Who does the booking?

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  1. lipton
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    When planning a MR, are you booking your flights yourself?
    Where do you book the flights or do you get help of other people? Who are they?
     
  2. joesmoe
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    Alot of people recommend using a TA in order to book complex fares that may pop up on ITA but be difficult to ticket by calling the airline directly.

    In addition, when calling the airline, do be sure not to get transfer to the rates desk, otherwise they may pick up on the fare faster and eliminate it.
    Speaking to an agent is fine, but rate desk is usually not.

    There are tons of good TA's hanging about these forums, i'm sure you can find one if wanted/needed.

    Good luck!
     
  3. lipton
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    I have a TA, just wanted to know how you guys handle it. :)
     
  4. TrueBlueFlyer
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    I have always booked my own tickets... although I don't travel that much
     
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    I book most of mine directly with the airlines as well.

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    For award booking and complex bookings. See later post about last minute, quick, paid bookings.
     
  6. goalie
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    I always book mine directly and I always use UA's website. Yes, it might be more expensive than a 3rd party booking site but even as a 1k, I don't ever want to hear, "you booked this ticket thru XXX [​IMG]..."
     
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    I have ran into this recently with my bookings on Travelocity, Expedia and eBookers.ch Although the savings were significant enough for me not to think twice about lost mileage opportunities. (in that not all or 100% miles were credited as I expected)
     
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    I usually use sidestep for quick, last minute, cheap, paid bookings. I find that it often gives me the option of buying directly from the airline (and i usually take it).
     
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    vayama.com and webjet.com are very handy.
     
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    Direct with the airlines.
     
  11. Flyer_Esq
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    I pretty much always book myself, and nearly always with the airlines.
     
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    I do also..It gives you the option of booking thru at least three booking sites.
     
  13. Jaimito Cartero
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    I book myself about 98% of the time. Exceptions are usually special deals that can only be booked by TA's. (CMB, etc)
     
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    If possible, I always try to book on the airline website. It takes away their excuse, to call your TA or internet booking site, if something happens.
     
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    I work with my long-time TA, and it works well!
     
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    I book myself on airline websites. I did overhear once, in a gate check in area "we can't help you/change it/ do anything ma'am, it was bought on Expedia...." Hadn't thought about the issue before that.
     
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    I try to book mostly with the airlines directly and often find (Especially with AA) that you can get a their ticketing agents to adjust your held reservation and then put it back on hold
     
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    this is what I do as well
     
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    Me, myself, and I. Sometimes with advice from knowledgeable board members.
     
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    +1 for the knowledgeable board members, i'm usually unable to do anything without them.
     
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    I fly fairly regular, but I've always booked through the airline directly (for both personal and business travel) with two exceptions.

    The first time was a problem. I needed to change my itinerary, and like I'd done for years I went to the service desk in the airline lounge. "Sorry, we can't help you - you'll need to call your travel agent". That was enough to put me off, and was problematic as the travel agent was closed (after business hours).

    The second time was a very basic same day return flight to have lunch with some friends in another city. I booked it through AMEX travel over the phone. This was actually really easy so I'd be tempted to use them again.
     
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    How much more expensive? When you use voucher or %off discounts it's never more expensive?
     
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    I book my tickets exept very tricky fares
     
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    I prefer to ticket via the airlines for most of my flying. Most of the time it's a tad cheaper, plus the airline has to deal with me, instead of another company in the line of communication.

    I have had serious problems with multi-airline itineraries booked through a Travel Agent, where they could not help me when schedules were changed. You unfortunately won't be able to judge the salts they're made of until something goes wrong.
     
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    I almost always book online directly with the airline. I am puzzled when there has been a change in flight times or some other problem, and I get a message to contact the agency from whom I booked. You'd think they'd know I booked with the airline (UA)
     

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