jumbojet
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Does A European 'Orbitz' Web Site Exist?

Tue Apr 18, 2006 1:16 am

was just wondering about that because I want to book a one way ticket from DUS to BCN on May 14th and it would be much easier if there was an Orbitz style web site that would do all my searches at one time. Anyone have any ideas? I did a google search and came up with nothing, thanks
 
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RE: Does A European 'Orbitz' Web Site Exist?

Tue Apr 18, 2006 1:21 am

 
mrcomet
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RE: Does A European 'Orbitz' Web Site Exist?

Tue Apr 18, 2006 1:59 am

However, Opodo seems outrageously expensive.
You might try the LCC site:

http://www.attitudetravel.com/lowcostairlines/europe/#map
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RE: Does A European 'Orbitz' Web Site Exist?

Tue Apr 18, 2006 2:08 am

Quoting Jumbojet (Thread starter):
I want to book a one way ticket from DUS to BCN on May 14th

You can also check the Germanwings website, they are flying from Cologne (not far away from DUS), the current fare for a flight to BCN on May 14 is 50.00 EUR + 18.13 EUR tax.

I also checked Air Berlin from DUS but their fares are much higher on that day.

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RE: Does A European 'Orbitz' Web Site Exist?

Tue Apr 18, 2006 2:31 am

I use Opodo to tell me who is flying where but it is better for international travel. You have to also look at the LCC sites to get a better idea of flights. It's the same in the US...you have to look at Southwest, JetBlue or other sites depending on where you are going.

[Edited 2006-04-17 19:34:03]
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RE: Does A European 'Orbitz' Web Site Exist?

Tue Apr 18, 2006 2:36 am

Why not use Orbitz? I did a search for DUS-BCN on May 14th and it came up with Air Berlin for $61 ($80 after taxes) for the fare. Most US-based sites still have access to all the GDS fares, including international.
 
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RE: Does A European 'Orbitz' Web Site Exist?

Tue Apr 18, 2006 2:38 am

You can use Orbitz for flights out of Germany. Price will be displayed in US$, but as far as I know the fare should amount to the same.

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RE: Does A European 'Orbitz' Web Site Exist?

Tue Apr 18, 2006 3:16 am

The problem with Orbitz is that it can only be used with US and Canadian issued credit cards. As far as flights to BCN are concerned: they're pretty much unbeatable due to the competition between IB and VY: for very good fares, just check their websites. Plus there's a bunch of LCCs flying there, like HV, AB, 4U.
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RE: Does A European 'Orbitz' Web Site Exist?

Tue Apr 18, 2006 9:00 am

since when are you able to book tickets on orbitz when the travel doesnt involve USA destinations?
 
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RE: Does A European 'Orbitz' Web Site Exist?

Tue Apr 18, 2006 9:46 am

Quoting EHHO (Reply 7):
The problem with Orbitz is that it can only be used with US and Canadian issued credit cards.

Not true. I have used my German issued Master Card on Orbitz several times, including 1 month ago.

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RE: Does A European 'Orbitz' Web Site Exist?

Tue Apr 18, 2006 9:59 am

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 9):
have used my German issued Master Card on Orbitz several times, including 1 month ago.

Right, no problem, only the "billing address" counts, not the issuing country of the credit card.

Simply provide the address of a random hotel in New York (or anywhere else) in the booking script and there you go, worked everytime for me.

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RE: Does A European 'Orbitz' Web Site Exist?

Tue Apr 18, 2006 9:08 pm

Best website for LCCs in Europe is www.skyscanner.net.

It compares all fares across LCC routes and shows you which days are cheapest etc.

Great little site I use all the time!

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RE: Does A European 'Orbitz' Web Site Exist?

Tue Apr 18, 2006 10:12 pm

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 10):
Simply provide the address of a random hotel in New York (or anywhere else) in the booking script and there you go, worked everytime for me.

Ok, I'm learning, thanks for the correction. I thought that Orbitz has the same system as Expedia. When I tried using that one with my Dutch cedit card, it didn't allow for a foreign address: and when giving up local address in US it backfired saying "wrong address". Good to hear that the bargains are now accessible to us foreigners.
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RE: Does A European 'Orbitz' Web Site Exist?

Tue Apr 18, 2006 10:25 pm

When I was in Europe last year, I used www.expedia.fr to book my trip to Italy. I think computers may be smarter than we think though. I believe fares are cheaper if you actually wait until you go to Europe to purchase the tix. If you have an American "IP address", it is going to quote you a higher fare. I remember checking for my italian trip in the US, it was almost twice as expensive as purchasing in Europe. I don't know if it has to be a credit card issued in Europe though. If you have friends though, you can ask them to buy it for you and pay them back. There's always a way to bypass the system.
 
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RE: Does A European 'Orbitz' Web Site Exist?

Tue Apr 18, 2006 10:25 pm

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 3):
You can also check the Germanwings website, they are flying from Cologne (not far away from DUS), the current fare for a flight to BCN on May 14 is 50.00 EUR + 18.13 EUR tax.

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RE: Does A European 'Orbitz' Web Site Exist?

Tue Apr 18, 2006 10:34 pm

Try:


http://www.ebookers.com/

Orbitz mention it on their site for European trips.


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RE: Does A European 'Orbitz' Web Site Exist?

Tue Apr 18, 2006 10:54 pm

May I recommend using http://farechase.yahoo.com

It is a search engine for airline fares. You do not book at this Yahoo! website; it redirects you to the website where the airfare was found.

It includes fares from almost all the top airlines including LCCs, and also searches other travel websites like orbitz.com..fantastic tool.

I've used it successfully to find some good results.

BTW, here are the results for your search DUS-BCN on May 14th, one way. Cheapest is Air Berlin at $89.

http://re2.farechase.yahoo.com/fligh...eb6f38d786df35e5e7c-1&smode=flight
 
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RE: Does A European 'Orbitz' Web Site Exist?

Wed Apr 19, 2006 1:48 am

Quoting Jumbojet (Reply 8):
since when are you able to book tickets on orbitz when the travel doesnt involve USA destinations?

Since when have you not been able to? Why would you even be able to search for and price DUS-BCN if you could not purchase the ticket? I will probably be using Orbitz to book AKL-ZQN for this Summer.
 
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RE: Does A European 'Orbitz' Web Site Exist?

Wed Apr 19, 2006 4:33 am

www.sidestep.com is not bad, but again, it is a USD site, but sometimes, money talks.
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RE: Does A European 'Orbitz' Web Site Exist?

Wed Apr 19, 2006 4:35 am

www.traveljungle.co.uk or www.traveljungle.de are sites I find quite good (www.traveljungle.us also exists).

I got myself a cheap AC flight to Canada via that.
 
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RE: Does A European 'Orbitz' Web Site Exist?

Wed Apr 19, 2006 6:13 am

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 6):
You can use Orbitz for flights out of Germany. Price will be displayed in US$, but as far as I know the fare should amount to the same.

Wow! I just noticed that.. thanks for pointing that out! I've tried other European destinations before and never worked, but I guess Orbitz is different with Germany.

I was actually thinking of posing a simular thread, so this is very helpful. I've been searching for a one-way ticket FRA-TXL and just found an LH flight on Orbitz for $16! Why can't the US be like this?! (Note: $70US in taxes.. how lame is that..)
 
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RE: Does A European 'Orbitz' Web Site Exist?

Wed Apr 19, 2006 10:46 pm

at one time or another, you werent able to book travel outside the USA on orbitz.com

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