method of obtaining best air fare

Apr 7th, 2007, 07:17 AM
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Apr 7th, 2007, 07:36 AM
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We used a travel agent and she saved us $200 on each ticket (4 people going). I looked many times and continue to look but still haven't found a better rate than the one she got.
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Apr 7th, 2007, 07:38 AM
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Sorry, hit the post button too quickly. I searched Travelocity, Orbitz, etc. I agree that the airline sites tend to pricier than the other sites. Kathie
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Apr 7th, 2007, 07:47 AM
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When attempting to use airline miles for a ticket, call the airline directly rather than use the internet. I got a roundtrip from Austin to Glasgow from the friendly folks at American who routed me through Dublin where I connect with Aer Lingus on to Scotland. This for 60,000 points.
This itinerary did not even show on their internet site. Instead they offered roundtrip Austin/Glasgow for 100,000 points! A friend also had the same experience.

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Apr 7th, 2007, 08:49 AM
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Prices can vary between calling an airline and using its website. I check both of those in addition to the sites listed above. I never get the best rate on one specific method, which is what makes this all so time-consuming.

I live near Harrisburg, PA. That is always the worst airport pricewise to fly out of, despite the claims that the new airport has brought prices down. We are always willing to drive to Baltimore, Washington, Philadelphia, or perhaps Newark if the price is waaay lower. It takes a long time to check all the sites for all those airports, but I have found good deals by being flexible.
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Apr 7th, 2007, 02:26 PM
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sometimes: if one has to drive 3 hrs or more for a good price on a flight..you can factor in the price of an airport hotel the night before and still come out ahead....
This is certainly worth it, for the worry of driving more than 1-2 hours.

Time of year plays such a big part, so if one is flexible often one can "fish around" with the rep for a good fare...(OR trying different dates on the internet)
The idea of 2 separate flights (one to NY, another on overseas) is a good one farewise (sometimes),,,but you also have to consider that your luggage would not be checked through, and/or if you would be arriving and leaving from the same airport.

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