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Where Do You Buy Your Airline Tickets?

Fri Oct 28, 2005 8:45 am

Hi,

I got to thinking, we all love a bargain airfare, so where do you buy your personal air tickets from, when I say personal I mean for leisure travel, not paid for employers etc.

Do you pay top dollar to travel agencies to arrange it for you; knowing that if it does go wrong; you can blame them or do you arrange it yourself through Airline websites, knowing that you can pre-book seats or even have internet check-in.

Or do you book flights through sites such as Travelocity and Orbitz, to name but two, knowing that you paid a cheap price, but. you won't qualify for any upgrade as you haven't even paid the full Y fare, ( I know it does happen on occasions that you get an upgrade on a cheap ticket, but, seldom, unless you can tell me different!).

Personally I prefer to book on the Airlines own website,as they can usually match the cheap tickets to within £30 or so, although I have been known to on occasion to book through cheap websites, without problems, YET.

Let me know your preferences.


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RE: Where Do You Buy Your Airline Tickets?

Fri Oct 28, 2005 10:04 am

All my more recent trips have been booked through the airline's website or with their telephone res agents. I have been known to darken the doors of both travelocity and orbitz too, though. I would rather get the lowest fare I can when traveling with the family since its near impossible to upgrade the bunch! I do enough business travel that I can apprecieate my upgrades when traveling for work.
 
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RE: Where Do You Buy Your Airline Tickets?

Fri Oct 28, 2005 11:46 am

I almost always use the airline's website because it is most convenient and you can make sure everything is as you would like it to be. Last week, however, I booked through the travel agent here on campus because I had a couple coupons for a flight. Ended up saving $100 (on a $240 flight ).

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RE: Where Do You Buy Your Airline Tickets?

Fri Oct 28, 2005 12:57 pm

Usually I use the Airline´s websites, but I also check other travel sites for prices.
Recently I´ve booked flights through both types of institutions (for various reasons).
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RE: Where Do You Buy Your Airline Tickets?

Fri Oct 28, 2005 9:46 pm

if u want to spend as little as possible, i advice u to book your flight with some agency who specialize on students fares. even if u are no student. but they got the lowest fares with all sorts of airlines and they offer u different options, especially on long distance flights.

with sta travel i have had excellent experiences so far. and they have agencies all over the world.

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RE: Where Do You Buy Your Airline Tickets?

Sat Oct 29, 2005 12:26 am

I try to book my flights through the reservation lines and get the ticket from a ticket agency.
But on my last flight - which was on a charter airline - I bought my ticket with my credit card on the phone through the reservation line of the airline and didn't buy a ticket because they send the PNR No. to your cell phone and you simply use that No. at the check-in instead of getting a ticket... Was a easy procedure but just for domestic flights of the airline...
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RE: Where Do You Buy Your Airline Tickets?

Sat Oct 29, 2005 2:54 am

I usually use travelocity.co.uk...

The only airline website I've used is BA.com... it was cheaper than travelocity, for some reason!
 
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RE: Where Do You Buy Your Airline Tickets?

Sat Oct 29, 2005 4:18 am

I use the airline websites because they usually have the cheapest prices. Sometimes Travelocity, Priceline, etc. have a cheaper price, but the flight times either suck or aren't disclosed. I'd rather pay a little more to be able to fly at 0800 rather than 0230.

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RE: Where Do You Buy Your Airline Tickets?

Sat Oct 29, 2005 5:09 am

Well, I tend to look for value first and foremost except, of course, when junketeering on company expenses.

That being the case, the best deals are almost certainly to be found on the internet and there is an amazing array of choice out there. Then it depends on where you're going and how you want to get there.

I have booked a few different trips lately and have used a number of different tactics to make sure I am getting the absolute best deal.

For a flight to Dublin in December (booking in August with plenty of notice), the obvious solution was an LCC and a ludicrously cheap ticket. You want to scoop something like that up when airlines like Ryanair are doing a sale.

