Crox1 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 309 posts, RR: 3 Posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 8569 times:
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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727EMflyer From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 547 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 8564 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.
A346Dude From Canada, joined Nov 2004, 1353 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 8559 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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Enzedder From New Zealand, joined Aug 2005, 61 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 8538 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.
Illusion From Turkey, joined Jun 2005, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 8531 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...
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AsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 8518 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.
Junketeer From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2004, 10 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 8512 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.
BNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3208 posts, RR: 11
Reply 12, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 8476 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.
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13765 posts, RR: 17
Reply 16, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 8446 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.
CPH757 From Denmark, joined Sep 2005, 684 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 8427 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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Lobster From Germany, joined Oct 2008, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 8381 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.
TPEcanuck From Taiwan, joined Oct 2005, 89 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (10 years 3 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 8248 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!)
ACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7900 posts, RR: 32
Reply 24, posted (10 years 3 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 8239 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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