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Old 08-01-2014, 12:46 PM
 
Location: All over
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Hi all,

What travel company / website do you use when searching for a family vacation in the US? Looking for an all-included package style vacation.
For YEARS, we have used our AAA travel agency. They have been very helpful in finding us the best itineraries at the best price(s).
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Old 08-01-2014, 01:09 PM
 
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For YEARS, we have used our AAA travel agency. They have been very helpful in finding us the best itineraries at the best price(s).
My AAA TA friend has never been able to find better pricing than I do on my own. On top of that, they charge for booking plane tickets--and own the booking--can be disastrous when there are ir ops.
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Old 08-01-2014, 01:41 PM
 
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Lonely Planet guidebook and the net. All me baby.
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Old 08-01-2014, 02:01 PM
 
Location: West Madison^WMHT
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For work travel, my company uses a travel agency. The agency adds an extra $32 to every booking, and very little value.

I don't use any one source when planning, and then book flights and rooms with the hotel chain and airline directly unless I can get a better deal elsewhere (e.g. when using credit card points). The only time I've ever used a travel agency is for cross-country and international flights; they have better resources and more experience in finding and using flight upgrades.
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Old 08-01-2014, 07:06 PM
 
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My parents swear by expedia, even though they have had issues with bookings not getting passed along to airlines and car rental companies. I guess I just prefer to directly with an airline and a car company. Feel better about it that way.
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Old 08-01-2014, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Wandering in the Dothraki sea
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Check out travelzoo.com--- I've gotten AMAZING package deals through them.
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Old 08-02-2014, 12:30 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, QC, Canada
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Myself. I am my own best company and never charge myself royalties, so I get the best deals because I work in my own best interest.
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Old 08-02-2014, 06:42 AM
 
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My parents swear by expedia, even though they have had issues with bookings not getting passed along to airlines and car rental companies. I guess I just prefer to directly with an airline and a car company. Feel better about it that way.
Exactly--using a third party site or even a brick and mortar TA always runs the risk of things being wrong or lost. When you DIY, you get the names of the people you speak with or the computer print out of your reservation, it eliminates a lot of potential for error.
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Old 08-02-2014, 07:00 AM
 
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I don't use a travel company. But normally I check airfares on KAYAK - Cheap Flights, Hotels, Airline Tickets, Cheap Tickets, Cheap Travel Deals - Compare Hundreds of Travel Sites At Once .
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