Booking London-Geneva for March next year was interesting. We go in a group and usually like to travel together from LHR on a proper airline at convenient times. Solution was when Opodo were doing their mad Monday sales a month or so ago, with £20 off each ticket. There is a website which gives you cashback of 1% or up to £5 per flight when you book through Expedia, Opodo or Ebookers as well.

For any long distance a good surf through all the internet agents, the airlines, as well as flight-finder sites like Travel Jungle, is a must. Weekend travel supplements also give an excellent guide to what the best deals are. The best deals can turn up in any one of these ways and sometimes quite unexpectedly. I thought a bunch of flights at one price had gone altogether once the price increased on the BA site but Expedia still had them all on special offer.

I was booking internal flights in Mexico recently and the usual channels seemed very pricey. So I went to the individual airport websites to see who flew to and from each one and found that there were small LCC equivalents who obviously can't afford to market themselves very well (eg Aerolineas Azteca) who flew for a fraction of the price of the main carriers. Similarly in Chile, where I lived for a while, you could be emailed weekly specials from LanChile of internal flight deals that were otherwise buried in their website. Sometimes these deals will only be in the national language too.

You really have to look quite hard for business and first class deals. I have stumbled across two excellent sources of bargains for this: one being Austravel for flights to Oz/NZ and the other being a legendary thread on a similar website to this that explains how to fly from a European airport back to the Uk and then onwards for a huge discount from a direct fare.

As far as upgrades go, I used to get one virtually every time with a lowly BA Silver card even on the very cheapest (BA) ticket. This seemed to count for much more than the actual price paid.
 
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RE: Where Do You Buy Your Airline Tickets?

Sat Oct 29, 2005 7:09 am

I use http://www.sidestep.com which is a great website to compare fares!
 
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RE: Where Do You Buy Your Airline Tickets?

Sat Oct 29, 2005 7:58 am

I Have booked on the following sites:

http://www.easyjet.com
http://www.ryanair.com
http://www.britishairways.com
http://www.flybmi.com
http://www.expiedia.com
http://www.travelselect.com

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RE: Where Do You Buy Your Airline Tickets?

Sat Oct 29, 2005 12:27 pm

i prefer aa.com. it just makes life easier. plus an AA rep told me a work ill get cheaper deals on aa.com
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RE: Where Do You Buy Your Airline Tickets?

Sat Oct 29, 2005 8:06 pm

For domestic I use the airlines web site. For international I have been using the travel agent. I recently booked with the travel agent for an international flight which would have been a few dollars cheaper if I had done it online.

Future bookings are likely to be all done online.
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RE: Where Do You Buy Your Airline Tickets?

Sun Oct 30, 2005 12:04 am

I only use the airline website. I haven't called an agency for years as most of the time they quote the same fare that is on the website anyway. I like to have direct access to my booking too.

Also the agency have been given those awful flights you can't get to like "departing Sunday 05:55 and arriving London Sunday 23:55"

One of the worst sites to try and book with is Opodo. Lots of apparently cheap fares but the thing never lets you book them or they are sold out. Avoid it like the plague, I do.
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RE: Where Do You Buy Your Airline Tickets?

Sun Oct 30, 2005 6:18 am

Quoting Babybus (Reply 13):
Also the agency have been given those awful flights you can't get to like "departing Sunday 05:55 and arriving London Sunday 23:55"

That is the flight from hell, but, would you take it, if it meant saving $200 through Travelociy etc
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RE: Where Do You Buy Your Airline Tickets?

Sun Oct 30, 2005 11:14 am

New Zealand domestic - Air New Zealand web-site
International - Flight centre, or today I purchased my next NZ international flight from NZs WLG sales desk
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RE: Where Do You Buy Your Airline Tickets?

Sun Oct 30, 2005 11:39 am

I have used Travelocity in recent years, but also an airline's website, especially when direct sales (as I did one time with BA). Travelocity also features CO among the airlines on their websites, which is especially good as I prefer to fly out of EWR. Travelocity can also give you a good idea of market priceing, then go to an airline's website to see if they have a better deal directly.
 
