I had an interesting experience recently - and I am curious how many of us out here are known to be computer savvy with airline websites...
Last week, a fellow teacher came to talk to me. She will be going to Kauai for one week in June, staying in someone's time-share condo. She needed four round-trip tickets from San Diego to Lihue, with a side-trip to Honolulu, if the airfare wouldn't be too much.
She had absolutely no idea what to do.
She came to me to help her because word was out that I had helped another teacher out with her trip to Greece. More on that later.
I searched schedules and fares, and printed out possible itineraries for her. When I explained them to her, I asked her first if they could handle an overnight flight from Honolulu to California. When she replied, "yes" eagerly, I then told her my first choice would be United, because they have overnight flights back, giving them almost an extra entire day on Oahu for the same price.
After consultation with her group, I purchased the itinerary for her. She watched the entire process and was just amazed at how easy I made it look.
The other teacher flies to Greece often, and last summer I downloaded her the itineraries for Delta SAN-ATH. I kept her informed of the ATL-ATH non-stop, and thanks to it, she decided to go back again this year. This teacher is also the one who informed me that NO one in Greece willingly flies Olympic - Aegean is ALWAYS the better choice.
How often do other a.netter's do this little bit of "magic" for other people? And how much of your personal preferences do you throw in for good measure?