carmenlu15
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Where Do You Book Your Flights?

Sat Jun 04, 2005 3:02 am

When you need to book a flight, where do you usually purchase the ticket? Could it be...

A travel agent
The airline's ticket office
Over the phone (airline's res center)
A travel website (such as Travelocity)
The airline's own website

Is your choice based in price, convenience, service...?

(As for me, I never purchased a ticket. I used to sell them  Wink )
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WA727
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RE: Where Do You Book Your Flights?

Sat Jun 04, 2005 3:21 am

Directly through the airline's website. On rare exceptions, I'll use a third party booking agent like Travelocity, but that's only if it's under two weeks in advance.
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ACdreamliner
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RE: Where Do You Book Your Flights?

Sat Jun 04, 2005 3:22 am

i normally use the website for low-cost, and Expedia for Long Haul
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Fly747
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RE: Where Do You Book Your Flights?

Sat Jun 04, 2005 3:55 am

I most often use my travel agent as I have never been able to get a better fare through on-line services for the same flight.

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VirginAbby
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RE: Where Do You Book Your Flights?

Sat Jun 04, 2005 4:23 am

The airline's own website  Smile
 
PlymSpotter
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RE: Where Do You Book Your Flights?

Sat Jun 04, 2005 4:31 am

Whichever is cheaper, once I know the flights I want to be on I'll check prices on several websites and also direct with the airline. Last time I did this it saved me over £100 per ticket and that was just for an inter European flight!

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captaink
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RE: Where Do You Book Your Flights?

Sat Jun 04, 2005 4:47 am

The cheapest option. Usually for me that is the airline's website.

www.aa.com
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www.usairways.com
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Leskova
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RE: Where Do You Book Your Flights?

Sat Jun 04, 2005 5:22 am

Depends on the airline - sometimes I'll book my flights in Sabre, sometimes I'll book them in Amadeus, occasionally I've booked my flights in Galileo or Worldspan... Big grin

Haven't booked anything through an airline-website or things like Expedia - at best, they matched the fares that I found for myself, but usually they're more expensive... and I simply prefer having the complete control over the PNRs of my own flights.

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Sabena332
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RE: Where Do You Book Your Flights?

Sat Jun 04, 2005 5:37 am

Quoting Leskova (Reply 7):
Depends on the airline - sometimes I'll book my flights in Sabre, sometimes I'll book them in Amadeus, occasionally I've booked my flights in Galileo or Worldspan...

Ah, the advantages of being a travel agent.  bigthumbsup 

For me: Usually I search on several travel websites as well as on several airline websites for the cheapest fare, then I book via the cheapest website.

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ACdreamliner
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RE: Where Do You Book Your Flights?

Sat Jun 04, 2005 5:39 am

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 5):
PlymSpotter From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 510 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted Fri Jun 3 2005 21:31:21 UTC+2 and read 18 times:


Whichever is cheaper, once I know the flights I want to be on I'll check prices on several websites and also direct with the airline. Last time I did this it saved me over £100 per ticket and that was just for an inter European flight!

Dan

ditto
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UAalltheway
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RE: Where Do You Book Your Flights?

Sat Jun 04, 2005 6:37 am

I just booked a ticket on Orbitz about 2 minutes ago from JAX to JFK and back. I've always used Orbitz. Often times they have cheaper prices than the airline themselves.
 
icarus75
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RE: Where Do You Book Your Flights?

Wed Jun 08, 2005 6:03 pm

In the past, I was using a travel agent all the time.
For two years now, I only use a travel website or the airline's own website.
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Barcode
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RE: Where Do You Book Your Flights?

Wed Jun 08, 2005 6:10 pm

Usually the airline's own website: I don't think there is a huge difference in price between the BA site, and say Traveljungle.co.uk .
 
JGPH1A
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RE: Where Do You Book Your Flights?

Wed Jun 08, 2005 7:30 pm

For LCC's, their own websites obviously.

For anything else Opodo for preference (they book via Amadeus so I have full access to my PNR for adding FQTV, seat requests etc), but if the fare is lower, I use expedia.fr. I do a low fare search on 1A first, to see what possibilities exist, then I look around at who can price them the lowest for me.

For US domestic I always check out Orbitz, just in case, but they aren't so very fabulous these days - I can usually get what I want cheaper on Opodo or expedia, or the airline's own website.

Quoting Leskova (Reply 7):
and I simply prefer having the complete control over the PNRs of my own flights.

Very true ! I can book via 1A but I can't issue the tickets, so if Opodo can't find the same low fare that I manage, I have to get the friendly neighbourhood travel to ticket the booking - they usually don't mind though.
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VS747SPUR
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RE: Where Do You Book Your Flights?