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RE: Where Do You Buy Your Airline Tickets?

Mon Oct 31, 2005 12:23 am

Quoting Crox1 (Reply 14):
would you take it, if it meant saving $200 through Travelociy

The saving is never enough to cover the cost of a taxi home or at destination. It also puts your friends out if they have to get up at 03:00 to drop you off or wave you out the door.

The furthest I'd go to catch a plane is Stansted and that's like a million miles away.
and with that..cabin crew, seats for landing please.
 
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RE: Where Do You Buy Your Airline Tickets?

Mon Oct 31, 2005 2:20 am

I prefer to use the airline website, which I often do. However, I often find cheap intercontinental youth/student fares a travel agencies. They are cheaper than on the airline website, and they are usually flexible and partly refundable. They usually don't cost more, even though you choose to return from another airport. A feature that the airline websites doesn't seem to be very good at...
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RE: Where Do You Buy Your Airline Tickets?

Mon Oct 31, 2005 7:11 am

Quoting Junketeer (Reply 8):
a legendary thread on a similar website to this that explains how to fly from a European airport back to the Uk and then onwards for a huge discount from a direct fare.

Sounds interesting, what is this?
 
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RE: Where Do You Buy Your Airline Tickets?

Tue Nov 01, 2005 8:13 am

For me, I usually book either through Travelocity or go right to the airlines website. For most of my flights in Europe, I book on travelocity or easyJet's website. Otherwise, I use NWA.Com for the most part.
 
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RE: Where Do You Buy Your Airline Tickets?

Tue Nov 01, 2005 1:46 pm

i'll either call the airline or go through their website...i use all resources available to find the fare and i'll explore every option before i book.
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RE: Where Do You Buy Your Airline Tickets?

Wed Nov 09, 2005 5:06 pm

I'm curious what other members know about the options in Taiwan, but I have found that my full-service travel agent in Taiwan is consistenly cheaper than the airline websites and even online travel agents(with retail outlets, but just order takers, not travel agents.) here in Taiwan such as eztravel.

I get full points on my tickets, infinite ability to change the dates up to 24 hours before departure on any leg, all for free. On top of this, she knows me, and has lets me know options such as slightly different itineraries for significantly less money!

Overall, I find the prices from originating in Asia travelling to N. America tobe cheaper, and certainly more flexible, even if booking the same class of ticket on the same airline. Anyone else found this or am I delusional!?

(edited to remove website links I had included! oops!)

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RE: Where Do You Buy Your Airline Tickets?

Wed Nov 09, 2005 5:26 pm

I usually book via ebookers (the german site, not the dutch, which seems more expensive all the time, even on identical flights!) or just check some airlines website.
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RE: Where Do You Buy Your Airline Tickets?

Wed Nov 09, 2005 6:05 pm

First thing I'll do is check out expedia and such, but I'll never book through them. I'll find the fare I'm looking for and then call the airline and quote them it. 99% of the time they'll either match it or even beat it. I'll only book through the airlines because I hate getting the run around from them if you book through expedia and co. if there are any problems. I don't like using travel agents that much because I'll usually end up getting into an argument about things with them. Most recent example was when I wanted to rent a car in Germany back in April/May of this year. I wanted to pick up the car in DUS and drop it off 2 weeks later in FRA. The travel agent wanted to charge me a $200 drop off fee because of the two airports. I tried to explain to her that if you rent from most big car rental agents in Germany and you drop it off at a different location (as long as it is in the same counrty), there is no fee. Anyway, we argued for about half an hour until I called the agency in Germany with my mobile phone and asked. The travel agents face was redder than a tomato when she didn't get her $200 for a non-existent fee.

Anyway, if I book it myself and something goes wrong, I can't blame anyone else but myself and I learn for the next time.
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RE: Where Do You Buy Your Airline Tickets?

Thu Nov 10, 2005 3:41 am

I strongly recommend

www.sidestep.com (like Lisette said) and www.kayak.com

The last one has a very interesting and fun feature called Kayak Buzz. Give it a try.

