Go Back  Fodor's Travel Talk Forums > Destinations > Asia
Reload this Page >

Purchase Airline Tickets For Trip Within China

Purchase Airline Tickets For Trip Within China

Jul 31st, 2010, 10:58 AM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 224
Purchase Airline Tickets For Trip Within China

Can anyone suggest source to purchase plane tickets for travel within China? Wish to purchase before arriving in China so we can firm up details prior to departing US. We can purchase from Air China on line but, thought we might get better price from a travel agency, perhaps even in Hong Kong. RKKWAN did suggest HK agent who never did respond to my e-mails.
MSheinberg is offline  
Jul 31st, 2010, 11:27 AM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 10
I'd been reading older posts and found a reputable site with lower fares than expedia and the original chinese airlines like Air China, China Southern and China Eastern.

CTrip.com (listed on NASDAQ..) has low fares. I'd booked multiple one way fares using their early bird specials since I too like a set itinerary and not wait a few days to hunt for discount tickets while I am on a trip in a foreign land.

They answered many of my questions via their CHAT service (has to be at night since the site is operated from China). I even booked airport pick up from them since the hotels quoted nearly double the price for a much smaller car. And I am hesitant to use taxi.

Take a look at the site and let me know. eLong is another site but I went with CTrip since I was able to chat to someone and things were confirmed with emails for my e-tickets.

Good luck and let me know which company you end up using. I am always looking for new travel sites with lower prices, better support, etc.
mashi_m is offline  
Jul 31st, 2010, 12:56 PM
  #3  
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 23,074
Just use ctrip.
rkkwan is offline  
Jul 31st, 2010, 01:48 PM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 1,778
Overall you're better off to buy your tickets as you go. Ctrip, eLong, and other similar China-based agents will often have tickets at similar prices, but sometimes not, and there can be problems with bait-and-switch, with using foreign credit cards (varies over time), and with refunds. The true lowest prices for tickets are not generally known until three weeks or so before flying, so if you do decide to book on-line, don't try too far in advance. Travel in China doesn't work this way, and most transport and accommodation services are only purchased shortly before they are actually needed, or at the time of need.

Peter N-H
PeterN_H is offline  
Aug 12th, 2010, 08:41 AM
  #5  
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 72
I used the Chinahighlights.com to buy tickets in advance without a problem. However, like the U.S. you should not buy too far in advance or to close. The best way to tell is to look at the cost for the date you want, and then play "what if" a month before, two months etc and compare. (I use the same method when buying tickets in the U.S.) You need to know that May 1 and October 1 are Chinese holiday weeks so travel would be more expensive. Or try kayak.com and look at the cost for each day on its calendar. Not sure if you can buy tickets for China. I used kayak.com to find a route back to NY when our flights were canceled from Cairo to NY and then went directly to the airline knowing the lowest price.
sandiej is offline  
Aug 12th, 2010, 09:44 AM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 446
We waited until we got to China and had our concierge book our flights but we found that if we had booked them the week before or 2 weeks before from home we would have paid less, only about 10 dollars but our real problem was that we had to stay one day longer in 2 places as the flights were booked for that day which caused us problems with hotel bookings and mucked up our itinerary. If we had to do it again I would book from home but only a week or 2 before.
Clark55 is offline  
Aug 12th, 2010, 04:23 PM
  #7  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 1,778
> We waited until we got to China and had our concierge book our flights but we found that if we had booked them the week before or 2 weeks before from home we would have paid less,

But probably only because you booked through the concierge, rather than doing the job yourself. While some upmarket hotels connect you with decent agents, others insist you have to pay up to four times what is actually possible.
PeterN_H is offline  
Aug 12th, 2010, 11:18 PM
  #8  
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 14
There are many trustworthy tour operators online, such as China Highlights, TCG, China Tours online, COT or TTC. You can search more comments from the trip adviors.
kimtonone is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
EdEdwards
Asia
6
Jul 9th, 2008 08:55 AM
suzanne97
Asia
9
Dec 29th, 2005 09:43 PM
LostinChina
Asia
5
Feb 16th, 2005 09:38 PM
onthego2
Asia
28
Sep 6th, 2004 08:24 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -

FODOR'S VIDEO

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 09:09 PM.