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Airline Websites And Their Fares.

Thu Jun 07, 2007 10:09 am

hello all, I've recently booked a couple fares on airline websites, three to be exact. One on CO and the other two on UA. I purchased all of the tickets directly from their respective websites. I was wondering, Why the fares change so often on expedia/orbitz and other travel sites, but I haven't seen any fare changes in the past two weeks or so I've been looking on the airlines sites? I'm Also looking to book a trip on AA.com to cancun, those fares don't seem to change either. Is it just me or do airline websites have standard prices?
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RE: Airline Websites And Their Fares.

Thu Jun 07, 2007 10:20 am

I don't know really how airline websites work but I think the way expedia and their kind work is with them publishing fares the airlines give them on a bi-daily basis (I could be wrong, I'm working on my memory from an article in CondeNast Traveler). I've always found expedia.com to be the best site for great deals on airfare and I have never used an airline's website directly. The article mentioned above also said that there are certain times of day when the fares are published so they recoment to check precisely on those times of day (again, I don't remember the article to its fullest but I think the times were 11:00 and 23:00). I would really recommed you fly Frontier to CUN if you like the airline. They fly non-stop from DEN for great prices but it's only comfortable for us at the west coast.
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RE: Airline Websites And Their Fares.

Thu Jun 07, 2007 10:36 am

Airline websites have lowest fares, usually. They even promise it. So for whatever reason, orbitz and travelocity and such have price variations. It might just be so they can then say "the price has dropped" and send you an email?

Either way, the third party sites all charge a handling fee. I don't know why anyone would book through them unless there is a package with car and hotel, or you are combining multiple airlines. Just find the best price/route then visit that airline's site for the ticket. I've never not found the price (minus $5) doing it that way.
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