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1. Posted by GaineyW (First Time Poster 1 posts) 13y

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Hello All,

Who's the best for Online Travel Booking? There seems to be tons of sites, Travelocity.com, Expedia.com, LowAirlinePrices.com...the list goes on and on.

Please post your experiences with booking travel online.

Thanks in Advance,
Bill

2. Posted by StevieB (Full Member 16 posts) 13y

depends very much upon what your priorities are

price itinerary airline service et al

the art of online shopping is shopping
check at least 3 and preferably more booking engines

just about 90% of all airline flights are listed within one or more of four central reservation systems but only about 70% of all airfares

the remainder of flights are found in databases maintained by the airline itself (Southwest for example) or by a tech company under contract with that airline to distribute those flights within specified venues (Patheo)

the remainder of airfares are found in the databases maintained by individual travel brokers or ticket consolidators and may or may not be available to the general public

no single source will ever have all available flights nor all airfares so by whatever criteria used to set a value priority at any time no single source will ever have the best flight or price all the time

3. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 13y

Thanks StevieB,

Dead on the money I would say. I tend to travel up to Norway a fair bit and although it might not be the same sites which are big in Europe, shopping around is the only way I have managed to find the cheapest tickets everytime (I don't believe I have gotten a ticket the same way twice the last 5 times). Sometimes it is directly with the airlines, sometimes it is offline and sometimes it is through a discount site.....time is what you need; and some knowledge of how to search the web the quickest. Personally, that means only using google, but opinions differ here and I don't want to open that can of beans :)

Cheers, Sam

4. Posted by giambasi (Budding Member 7 posts) 12y

Hy!

Indeed there are many online booking sites.
along those you mentioned ther is also europehotelreservation.com.
It has very good services, it's easy to use and intuitive.

BYE!

[ Edit: Made link non clickable ]

5. Posted by volsfan (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12y

Has anyone ever flown on U.S. Airways to Europe? I got a cheap fare rate through a consolidator, but don't know whether I should chance it or not.

6. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 12y

Hi Volsfan,

I happen to have flown US Airways in the middle of January from NY to Amsterdam. They're ok, but nothing near special.... just A to B without covering the things that can make flying so much more enjoyable.

It was little things really; paying 5 bucks for headphones, only one movie on 7 hour flights, only coming by with coffee once, waiting too long between serving any drinks (this resulted in me drinking water from their water holders which in turn resulted in a stewardess coming to me saying I should never drink that water! - strange why they then call it drinking water...). Anyway, you get the picture.

The staff was ok, similar to KLM, Martinair but severely lacking when compared to the staff on Asian carriers.

If the difference isn't that big compared to other quotes, I would pick something else... if the money difference is big, well that goes a long way too doesn't it! :)

HTH, Sam

7. Posted by bluewaav (Inactive 627 posts) 12y

Volsfan,

A girl I talked to recently told me she got the cheapest tickets to Europe from the USA through British Airways. Maybe you should check it out and compare with the price of the US Airways ticket.

-Steph

8. Posted by farfromhom (Full Member 20 posts) 12y

hi all
look into travelzoo.com