U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Travel
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 07-14-2012, 09:16 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
17,257 posts, read 19,555,335 times
Reputation: 13026

Advertisements

Or have you found better web sites for this purpose?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 07-16-2012, 12:10 PM
 
26,590 posts, read 54,607,588 times
Reputation: 13019
I book direct. Taht way when something goes wrong, you actually can get a person on the phone who is able to fix it as opposed to a third party who could care less.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-16-2012, 12:40 PM
 
3,161 posts, read 8,097,419 times
Reputation: 2385
Quote:
Originally Posted by annerk View Post
I book direct. Taht way when something goes wrong, you actually can get a person on the phone who is able to fix it as opposed to a third party who could care less.
Exactly. I use Kayak to get an idea of prices and flight times, then I book direct. It is usually the same price or cheaper AND I will have someone to deal with if something goes wrong. I have seen all too often the aftermath of travel plans going awry and there is no one on the other end of Kayak, Expedia, etc. who can help. Third party websites do not offer the same protection as booking direct. So not worth it.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-16-2012, 02:27 PM
 
Location: New Zealand
1,872 posts, read 5,789,291 times
Reputation: 5565
As far as I know, Kayak does not allow you make any flight bookings on their site. They simply show you the flights and prices, and then when you select a flight, it'll take you to the airline (or other travel) website directly to make the reservation.

For hotels you can book through Kayak or from the hotel (Kayak offers both links).
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-16-2012, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
5,188 posts, read 13,363,030 times
Reputation: 7369
I book EVERYTHING directly with the provider......air, hotels, cruises....whatever.

I'll use some of the websites to check things out, but I NEVER, EVER book thru a 3rd party!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-16-2012, 08:18 PM
 
2,600 posts, read 5,294,624 times
Reputation: 5194
I don't know about better. I use Expedia now. I have stopped using Travelocity since they started to add travel insurance by default to airplane tickets.

I do not believe there is a significant difference in price. Go for the user interface that works best for you.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-16-2012, 09:04 PM
 
Location: CHicago, United States
6,936 posts, read 7,262,559 times
Reputation: 3490
I've found Kayak to be amongst the worst sources to consult. Generally, I've rarely if ever found one of the online agents which offer fares which are better than I can purchase them from the airline itself.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-17-2012, 07:59 AM
 
Location: Greater NYC
2,907 posts, read 4,925,653 times
Reputation: 3872
I use Kayak to get initial info on fares. But I have alerts set up thru Airfare Watchdog for certain routes and most often buy tix from the airlines directly based on the sales listed on Watchdog. Watchdog has been a lifesaver.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-17-2012, 09:53 AM
 
1,608 posts, read 1,485,700 times
Reputation: 4573
I have never booked through Kayak. I use sites like that in the same way others here do - to get an idea of the general rates. I almost always book hotels through the hotel site. We just booked some flights through Priceline, but I think it is the first time we have done it that way. My hubs travels so much for work that he uses an agent. When schedules unexpectedly change he has someone here working for him who makes sure he can get where he needs to go.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-17-2012, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Denver
600 posts, read 890,847 times
Reputation: 692
Does Kayak include search results for Southwest? Because that's the airline I use most frequently - the only one that flies direct between New Orleans and Tampa. Southwest always used to be excluded from the big online travel sites.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Travel
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top