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User currently offlineNWDC10 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (12 years 1 month 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 6315 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

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User currently offlineTriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4706 posts, RR: 39
Reply 1, posted (12 years 1 month 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 6291 times:

My usual procedure is as followed:

1. Check low-cost airlines for fares and availability directly via their websites

2. Check general-purpose travel websites (e.g. expedia, travelocity, opodo) for deals and official fares of the "full frills carriers"

3. Check "full frills carrier" websites for special deals the general-purpose websites don't offer

I haven't been to a travel agent for three years, although my private airline travel budget is easily in the four digit range every year.

Same procedure also applies for business travel (with a higher yearly budget of course).

[Edited 2004-01-14 12:17:59]

Homer: Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!
User currently offlineDelta767300ER From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2562 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (12 years 1 month 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 6285 times:



User currently offlineCessna172RG From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 750 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 1 month 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 6266 times:

First choice: Travel Agency

Second Choice: www.asaptickets.com

Save the whales...for dinner!!!
User currently offlineFutureFO From Ireland, joined Oct 2001, 3132 posts, RR: 19
Reply 4, posted (12 years 1 month 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 6207 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.

Sean from MCO

I Don't know where I am anymore
User currently offlinePVD757 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3466 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (12 years 1 month 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 6184 times:

FutureFO does pretty much what I do, so put me in that catagory as well.

User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 1 month 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 6178 times:

For Biz:


For Worldperks Awards I wind up calling

User currently offlineGoingboeing From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4875 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (12 years 1 month 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 6147 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.

User currently offlineEham From Netherlands, joined Sep 2003, 452 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (12 years 1 month 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 6135 times:

I (almost) everytime book via the internet:

Booked online on these airlines:

User currently offlineBA757 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2832 posts, RR: 13
Reply 9, posted (12 years 1 month 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 6122 times:

BA.com - all you need!


User currently offlineMEA321 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 389 posts, RR: 14
Reply 10, posted (12 years 1 month 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 6088 times:


These are the best student discount sites that I know of.


User currently offlineLeviticus From New Zealand, joined Oct 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (12 years 1 month 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 6043 times:

I have three favorites:


User currently offlineAC345 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 197 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (12 years 1 month 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 6029 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.

User currently offlineAviationMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (12 years 1 month 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 5999 times:

Airliners.net ...  Big thumbs up

User currently offlineRobertNL070 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2003, 4556 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (12 years 1 month 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 5979 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.

Youth is a gift of nature. Age is a work of art.
User currently offlineAv8rDAL From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 472 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (12 years 1 month 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 5974 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.
User currently offlineIcarus75 From France, joined Oct 2003, 834 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (12 years 1 month 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 5952 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!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Flying is amazing!
User currently offlineCOEWRNJ From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1078 posts, RR: 16
Reply 17, posted (12 years 1 month 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 5950 times:



User currently offlineSIMPLICITY From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2004, 136 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (12 years 1 month 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 5940 times:

It depends....really...

If I travel long-haul, I would prefer travel agents....

If I travel short haul, I would prefer the no-frill airlines  Big thumbs up
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... Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineKilavoud From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (12 years 1 month 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 5927 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.

Cheers. Kilavoud.

User currently offlineAdam T. From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 957 posts, RR: 5
Reply 20, posted (12 years 1 month 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 5911 times:

Orbitz.com, airline website, or call the airline reservations phone line.

I like orbitz.com the best!


User currently offlineFunFlyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 866 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (12 years 1 month 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 5904 times:

Mine is defintatly One Stop Air Travel!!!


Who cares about status?
User currently offlineAmhilde From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 643 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (12 years 1 month 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 5866 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?

Hang on tightly, Let go lightly
User currently offlineAFC_ajax00 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 775 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (12 years 1 month 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 5853 times:

I use www.voyagessncf.com for all my train and plane tickets, a really good service i think.

Once you have tasted flight, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward; for there you long to return
User currently offlineKAL744 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (12 years 1 month 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 5833 times:

Usually I book via following pages on the internet:



Also check sometimes following online travel pages:


25 Post contains links AZO : http://www.nwa.com does me just fine, for both cash and Worldperks purchases.
26 Cadet93 : I use Nationwide travel in Jersey city. I cant believe that people still want to spend time fishing around on websites of airlines. While this does so
27 Twalives : www.sidestep.com - why not use the aggregator of travel aggregators?...it even searches southwest!
28 Njintern : Sidestep! Why search dozens of sights when Sidestep will do the searching for you? I just priced MCO to NYC on Travelocity for travel 1/16 and returni
29 Amhilde : Sidestep I havent found to be helpful- I would recommend traveljungle.com ( they also have UK and Germany sites)
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