Bidding on airline tickets

Jan 23rd, 2000, 08:56 AM
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bill
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Bidding on airline tickets

I was wondering if anyone has ever used You Price It.com and if their experience was good or bad. Also info any other airline bidding services. I have used priceline.com once and it worked out fine.
thanks for an input.
 
Jan 24th, 2000, 12:08 PM
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Good question, Bill.
The one thing I'm not terribly keen on is that you can't stipulate the time of day (within a 4 hr. range for instance)- you can only offer a day and then have to take whatever they give (if they do accept your bid). In addition to Priceline, I've noticed that Microsoft Expedia also has a similar scenario in which you can 'name your price'. Who else has any first hand experiences with buying tickets this way?
 
Jan 24th, 2000, 06:34 PM
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I paid 350.00 for 2 r/t tickets from lexington, ky to miami on priceline.com. "Bout half what the airline quoted as therir lowest fair

Steve
 
Jan 25th, 2000, 05:49 AM
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My wife recently got tickets for us from Chicago to Frankfurt Germany this coming July. She bid $270 (It was her 3rd or 4th bid raising in $10 increments) and it was accepted. With tax and all our tickets came out to be $337 each. So be careful that you dont overbid because of taxes, dont be afraid to start you be unreasonably low. We were also flexible with times but not dates so that helped. And one other thing that possibly helped our cause, we specified up to two changeovers (they only gave us one) We are young and have not travelled very much so the more airports we get to travel through the better! Never thought youd here that did you!
 
Jan 25th, 2000, 06:33 AM
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Jeff,

I think this is the first actual factual report (on this board) of a transatlantic ticket purchased.

Sounds like an awfully good price for July.

Can you give us more detail? From which of the auction websites did you (she) purchase? What did you specify (as far as dates and times) and what did you (she) get? Which airlines?

I have heard plenty of success stories on priceline.com for domestic - - but yours is the first report of transatlantic tickets purchased I've read here.

Rex
 
Jan 25th, 2000, 07:15 AM
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Thanks for the info about international bidding. I just did my first Priceline bid for a trip to Syracuse to visit my parents. I'd dawdled to the point the lowest published airfare was outrageous, so I bid and succeeded. I liked the chnaceto make choices concerning what you would accept. In retrospect I should have started lower. I didn't realize that the bid didn't include the taxes. Learned that for next time!
 
Jan 25th, 2000, 08:26 AM
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Anne
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Hi

I just used Priceline for the first time. I bid $300 each for 2 tickets from Newark to Glasgow, Scotland. Within an hour, my bid was accepted. This was on New Year's Eve (a Friday) the tickets arrived at my house the following Monday morning. The taxes added another $98 each, but when I checked out the same flight using Expedia -- the lowest price was $850 each. We are going in the middle of July -- the week of the British Open.

So far -- I've been quite pleased.

Anne
 

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