cba
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Airline Reservations

Mon Oct 30, 2006 2:57 pm

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
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RE: Airline Reservations

Mon Oct 30, 2006 4:19 pm

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.
 
joffie
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RE: Airline Reservations

Mon Oct 30, 2006 7:32 pm

Quoting Mohavewolfpup (Reply 1):
get your fare lower here

haha

those useless ones that charge a $20 booking fee.

As said, just use the airline website. You will not find any cheaper.

Also, if possible use direct debit to avoid paying the $2 bank fees.
 
mk777
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RE: Airline Reservations

Tue Oct 31, 2006 1:38 am

try sidestep.com, it checks all websites and gives you the lowest rates, atleast thats what I think.
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VgnAtl747
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RE: Airline Reservations

Tue Oct 31, 2006 2:12 am

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.
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dz09
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RE: Airline Reservations

Tue Oct 31, 2006 2:16 am

I still do most of my bookings with the airlines directly and with Expedia. I also use Farechaser on Yahoo for information only to give me an idea on which airline is offering the lowest fare.
 
iairallie
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RE: Airline Reservations

Tue Oct 31, 2006 2:43 am

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.
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MEACEDAR
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RE: Airline Reservations

Tue Oct 31, 2006 3:02 am

I book my domestic travel from Expedia or if you have American Express travel rewards, they sometimes offer really nice deals. For international I use my travel agent.
 
AirScoot
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RE: Airline Reservations

Tue Oct 31, 2006 3:07 am

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.  Smile 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.
 
rw717
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RE: Airline Reservations

Tue Oct 31, 2006 11:10 am

As a former c.s. and res. agent, I would love to be able to have a website where I could just type in the Sabre or Worldspan entries to get the info I want.

Try Kayak.com, it searches multiple sources for fares as well.
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pilotfox
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RE: Airline Reservations

Tue Oct 31, 2006 11:24 am

I would watch out for sidestep its spyware. Check it out for yourself on google.
 
MEACEDAR
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RE: Airline Reservations

Tue Oct 31, 2006 11:35 am

Quoting Pilotfox (Reply 10):
would watch out for sidestep its spyware

Oh damn! I just used this website to buy tickets from MCO-JFK. Ahh well, lets call Chase Visa to cancel the credit card! LOL
 
bond007
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RE: Airline Reservations

Tue Oct 31, 2006 11:44 am

Quoting Cba (Thread starter):
I could easily have the tickets booked in a fraction of the time...

Most probably not!

Sites like Expedia are just as good I have found...having a little experience with some of the direct booking systems (Amadeus/Sabre).

I say use Expedia or Yahoo to find the flights, then the airline's website to book it.

or try...

http://www.amadeus.net/home/index.htm

Remember also, that not all airlines use the same GDS. i.e. some airlines use one, some another.



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cba
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RE: Airline Reservations

Tue Oct 31, 2006 12:13 pm

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.

Departure:
1. LYS-CDG
2. CDG-IAH

Return:
1. IAH-CDG
2. CDG-LHR

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.

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