Those websites are meta-searchers. They look for fares in hundreds of other sites (including the airlines own pages and others like Travelocity, Expedia, etc) and they have a VERY convenient column on the left to modify and/or narrow the terms of the search right on the results.

They also have detailed information about the flight (plane, miles, etc...)

Those two websites saved me hundreds of dollars and a lot of time when I was looking for the best prices and options.

Give them a try.

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RE: Where Do You Buy Your Airline Tickets?

Fri Nov 11, 2005 1:39 pm

I am always shopping around and never can make up my mind what flights, airlines, and routings I want to have. By then I have a good idea who offers what for what fare. In most cases I book online, either with the airline direct, or through sites such as expedia. I also make use of Flight Centre frequently, because they are really nice and friendly, and they do have the "lowest airfare guarantee", i.e. if I see a fare cheaper than what they offered me, I'll e-mail them and they match it...

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RE: Where Do You Buy Your Airline Tickets?

Fri Nov 11, 2005 3:27 pm

If your making a booking with BA, i advise if poss to make the booking on the internet. If you need to call and make it, there is a booking fee of £15, but sometimes its worth it just to make sure all is correct with the booking when its being made.

As for me, i have only booked 2 flts on the net, a FLYBE and (DEAR GOD) Ryanair flight. All my other bookings for flights so far this year have been provisionally made on the staff website, and then paid and collected for at the staff travel desk at work Smile
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RE: Where Do You Buy Your Airline Tickets?

Fri Nov 11, 2005 10:41 pm

Quoting Vasu (Reply 19):
Sounds interesting, what is this?

LIS-LHR-NRT, TIP-FRA-BKK, ATH-FRA-YVR, CAI-FRA-SIN etc.

Usually much cheaper than BA or LH F/C from FRA/LHR.

Similarly lots of people pick up their premium class tickets or RTWs in BKK or CMB.

I always use a travel agent, much better fares than from airlines directly here in BKK.
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RE: Where Do You Buy Your Airline Tickets?

Fri Nov 11, 2005 10:54 pm

My family usually calls the airline. We occasionally will book on Expedia for some flights. We never use a travel agent.
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RE: Where Do You Buy Your Airline Tickets?

Sun Nov 13, 2005 6:38 pm

At the Airport,Since its quite near my Home.
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RE: Where Do You Buy Your Airline Tickets?

Sun Nov 13, 2005 10:03 pm

I think the last x years I have bought all my tickets via Internet or via telephone directly with the airline. + some non-rev tickets directly at the airline ...

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RE: Where Do You Buy Your Airline Tickets?

Tue Nov 15, 2005 7:56 am

I've had too many problems with third-party websites (Travelocity, Priceline) that I never use them anymore. I do a search at Sidestep but once I find a couple of good fares/times I go directly to the airline's website, and usually get the same fare -$5 at airtran.com, delta.com, usairways.com, etc. The airline's own .com is less likely to "lose" your reservation than Travelocity, Orbitz, and the like.
 
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Fri Nov 18, 2005 1:01 pm

 
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RE: Where Do You Buy Your Airline Tickets?

Tue Nov 29, 2005 4:03 am

Considering who my employer is, I usually end up doing my bookings myself... on one of the CRSs I have available at my desk...  Wink

I usually compare what I can find on airline websites or online booking sites, but, with one or two exceptions, I've always been able to find better (and usually cheaper) flights that way.

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RE: Where Do You Buy Your Airline Tickets?

Tue Nov 29, 2005 7:29 am

I go to the Staff Travel web page, or TATS
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RE: Where Do You Buy Your Airline Tickets?

Wed Nov 30, 2005 12:20 am

Back in the day I used to use Expedia but now I almost always book exclusively through Travelocity (except for WN flights which I book through their website.) They've never done me wrong, and I've always been able to get the flight I wanted at the price I wanted. I've done comparisons between Travelocity and the airline websites and ticket price differences have never been more than $5-10. And, as I am a preferred Travelocity member, that fee gets waived for me anyway.

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