In recent years, I have used Travelocity either to purchase a ticket or to use for pricing, airline and service options. In August, I got a EWR
flight (3 weeks ahead of flight out on 8/29, return on 9/10) for $301 R/t including the $5 booking fee. When looked up flights for dates wanted to go, by time, had many choices, all close to the same price, but CO
had the most non-stops. Ended up on a 757-200 to SEA
(a/c continued to Anchorage, AK
) and a 737-800 on my return flight. Able to choose my seat both ways at booking.
Your experience with each of these companies depending on where you live and preferred airlines handled by each service. You should always check the airline's own sites too to check pricing, sometimes the direct price can be better, espeicially with sales. This happened to me when booking a flight EWR
in April 2002, found BA
website sale price best deal with my preferences, although I couldn't get AA
Aadvantage miles due to same flight covered by AA
I would like to note that Orbitz is being bought out by Cendent, a major owner of chain motels, Avis car rental, Century 21 real estate, other companies.