Wed Jun 08, 2005 9:27 pm

I never book through the airlines website, always seems to be alot more expensive (e.g. VS). ebookers, opodo and expedia all seem to be cheaper.

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jetblueatjfk
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RE: Where Do You Book Your Flights?

Thu Jun 09, 2005 4:26 am

I have booked on the airline's website for shorter trips but for my trip to London I used Orbitz. But I mostly fly shorter routes so I normally go to the airlines website. I also check the flight on Orbitz to see the aircraft type.

http://www.jetblue.com

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RE: Where Do You Book Your Flights?

Thu Jun 09, 2005 6:21 am

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ozvirginuk
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RE: Where Do You Book Your Flights?

Fri Jun 10, 2005 5:40 am

Before working for an airline, I used to book directly through UA's call centre (the one in Ireland where NO-ONE speaks a work of fluent English!) because I am Mileage Plus Premier Executive member, and they could do my mileage bookings and stuff. I have also, in the past been a fan of www.expedia.co.uk as they offer good fares (usually)

Now that I work for an airline, I book through staff travel to use my concessions.

Oz
 
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RE: Where Do You Book Your Flights?

Fri Jun 10, 2005 7:29 am

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freedomtofly
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RE: Where Do You Book Your Flights?

Fri Jun 10, 2005 10:49 am

I love expedia.com now, but a year or two ago I used travelocity.com. On some occasions I will use the airline's website, usually I book UA flights on united.com.

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vatveng
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RE: Where Do You Book Your Flights?

Fri Jun 10, 2005 10:58 am

The last time I used Travelocity, it was an outright disaster. Thanks to them, I use the travel websites (expedia, cheaptickets, orbitz) as search engines only, then go to the airline's website and book it there, so I know that the flight is ACTUALLY booked and I don't end up with bogus tickets.
 
AirWillie6475
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RE: Where Do You Book Your Flights?

Fri Jun 10, 2005 3:12 pm

We use the website of the airlines. Since I know something about airlines, I usually look for tickets for my family. I never use orbitz and others.
 
JGPH1A
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RE: Where Do You Book Your Flights?

Fri Jun 10, 2005 4:25 pm

Quoting Vatveng (Reply 20):
so I know that the flight is ACTUALLY booked and I don't end up with bogus tickets.

Good point. ALWAYS phone the airline to check they ACTUALLY HAVE your booking and get a record locator from them. The website/GDS record locator is in most cases worse than useless.
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carmenlu15
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RE: Where Do You Book Your Flights?

Fri Jun 10, 2005 11:36 pm

Quoting WA727 (Reply 1):
the airline's website



Quoting WA727 (Reply 1):
the website



Quoting VirginAbby (Reply 4):
The airline's own website



Quoting Captaink (Reply 6):
the airline's website.

I'm starting to see a trend here...  scratchchin 

One of our instructors used to say that the airline's most profitable agent was IBE - the internet booking engine. It could work 24/7, and wouldn't take long coffee breaks, call in sick, or ask for a raise. Of course, we proved him wrong when the website went kaputt for the Christmas special offers and all sales went to the call center...  Wink

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freedom4all
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RE: Where Do You Book Your Flights?

Sat Jun 11, 2005 1:44 am

I've found just doing it over the internet is the fastest and easiest way to do it
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PITA333
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RE: Where Do You Book Your Flights?

Sat Jun 11, 2005 2:04 am

I do it direct over the airline's web site .
 
bluejackets
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RE: Where Do You Book Your Flights?

Sat Jun 11, 2005 2:40 am

I usually compare the airline's website with Orbitz.com. Most of the time, you can find the lowest fares for each airline on specific route on Orbitz, but then you can take off another $5-$15 or more if you check the airline's website on the same route. This is due mostly to the service fees Orbitz charges.
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hawk44
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RE: Where Do You Book Your Flights?

Sat Jun 11, 2005 11:35 am

It depends if I plan on going on B6 I do it on their website. If I plan on going on another carrier I usually will check the prices on orbitz.

Hawk44
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Cactus739
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RE: Where Do You Book Your Flights?

Mon Jun 13, 2005 4:24 am

I do it directly through the airlines websites.
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BigGSFO
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RE: Where Do You Book Your Flights?

Mon Jun 13, 2005 6:13 am

For work related travel, my company's corporate travel website. For personal, the airline's website.
 
IslipWN
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RE: Where Do You Book Your Flights?

Tue Jun 14, 2005 2:14 am

Travel Agent when I fly international and the airline's website when I fly domestically.


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