booking flights

Old Aug 3rd, 2005, 11:57 AM
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booking flights

Is it better to call the Airline directly or do you all use orbitz or expedia etc... to make reservations
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Old Aug 3rd, 2005, 12:22 PM
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I do everything online including check-in directly w/the airline. I only use Orbitz, Expedia, etc. to find the best flights for me.
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Old Aug 3rd, 2005, 12:28 PM
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itasoftware.com will give you a great list of all flights and costs for any destination - you can't book from this site, but cet the big picture of flights.
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Old Aug 3rd, 2005, 01:41 PM
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I start with Orbitz to see which airlines have convenient schedule, then go to the airline website, sign up for frequent flyer miles and book the flight.
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Old Aug 3rd, 2005, 05:12 PM
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I do everything. I first use Orbitz or Expedia to scope out which airline is the cheapest. Then I go directly to the airline's site to see the price without the service charge a lot of travel agencies have and also to get the 1000 miles for booking online. If I don't find what I want, then I call the airline, but I haven't called any airline for a while. Sometimes it could be cheaper via the phone, but mostly on the web it's cheapest.
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Old Aug 10th, 2005, 07:52 AM
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This is true the prices go down on Wednesdays!

I checked Orbitz to see which airline has non-stop flight San Francisco - Palm Springs, checked also Southwest and Jet Blue, found out the only flight I can take is once-a-day Alaskan and diligently checked the prices. Daily.

My patience has paid off. This morning I booked us 2 window seats for about $80 less then it would be yesterday, and only 1,5 months before the flight.

I can fly without the airplane right now (no, I don't have a broom!)
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Old Aug 10th, 2005, 08:15 AM
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Most airlines will charge a nominal fee ($5-10) if you book through phone reservation desk. On line, on the airline's web site, seems to be the cheapest way.
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Old May 23rd, 2006, 03:45 PM
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What about if you are flying to one destination and back from another on a different airline? Is it still a better idea to book with the two airlines directly after researching the flight options?
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Old May 23rd, 2006, 08:28 PM
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jag1jag1 - Often (but not necessarily always), the only way to book an itinerary like you describe is via an agent. Maybe Orbitz, maybe an old-fashioned agent. You may need to pay some service fees, but if you can't book them directly through the airline to get those fares, you have no choice.
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Old May 23rd, 2006, 09:19 PM
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Well, nonstop one way fares on each of the airlines (American and Air Canada) seem to add up to be the same as the multi-city round-trip on Orbitz.
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Old May 23rd, 2006, 10:30 PM
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If those are the flights you want and the fares acceptable, then book directly with the airlines.
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Old May 24th, 2006, 07:40 AM
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I still recommend www.sidestep.com. Find out the cheapest airline and then go to the airline website to book it.

I recently saved a friend $200. He wanted to fly from PBI to OAK. Using a two-stop instead of a one-stop, he saved $200 and now has a beautiful flight up the California coast from Orange County to OAK.
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