally will book on Expedia for some flights. We never use a travel agent.
30 HAWK21M : At the Airport,Since its quite near my Home. regds MEL
31 Avianca : I think the last x years I have bought all my tickets via Internet or via telephone directly with the airline. + some non-rev tickets directly at the
32 Vatveng : I've had too many problems with third-party websites (Travelocity, Priceline) that I never use them anymore. I do a search at Sidestep but once I find
33 Post contains links NWDC10 : http://farechase.yahoo.com Robert NWDC10
34 Post contains images Leskova : Considering who my employer is, I usually end up doing my bookings myself... on one of the CRSs I have available at my desk... I usually compare what
35 Aerorobnz : I go to the Staff Travel web page, or TATS
36 FiveMileFinal : Back in the day I used to use Expedia but now I almost always book exclusively through Travelocity (except for WN flights which I book through their w
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