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NK Drops Expedia  
User currently offlineNkops From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2699 posts, RR: 6
Posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1869 times:

As a cost cutting move, NK stopped selling seats on Expedia recently . Considering they sell approximately 70% of their tickets on their own website, this is probably a good move. I'm not sure how much this saves, but I was wondering if you think more airlines will do this as one way to save money with record high fuel prices???


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User currently offlineA330323X From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 3039 posts, RR: 43
Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1824 times:

US had a big spat with Expedia a year or two back where US stopped selling their tickets on Expedia until they could get their fees reduced. I think you'll see more and more of this in the future.


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User currently offlineTornado82 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1781 times:

Why bother booking with Expedia anyways? Find out who has the cheapest itinerary for that route, then go directly to the airline's website to book it. You'll save at least the $5 Expedia.com booking fee, and sometimes the airlines even perk it more than that on their own websites. And almost all the legacies have "Guaranteed Lowest Price" pricing on their own websites, which guarantees you Expedia, et al won't beat them on their own flights.

User currently offlineLGAtoIND From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 490 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1725 times:

I completley agree. If you are just booking flights, the airline's websites are almost always a little cheaper than expedia, orbitz, cheaptickets, etc. IMHO those websites are good for booking combination hotel/air/rental car deals, as there can be a discount if you get all those from the same place.

User currently offlineHawaiian717 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3210 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1683 times:

Aside from packaging (which some of the airline sites can do), the other reason to go with a site like Expedia is that they will combine different airlines to get a lower fare. You can often do this on your own by buying separate tickets, but there can be advantages to booking all the flights together.

Sometimes there are cases where the third party sites are cheaper than the airline's site. I've seen Priceline's "pick your flights" option have a lower fare for a SFO-OGG ticket on ATA than on ATA.com had for the same flights. I've also seen Orbitz have a low fare on the flights I wanted, where United.com had the same fare but not for the flights I wanted.


User currently offlineTornado82 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1644 times:

The problem with that "packaging" is that if you miss a connection because of say the UA flight being delayed/cancelled, the TZ flight you'll be screwed. It's been mentioned in a few threads here in the past.

User currently offlineCHI787ORD From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 561 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1624 times:

In terms of internet sites though, I'd say Orbitz is the best. The search is always very thorough especially on international routes.

User currently offlineSHUPirate1 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3670 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1610 times:

Quoting Tornado82 (Reply 5):
The problem with that "packaging" is that if you miss a connection because of say the UA flight being delayed/cancelled, the TZ flight you'll be screwed. It's been mentioned in a few threads here in the past.

Tornado-Correct me if I am wrong, but aren't these sorts of flights usually on paper tickets, and on one specific airlines' "ticket stock", making it their responsibility if there is such a misconnect?



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User currently offlineJjbiv From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1226 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1495 times:

Airlines are only responsible for interline misconnects if the entire itinerary is on one (or conjunctive) tickets. If you buy two separate tickets and string them together yourself, you are on your own if things go sour.

joe


User currently offlineNkops From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2699 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1412 times:

Quoting CHI787ORD (Reply 6):
In terms of internet sites though, I'd say Orbitz is the best.

I agree. Isn't Orbitz jointly owned by several airlines??



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User currently offlineJacobin777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 14968 posts, RR: 59
Reply 10, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1391 times:

Quoting Nkops (Reply 9):
I agree. Isn't Orbitz jointly owned by several airlines??

they used to be owned by a consortium of few airlines, including UA, AA..but those companies have sold their shares in the company a while ago...



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User currently offlineN801NW From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 744 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1352 times:

Orbitz became a publicly held company (ORBZ) and last year the airlines cashed out entirely when the company was sold to Cendant Corp.

Cendant owns cheaptickets.com and Galileo (GDS) among other things. Orbitz had signed a ten year deal with Worldspan not terribly long before they were sold so they wont have any synergy there for a while. I don't know how much O* uses the GDS as they are directly connected to most of the major airlines through SupplierLink.


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