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Time to Panic? Aug 12th, 2002 06:50 PM

Plane Fares
How do you get the best deal on a plane ticket? I was looking at Expedia and I don't want to pay over 1600$ Canadian for a round trip ticket Edmonton to Amsterdam in November. Any advice is appreciated.

trythis Aug 12th, 2002 07:01 PM

Try checking out the seat sales to any US hub from Edmonton, then the seat sales from that hub to London (i.e. via Chicago, Seattle, Detroit, etc.).<BR><BR>Alternatively, try checking out Westjet or the seat sales to Vancouver, then a flight from Vancouver. Ditto for Toronto.<BR><BR>There are always better deals in bigger markets...

oh, thry this too Aug 12th, 2002 07:02 PM

Also place a call to Travel Cuts in Edmonton. They do sell well-priced tickets to non-students as well as to students.

StCirq Aug 12th, 2002 07:07 PM

I have no clue as to whether my consolidator can help you or not, but try them at 1-800-347-8787, extension 109 is my favorite agent, Louis Katz at 109. I usually get the best fares around with this company, although I've certainly never tried to book a fare from Canada to Amsterdam with them, so I have no idea what you can expect. Good luck!

Marilyn Aug 12th, 2002 10:22 PM

I usually check on line to get an idea of the going rates, but that's only the first step. <BR><BR>Get the Sunday travel section from the nearest large city newspaper and look for all those little ads for cheap tickets. Call about half a dozen of them. You will then have a pretty good idea of the cheapest ticket through a consolidator. I have found very little variation in the price from consolidators, but quite a bit of variation in the flight times available and routing/number of stops.<BR><BR>Of course, the best deal is the one that you just have to be lucky to find -- some special that's only available for 3 days or a promotion that happens to be where you want to go. If you can be opportunistic about when and where you go, you can probably get some great deals.<BR><BR>I have never used (where you bid on tickets) or (where you have to buy the ticket knowing the price and date, but not the airline or the departure time) but I think you could probably get a cheaper ticket if you were willing to play by their rules.<BR><BR>GOOD LUCK!!

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