Cba From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 4530 posts, RR: 3 Posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1481 times:
Long story short, I've been fed up lately with a number of online booking sites that lack specific options. Is there a way that I can connect directly into the reservations system and book flights from there, just as a travel agent would? I could easily have the tickets booked in a fraction of the time...
Mohavewolfpup From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1465 times:
try going directly to the airlines website, that's as close as you can get I think. I tried using some online "get your fare lower here!" sites and left rolling my eyes. Ticket cost was double the amount I could get directly from the airline, so I never use them anymore. complete waste of time and money.
VgnAtl747 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1499 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1391 times:
The airline's website, as said above, is probably the best way... that's what I've always done- especially if you collect miles. A lot of the bulk rate tickets you find on those discount sites aren't mileage earning. That said you can buy a non-mileage earning class from the airline too but you're more likley to get one on a bulk rate site.
Iairallie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1355 times:
I second the sidestep.com referral. It checks all the other airlines websites for you, lists them in a user friendly format and doesn't charge any fees. It gives you a link to buy the ticket directly from the airline.
AirScoot From United States of America, joined May 2005, 688 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1330 times:
Quoting Cba (Thread starter): Is there a way that I can connect directly into the reservations system and book flights from there, just as a travel agent would? I could easily have the tickets booked in a fraction of the time...
To actually answer your question.. no.. not really - unless you want to spend the time and money to open your own agency. SABRE used to offer eAAsySABRE but that was eventually replaced by travelocity.
When it comes to something really complicated that includes multiple carriers you're still best going through an established travel provider such as a travel agency or wholesaler.
Cba From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 4530 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1217 times:
I was trying to book a LYS-IAH-LHR trip. My main two options were basically Air France via CDG both ways, BA via LHR/LGW, and KLM/CO via AMS. The prices quoted on the latter two were ridiculously high, so process of elimination takes me to Air France, which I don't mind, as I've never had a bad experience flying with them for as long as I can remember.
The Air France USA site would let me do a multiple destination itinerary, but would not let me choose an origin outside the US other than Paris, so no go there. The UK and France sites let me leave from LYS, but did not have an option for multiple destinations.
Travelocity, which usually I find to be a good site, let me pick that specific itinerary, but I had to tell it specifically to search Air France. Otherwise, it routed me through AMS on KLM and and gave me the same ridiculous fare from earlier, go figure. It also kept crashing on the purchase page so I could never actually buy the ticket.
After much swearing and impatience, I called the AF ticket office and just gave them the same itinerary I built on travelocity. It was actually cheaper than what travelocity listed by a few bucks.
Anyway, now I've got the entire thing hammered out. I've booked multiple destination travel before, and never had this much of a hassle.
The itinerary puts me on an A332, my first flight on an A330. Also get to ride on one of the new A318's to CDG from LYS.