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How Was Your Experience With Orbitz, Expedia, Etc.

Mon Sep 27, 2004 4:17 am

Looking at a post called "The nerve of AA" in the Civil Aviation forum, I'm wondering how was your experience with the internet travel agencies like Orbitz, Expedia... You name it.
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RE: How Was Your Experience With Orbitz, Expedia,

Mon Sep 27, 2004 9:50 am

I've only used Travelocity once, but it worked very well. It was a trip on NW/CO to FLL, with a routing of EWR-DTW-FLL-EWR, on the ERJ/A320/753. The outbound flight to Detroit was cancelled a week before the flight, and Travelocity gladly reaccomodated my family on a nonstop to FLL at no extra charge, and a call to Continental ensured that everything had been done properly.

Not only did we pay $130 round trip per ticket, but Continental still gave us 100% OnePass miles and 100% Elite bonus miles.

A pleasant experience, indeed, though I do prefer to book through the airlines directly. Usually, a dirt cheap fare on Travelocity or Expedia or any site like that can be $5-6 cheaper through the airline directly, since budget sites charge a booking fee (they gotta make their money somehow!).

Still though, no qualms- its just not my first resort.

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RE: How Was Your Experience With Orbitz, Expedia,

Tue Sep 28, 2004 4:13 am

I've used Expedia twice; only because their listed fare at the time was significantly cheaper than what the airline listed even with the $5 booking fee. I have no problems or complaints to report.

Just keep in mind, that if one books through them, Orbitz, Travelocity, etc.; one may not be able to take advantage of using the airline carrier's on-line check-in system. There are exceptions. I was able to do an on-line check-in using F9's website last month even though I booked the tickets through Expedia. In that area, it's till a hit or miss.
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RE: How Was Your Experience With Orbitz, Expedia,

Tue Sep 28, 2004 8:45 am

Used Expedia once, had no problems with them, most of the time though I use Travelselect/Last Minute.com, it saves a lot of time searching for flights. I always like to compare the airline's price before I actually hand over my money, just in case.

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RE: How Was Your Experience With Orbitz, Expedia,

Tue Sep 28, 2004 9:23 am

I use yahoo travel to first investigate -- then book direct on the appropriate airline
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RE: How Was Your Experience With Orbitz, Expedia,

Tue Sep 28, 2004 10:44 am

I've never used a third party on-line service other than to book hotels. For flights, I always go with the airlines direct. I find it less of a hassle to deal with an airline employee in the event of dispute. The closest distance betwen two points is a straight line so I find a third party vendor only to get in the way of things.

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RE: How Was Your Experience With Orbitz, Expedia,

Fri Oct 01, 2004 10:17 am

I use NWA.com and Orbitz (which also powers nwa.com) and haven't had a problem. 18 Months ago, I had booked a BOS-SJC non-stop on AA through Orbitz. I got an e-mail euphemistically titled "A Change in your travel plans." from Orbitz. I had needed the original times so I called AA and they gave me a refund. Orbitz doesn't, but I rebooked on NWA within $9 or the original AA advance purchase fare.
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RE: How Was Your Experience With Orbitz, Expedia,

Fri Oct 01, 2004 12:53 pm

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-SEA-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-LHR-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 as well.
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.
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RE: How Was Your Experience With Orbitz, Expedia,

Sat Oct 02, 2004 8:54 pm

I have used cheaptickets.com and travelocity, and both have worked out great, with no hassles and e-ticket services from the airlines, which really beats anything else and not having to account for a paper-copy.
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RE: How Was Your Experience With Orbitz, Expedia,

Sun Oct 03, 2004 6:24 am

We used Expedia to get from LGW to LPA via MAD on UX in 2002. It was around £530 for four people and they were very efficent and reliable. But schedules for particular airlines dont show up sometimes.
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RE: How Was Your Experience With Orbitz, Expedia,

Tue Oct 05, 2004 8:34 pm

I have used Expedia for nearly all my holidays in the last few years. They've even sent me "thank you" loyalty metal luggage tags and other freebies! This has amounted to around 30 man-flights (some for my family), numerous hotels, and a couple of car hires. Everything has gone smoothly every time.

I've also used Travelocity, not nearly so much. One hotel did not initially accept my reservation when I turned up, but I highly suspect that was the (dodgy) hotel's fault rather than Travelocity's. I love their "find best fares between X and Y months".

One huge advantage I've found with booking everything on one agency, like Expedia, is when you lose your itenary (whoops). I did so once, found an Internet cafe, logged on, and printed the itinerary within seconds. Well worth the low £10 commission they charge on flights.

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RE: How Was Your Experience With Orbitz, Expedia,

Wed Oct 06, 2004 6:59 pm

I've booked on Travelocity.co.uk and Expedia.co.uk - they were both very efficient. I find Travelocity is easier to navigate.
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RE: How Was Your Experience With Orbitz, Expedia,

Tue Oct 12, 2004 8:07 am

I have used Expedia twice now - both Flight and hotel combos. Once LHR to Barcelona and then LHR to JFK. Very easy to use site and very competitive in the price dept. I have also used www.priceline.co.uk once to book a hotel (again in New York) and it worked out great - bit more risky though as you can't choose the hotel. Worth a try mind!
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RE: How Was Your Experience With Orbitz, Expedia,

Tue Oct 12, 2004 10:54 pm

I've used Travelocity (US and UK versions), Expedia (US, UK and FR versions), Opodo.fr and Orbitz to book tickets, and all are pretty good. It is ALWAYS a good idea to phone the airline themselves to get the booking reference once you've booked via a website (just to be sure they have the booking, and its much easier to request seat assignments with the airline direct as well)

The point about checking for better fares on the airline website is a valid one - can't hurt to look.
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RE: How Was Your Experience With Orbitz, Expedia,

Wed Oct 13, 2004 12:46 pm

I've used Travelocity once. Total disaster. I've told this story before on here, but basically they charged my credit card and mailed me bogus paper tickets not worth the dead trees they were printed on. Never actually booked the flights with the airline. Never again.

I have used Priceline to book hotels. I got okay deals, not great. One hotel was nice, the other was a dump, but they aren't as cheap as they claim to be. At the time their claim was "40% lower than others' advertised rates" but my total savings amounted to about $4. I have since joined one of those "reward" programs with a hotel chain and get better discounts using that, plus the occasional free night.

I will use cheaptickets and sidestep to research a flight and then go directly to the airline's website to book. I just feel better dealing directly with an airline so there are no surprises at 4am when I check in.

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