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Old 01-13-2012, 03:50 PM
 
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With all the different options for both domestic and international travel, how do you shop for the best deals on airline flights?
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Old 01-13-2012, 05:17 PM
 
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Check KAYAK - Cheap Flights, Hotels, Airline Tickets, Cheap Tickets, Cheap Travel Deals - Compare Hundreds of Travel Sites At Once .
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Old 01-14-2012, 12:33 PM
 
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Avoid Travelocity, as their website automatically adds trip insurance and you need to manually remove it if you don't want it. I now like Expedia, which makes the choice explicit. There may be many others that do not have the deceptive automatic trip insurance Travelocity has, but Expedia is the one I have settled on.

My impression is that most of the websites have the same prices for a particular flight. I think there's an advantage to sticking to one as you get to know exactly how the website works (for sorting flights, etc.). While I have occasionally tried Kayak I have never found that it led me to a better deal.
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Old 01-14-2012, 10:31 PM
 
Location: Orlando, FL
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Try this little known website I like to use to travel:

Matrix - ITA Software

Good luck!
Lisa
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Old 01-16-2012, 06:58 AM
 
Location: CHicago, United States
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I have never found a better fare on the website of one of the online travel agents that I couldn't have found on an airline's own website. I often find lower fares on the airline websites that don't appear on the travel agent sites. I have been led to some lower fares on the airline websites after looking at one of the online travel agents, however. I'm referring to scheduled flights, not ticket consolidation services or agencies from which tickets for certain around-the-world or cross-the-planet flights can sometimes be purchased at a good savings. Remember, the online travel agencies get their information from the airlines themselves. They're just middlemen. And, if you purchase from one of them and there's a problem along the way, the airline will send you back to them for a resolution of the matter instead of taking care of the compaint itself. I don't see an upside to using the online middlemen. But it can cost you more.
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Old 01-16-2012, 07:07 AM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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BTW: Google Just bought ITA software company to use it for there Travel portal.

ITA did the software behind Orbitz.
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Old 01-16-2012, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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Try this little known website I like to use to travel:

Matrix - ITA Software

Good luck!
Lisa
It is the driver of most of the travel website search engines. I have noticed the results aren't as good since the Google purchase though. Multiple times I've found better rates through the airline's direct site. When trying to do Business to Asia, the difference has been in the $1500-$2000 range per ticket. It still works 90% of the time, but the couple of misses have made me nervous.
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