big savings with Orbitz

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  1. marcwint55

    marcwint55 Gold Member

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    My daughter had me check on two tickets round trip from LAX to MEX on Aeromexico to see if I could do better than Orbitz. I told her that I thought the prices would be the same, however I was very wrong. Neither the Aeromexico web site or American Express could come close to the price she got from Orbitz. Aeromexico wanted $933.00 for two tickets as did Amex. Orbitz charged her $714.00 for the same two tickets on the same flights. While I do not personally care for sites such as Orbtiz, Expedia etc., for a young attorney and her boyfriend who do not have excess cash to spend on a vacation the savings was much needed.
     
  2. daninstl

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    I use Orbitz to do a quick check on pricing so I know where to start. They always seem the cheapest or nearly as cheap. Sometimes you can beat them and they don't show every airline either.
     
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  3. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    Same booking class?

    I am curious how something like this happens. I assume Orbitz doesn't set its own fares for those tickets. Or are they consolidators on this route?
     
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  4. NYCUA1K

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    Before purchasing the ticket you should have called Aeromexico to see if they would match Orbitz's price since most airlines claim to guarantee the lowest price anywhere if you book through their website...United did match me once for a lower fare I found elsewhere.
     
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    I rarely check them because I always book my domestic trips directly with Delta but for my flight in 6 days from Bali I found that I was able to save $400 by booking via Orbitz vs MH's own website.
     
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    Never had good luck with Orbitz. Need to get them back into my price check routine.;)
     
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  7. marcwint55

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    same booking class (coach)
     
  8. marcwint55

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    thanks for the info. I did check with Amex and they could not match the price, but I didn't check with Aeromexico.
     
  9. Steven Schwartz
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    Wouldn't checking first with Kayak make even more sense? That, I would imagine, would give the numbers for a number of venues and they make it pretty easy to click thru.

    That said, I like the advice about getting the lowest number, printing the screen and then calling the carrier and asking them to match.
     
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  10. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    Sorry, didn't mean class of service. There are many different booking classes for coach, each with different fare rules/restrictions.
     
  11. Sweet Willie
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    I do and it does, but I really like the matrix of Orbitz so always check them as well. I never know what potential route I may prefer over just the lowest price that Kayak offers
     
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    Same cabin and same class aren't necessarily the same thing. ;)
     
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  13. marcwint55

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    I realize that there are many bookings classes within the same cabin, but I never really pay attention to anything other than the cabin and the price. Unfortunately I don't know enough to differentiate the more or less expensive classes, so I can only judge by price.
     
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    Understood. Just be careful that some (many/most) LFG/BRG policies from the airlines want same fare class, not just same route. It makes collecting on them very challenging.
     
  15. perryplatypus

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    But can't she withdraw some extra money from the Bank of Dad ATM :)
     
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    Her younger siblings have been depleting that source lately.
     

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