PanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8 Posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 5034 times:
I had an interesting experience recently - and I am curious how many of us out here are known to be computer savvy with airline websites...
Last week, a fellow teacher came to talk to me. She will be going to Kauai for one week in June, staying in someone's time-share condo. She needed four round-trip tickets from San Diego to Lihue, with a side-trip to Honolulu, if the airfare wouldn't be too much.
She had absolutely no idea what to do.
She came to me to help her because word was out that I had helped another teacher out with her trip to Greece. More on that later.
I searched schedules and fares, and printed out possible itineraries for her. When I explained them to her, I asked her first if they could handle an overnight flight from Honolulu to California. When she replied, "yes" eagerly, I then told her my first choice would be United, because they have overnight flights back, giving them almost an extra entire day on Oahu for the same price.
After consultation with her group, I purchased the itinerary for her. She watched the entire process and was just amazed at how easy I made it look.
The other teacher flies to Greece often, and last summer I downloaded her the itineraries for Delta SAN-ATH. I kept her informed of the ATL-ATH non-stop, and thanks to it, she decided to go back again this year. This teacher is also the one who informed me that NO one in Greece willingly flies Olympic - Aegean is ALWAYS the better choice.
How often do other a.netter's do this little bit of "magic" for other people? And how much of your personal preferences do you throw in for good measure?
Pan Am:The World's Most Experienced Airline - P(oor) S(ailor's) A(irline): San Diego's Hometown Airline-Catch Our Smile!
She came to me to help her because word was out that I had helped another teacher out
I do this for a lot of my friends. Most of them are too lazy to search 10 websites for airfares but i really enjoy it.
The last time i did it was for one of my co-workers who was flying to PHX out of CLE a few weeks ago!
DesertAir From Mexico, joined Jan 2006, 1462 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 4972 times:
I often buy tickets online for others. I share my Southwest Rapid Rewards with a number of associates and must book them my RR number. Since I like doing airline research I do not mind giving a hand on the keyboard.
HT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 4, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 4966 times:
Apart from my immediate family (for whom I usually do all the evaluation of package tours and also all the bookings of individual items like flights, hotel, rental car etc.), I´ve been providing "service" to two collegues of mine for their private travelling (flights, hotel, transfer-info) recently.
Furthermore, I usually do my own research of flights before forwarding travel plans for my (limited) business travel.
Sometimes it comes to my mind that I might be working in the wrong business and that being a "travel agent" would be more appropriate ...
I especially get that feeling every time I successfully have booked an itinerary for me (after considerably long evaluation), and immediately afterwards I am no longer interested in going onto that trip ... !
Worst time of "jitters *)" is about 2-4 days before departure with another peak when it comes to packing the suitcase.
*) It´s not that I get nervous; it´s just that I loose the interest in the trip and that I would prefer to stay home which actually has resulted in a number of no-shows yet (some of them were expensive write-offs, but drifting away too much from the original topic - maybe I should open a new thread for "no-shows" in the next days ...).
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 !
BNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3183 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 4958 times:
All the time.
I am always organising work colleagues trips; if you looked at my credit card statement then you would think that I travel every week.
Qantas, Air NZ; Singapore Airlines; Jetstar; Skywest; Ryanair; Virgin Blue; Korean Air
Quoting PanAm747 (Thread starter): And how much of your personal preferences do you throw in for good measure?
If I organise Qantas then I get double frequent flier points so in fact for some trips I get the similar amount of points that they get when they take the flight. I have also booked flights that I would like to take myself one day. Fly from BNE to CHC via AKL and back again via another airport.