NWDC10
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Where Do You Purchase Your Airline Ticket?

Wed Jan 14, 2004 8:00 pm

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
 
TriStar500
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RE: Where Do You Purchase Your Airline Ticket?

Wed Jan 14, 2004 8:12 pm

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).




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RE: Where Do You Purchase Your Airline Ticket?

Wed Jan 14, 2004 8:17 pm

www.delta.com
www.aa.com

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Cessna172RG
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RE: Where Do You Purchase Your Airline Ticket?

Wed Jan 14, 2004 8:41 pm

First choice: Travel Agency

Second Choice: www.asaptickets.com
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FutureFO
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RE: Where Do You Purchase Your Airline Ticket?

Wed Jan 14, 2004 10:46 pm

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.



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PVD757
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RE: Where Do You Purchase Your Airline Ticket?

Wed Jan 14, 2004 11:07 pm

FutureFO does pretty much what I do, so put me in that catagory as well.
 
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RE: Where Do You Purchase Your Airline Ticket?

Wed Jan 14, 2004 11:09 pm

For Biz:

www.nwa.com

For Worldperks Awards I wind up calling

Compare New York Air, the Airline that works for your Business
 
goingboeing
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RE: Where Do You Purchase Your Airline Ticket?

Wed Jan 14, 2004 11:20 pm

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.
 
eham
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RE: Where Do You Purchase Your Airline Ticket?

Wed Jan 14, 2004 11:24 pm

I (almost) everytime book via the internet:

Booked online on these airlines:
*easyJet
*Ryanair
*Iberia
*Southwest
*Transavia
*MyTravelLite
*VLM
*BMi
 
ba757
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RE: Where Do You Purchase Your Airline Ticket?

Wed Jan 14, 2004 11:29 pm

BA.com - all you need!

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RE: Where Do You Purchase Your Airline Ticket?

Thu Jan 15, 2004 12:01 am

Studentuniverse.com
STAtravel.com

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


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leviticus
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RE: Where Do You Purchase Your Airline Ticket?

Thu Jan 15, 2004 12:55 am

I have three favorites:

scandinavian.net
travelocity.co.uk
lufthansa.com
 
AC345
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RE: Where Do You Purchase Your Airline Ticket?

Thu Jan 15, 2004 2:11 am

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.
 
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RE: Where Do You Purchase Your Airline Ticket?

Thu Jan 15, 2004 2:31 am

Airliners.net ...  Big thumbs up
 
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RE: Where Do You Purchase Your Airline Ticket?

Thu Jan 15, 2004 2:45 am

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.flybmi.com
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.
www.schiphol.nl
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Av8rDAL
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RE: Where Do You Purchase Your Airline Ticket?

Thu Jan 15, 2004 2:47 am

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.
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RE: Where Do You Purchase Your Airline Ticket?

Thu Jan 15, 2004 2:57 am

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
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RE: Where Do You Purchase Your Airline Ticket?

Thu Jan 15, 2004 2:58 am

continental.com
or
1-800-523-3273

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RE: Where Do You Purchase Your Airline Ticket?

Thu Jan 15, 2004 3:01 am

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
 
kilavoud
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RE: Where Do You Purchase Your Airline Ticket?

Thu Jan 15, 2004 3:14 am

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.
 
Adam T.
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RE: Where Do You Purchase Your Airline Ticket?

Thu Jan 15, 2004 3:18 am

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

I like orbitz.com the best!

Adam
 
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RE: Where Do You Purchase Your Airline Ticket?

Thu Jan 15, 2004 3:21 am

Mine is defintatly One Stop Air Travel!!!

http://www.onestopair.com
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RE: Where Do You Purchase Your Airline Ticket?

Thu Jan 15, 2004 4:12 am

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?
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RE: Where Do You Purchase Your Airline Ticket?

Thu Jan 15, 2004 4:16 am

I use www.voyagessncf.com for all my train and plane tickets, a really good service i think.
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RE: Where Do You Purchase Your Airline Ticket?

Thu Jan 15, 2004 4:46 am

Usually I book via following pages on the internet:

Airlines:

http://www.koreanair.eu.com
http://www.klm.de
http://www.alitalia.de
http://www.iberia.de
http://www.british-airways.de

Also check sometimes following online travel pages:

http://www.tbooker.de
http://www.mcflight.de
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azo
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RE: Where Do You Purchase Your Airline Ticket?

Thu Jan 15, 2004 5:35 am

http://www.nwa.com does me just fine, for both cash and Worldperks purchases.
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cadet93
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RE: Where Do You Purchase Your Airline Ticket?

Thu Jan 15, 2004 6:33 am

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 sometimes yield a little gem of a Deal, the time spent digging is usually not worth it. I Let a real person help me and if that means I have to shell out another 25 bucks, guess what, I have better things to do with time. When I have to go to Puerto Rico last minute, I can call Gilbert, and he usually can get me a fare that was the same as if I did at least 7 days advance if not more. So why would I want to help the airlines put someone out of business. The travel agents sell a product that I need and I will go to them for it. They were there before the web came along, and alot of the people they deal with at the airlines are the ones who can get a deal made for you. Not the Computer.
 
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RE: Where Do You Purchase Your Airline Ticket?

Thu Jan 15, 2004 6:43 am

www.sidestep.com - why not use the aggregator of travel aggregators?...it even searches southwest!
 
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Sidestep

Thu Jan 15, 2004 7:04 am

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 returning 1/19:

Travelocity - $170 RT
Sidestep - $149 RT

 
amhilde
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RE: Where Do You Purchase Your Airline Ticket?

Thu Jan 15, 2004 7:39 am

Sidestep I havent found to be helpful- I would recommend traveljungle.com ( they also have UK and Germany sites)
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