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September 3, 2013
Where do you purchase airline travel tickets?
- Online Travel Discount Website (i.e. Orbitz, Expedia, etc)
- Local Travel Agent
- Directly from the Airline
We all like a good deal and air travel is no different. So we creating this poll where you can vote where you most often buy your air travel tickets.
We have 3 options you can choose from.
Airline Website Direct
All major airlines have the option for travelers to buy airline tickets directly on their website. Most will match prices from other discounted air travel sites to a certain extend and you might be eligible for an upgrade. So buying directly from the airlines has its perks.
Discount Travel Website
There are plenty of discount travel sites like Expedia, Travelocity, Travelzoo, just to name a few. The benefits are that you get a selection from different carriers but of course, the main attraction to these websites are the price. They are cheap, as in cheap air travel. The drawback is that you are very unlikely to get an upgrade to firs class and if you need to cancel or make changes to your flight time and date you are mostly out of luck. Most of these thickets can’t be changed and are not refundable.
Traditional Travel Agent
The traditional travel agent might be extinct in the very near future. But for now, the offer a very good service to these who are not very web savvy and can’t book online. Tickets bought from traditional travel agents are usually a bit more expense but if your travel plans chances you are not alone. Most of the time, traditional travel agents can cancel your tickets, book connecting flights, etc.
I have not done a lot of airline traveling in the past few years. It used to be a pleasure, but now with airlines cutting services and charging for every little thing, it is no longer a pleasurable experience.
In the years between 2002 and 2008 I did a lot of traveling. Both, for business and pleasure (vacation). What I used to do a lot is look up prices on Expedia. The reason I loved Expedia is because the site gives you suggestions for nearby airports and dates. For example, if I looked for a flight from Newark, NJ to Miami, FL it would also suggest flights from LGA in queens to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida which sometimes were priced more than half than my original plans.
After noting the flights I liked because they would fit my schedule and budget, I would call up my local travel agent who just marked them up with $25 and sold me the airline tickets. In this way, if I ever had to cancel or modify my plans, I was not on my own and did not lose the entire airfare purchase.
I did buy plenty of airfare directly from Expedia as well if my travel agent was not available or in the few cases where he could not or did not want to match the Expedia price.
September 3, 2013
Hi Jewish and Kosher Guest and thank you for posting. You have a very interesting idea. Me too have used this similar method in the past.
Here is a local travel agent that I would highly recommend. Our family has used this travel agent for years and so has my previous employer for business travel. They specialize in first class air travel to Asia like India, China and South Korea but are great for any travel needs. We also used them to book hotels, car rentals and international cell phone rental.
Their full contact info is:
New Castles Travel Agency
We do not get any commision from them and are not affiliated with them in any way. We are just sharing a great travel agent. Please feel free to "Add Reply" and post your experience with great local travel agents too.
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