NWDC10 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5506 times:
Do you look for bargains through the web, use a travel agent or directly from the airline. Remember, it sometimes pays to look around and shop for the best deal. I look at websites/airlines websites but usually purchase from a travel agency. Robert NWDC10
FutureFO From Ireland, joined Oct 2001, 3132 posts, RR: 22
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 5398 times:
I usually go with consolidator sites like travelocity and orbitz first. If I don't find what I want on there then I go to the actual airline websites. Sometimes I find better fares on the airline websites than on the consolidator sites.
Goingboeing From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4875 posts, RR: 17
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 5338 times:
I book at Southwest.com. If they aren't going where I am, then I'll look at travelocity to get an idea of who flies and when they fly, then I'll go to the airline website and book - usually it's cheaper because many of the ".com" travel sites are adding $5 to the ticket.
AC345 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 197 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 5220 times:
Much like everyone else I shop around quite a bit both on the internet and with various travel agencies, until I find the fare I am ready to pay. It seems lately though that I find that fare rather at a travel agency than on the net. Same trip booked with a travel agent is CAD 200-400 more expensive on the internet (on Travelocity, Expedia, Ticketpilot). Travel agents have access to wholesalers, and can find you better deals. That being said, you also have to shop around for a travel agent who can give you a better deal. In my experience with Europe-bound flights, you can always find an agent who can take you there for 50 to 100 bucks less. Key word here: shop around.
RobertNL070 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2003, 4529 posts, RR: 10
Reply 14, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 5170 times:
Havn't put one foot inside a travel shop for at least five years!
www.britishairways.com - one of the best in the world, and one of the most reasonably priced - KLM eat your heart out!!!
www.dutchbird.nl - very handy for those little sun-drenched jaunts in the Med.
www.djoser.nl - for excellent tours - also available in Germany and USA - highly recommended.
Av8rDAL From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 461 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 5165 times:
Usually, I figure out when and where I want to go and then check travelocity.com for fares in a general time period between the two cities. If I see something really good, I'll go to that airline's website and buy the ticket there, as Travelocity, orbitz, etc have a markup of like $10.
Other strategies include signing up for special fare alert emails on airline websites. Just recently, I got an email from Lufthansa advertising the new CLT-MUC service in the spring and introductory fares for $199 roundtrip. I ended up buying tix for me and a friend on Lufthansa.com. If I didnt get that email, I wouldn't be going to Germany in May.
I don't use studentuniverse or STA travel due to the lack of scope they give in terms of fares. The prices don't change too often, and you have to have one of those stupid Student ID cards they sell.
Just keeping a watch on fares between certain cities gives you an idea of what to expect, depending on the season and other factors. Florida is expensive in the winter while Europe is cheap. Delta pretty much matches the fare to any city AirTran serves, etc. Gotta know your markets and what influences them.
Also- be patient and wait for sales to come around. They always do. Never pay full price for anything.
Maintain thine airspeed, lest the Earth rise up and smite thee.
Icarus75 From France, joined Oct 2003, 790 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 5143 times:
When it is for a domestic flight or an intra-european flight, I purchase my ticket on the net (mostly on AF) and well in advance.
When it is for a ticket for US or where ever in asia, I search on the web, look for the best prices and see with my travel agency if they can have the same price.Why that? because when I purchase trough my travel agency, I can pay my ticket in several times!
SIMPLICITY From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2004, 136 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 5131 times:
If I travel long-haul, I would prefer travel agents....
If I travel short haul, I would prefer the no-frill airlines
but, I am always looking for the best deal....if the big guns offer some good deals, I won't hesitate to travel with them rather than no-frill airlines...
Kilavoud From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 5118 times:
I like to go through a Travel Agency.
Yesterday I booked a flight GVA-FRA-MAA-FRA-GVA on LH dep. Febr. 02, return Febr. 28, in coach. They could get me a flight cheaper than what LH was offering yesterday on the Net, because some travel agents know how to unfreeze some programming. Anyway Madras is not a cheap destination.
And Friday I will go to the Agency, pay and pick up my ticket, and surely I will enjoy the contact. We are living more and more in a virtual environment, but the choice is ours to decide if we want it 100 % virtual or not.
Amhilde From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 643 posts, RR: 5
Reply 22, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 5057 times:
STA ive found to actually be quite expensive, sometimes more than a standard airline site, or consolidator. I have to say though, europebyair.com- if you are in the US and need cheap flights on normal airlines on some interestingpoint to point routes then its a good site for $99 one way fare coupons. I havent used it yet, but the $200 return from London to Vilnius is brilliant for me- beats the almost $400 most other carriers want for that route!
When i book a ticket its a long and involved process- i check orbitz, travelocity and airline sites to see what thebest deal is. Ive never tried a travel agent though, is it worth it?