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katzen Jan 17th, 2006 06:44 AM

Is it possible - Reservations on-line???
Is it possible to search and even book on sites such as Orbitz, Expedia .. etc .. with my husband needing a R/T into and out of FRA and I would need an open jaw into FRA and out of CDG? I know we could book 2 sep. tickets, but then we take the chance of not sitting near one another which I guess we could live with .. but would be nice to sit next to him.

Has anyone done this before?


Robespierre Jan 17th, 2006 06:50 AM

I don't know about other carriers, but BA allows one to select (or change) seats any time up until departure. If the airline you settle on permits this, you could book the tickets separately, then choose adjacent seats from both reservations.

We like either two by the window where there only two seats, or two on the aisle in a four-seat row. And we put the person with shorter legs (Mme. Robespierre) on the aisle for ease of access by the big guy.

Intrepid1 Jan 17th, 2006 07:03 AM

I think when you use Expedia it asks for a seat "preference" and that is communicated to the airline with no guarantees.

What you might want to do is use the search engine to find flights and then go to the airline directly; you should be able to get the same flights and perhaps at even slightly lower prices since Expedia, for example, tacks on a service charge.

Shalott Jan 17th, 2006 08:21 AM

I agree to use Expedia or Orbitz for browsing,and then book directly with the airline. That makes you the airline's direct customer,not Expedia's, should any difficulties occur. It also sometimes gets you FF bonuses (for booking with the airline on line)
I've never found a fare on expedia that the airline wouldn't match
If you can't find a matching fare, or seating accommodations on line, call them. Live agents can often do more than the websites.

ms_go Jan 17th, 2006 08:32 AM

Two different itineraries usually means two different PNRs (passenger records), at least in my experience. You can try asking the airline to link the PNRs if they can, or at least to put a notation on each. And while you're asking for that, also ask to be seated together. I'm on a separate ticket/PNR from the rest of my family for a trip to France in June, but we have seat assignments together.

katzen Jan 17th, 2006 08:45 AM

Thank you for the great feedback!

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