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« on: March 22, 2013, 01:24:50 AM »

Check out http://www.hipmunk.com

The thing shows entire flights spaced out across all carriers, including whether they have wifi, layovers, etc. all in one very easy to read space.  I just stumbled across this the other day and I have to say - clicking places like Orbitz and watching it pop 10 windows is over.  Just sharing the love....
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« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2013, 01:56:02 AM »

Looks interesting.  I think Southwest still needs a separate search.  I believe the don't allow anyone to use their online system anymore.

Never seen a sort by Agony feature before.  Hmmm.
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« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2013, 06:21:23 AM »

Pretty cool presentation, but every fare listed was substantially higher than my wife's company's travel agent got her for a Boston to DC flight next week. 

Yeah, remember travel agents?
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« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2013, 12:22:07 PM »

You know, you should really check with the site owner before coming into the forums and making such a blatant plug for your website...oh, wait. 

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« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2013, 02:18:22 PM »

Quote from: Ironrod on March 22, 2013, 06:21:23 AM

Pretty cool presentation, but every fare listed was substantially higher than my wife's company's travel agent got her for a Boston to DC flight next week. 

Yeah, remember travel agents?

I don't get how that works....travel agents have to get paid, so they tack on an amount to the ticket price, but somehow the prices are less?   saywhat
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« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2013, 03:45:12 PM »

Very timely. I'm planning to buy roundtrip tickets to Japan for the family and the cheapest I've found is very painful at about $1200 a pop. I never even considered contacting a travel agent. Hmmm.
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« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2013, 07:04:59 PM »

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on March 22, 2013, 02:18:22 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on March 22, 2013, 06:21:23 AM

Pretty cool presentation, but every fare listed was substantially higher than my wife's company's travel agent got her for a Boston to DC flight next week. 

Yeah, remember travel agents?

I don't get how that works....travel agents have to get paid, so they tack on an amount to the ticket price, but somehow the prices are less?   saywhat

Airlines give agents sweetheart pricing in exchange for the volume of traffic they direct. They also have access to airfare/hotel/rental car packages that are hard for individuals to put together. Wife is paying $178 roundtrip Boston to DC, including taxes and fees, through her company's agency. The best fare at the linked site is $273 and most are in the $300-350 range.

Travel agency for the general public is mostly a thing of the past, but you can save big bucks if you're fortunate enough to be able to use your employer's service to arrange personal travel.
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« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2013, 12:45:15 PM »

If the flight is next week, your current search may be inside the discount window whereas it wasn't when the agent made the plans.  Prices change significantly at 7, 14, and 21 days (depending on the airline).. I've always been able to do better than our corporate agent. Their big benefit to the company is enforcing travel policies so that the company gets rebates from the airlines at the end of the year.
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« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2013, 11:58:47 PM »

I'm not much of a traveler myself (haven't flown anywhere in at least 10 years) so I don't know the ins and outs. Just reporting my spot-check results. Wife's flight is indeed next week, so your explanation might be right. The last time we took a vacation we saved a lot by going through the company agent...but that was over 10 years ago.
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« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2013, 01:49:18 AM »

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on March 22, 2013, 02:18:22 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on March 22, 2013, 06:21:23 AM

Pretty cool presentation, but every fare listed was substantially higher than my wife's company's travel agent got her for a Boston to DC flight next week. 

Yeah, remember travel agents?

I don't get how that works....travel agents have to get paid, so they tack on an amount to the ticket price, but somehow the prices are less?   saywhat

My ex was a travel agent.  They get volume prices and their commission comes out of that difference. Depending on the amount of commission pulled, they can offer lower prices.  Not really all that saywhat once you think about it.  Its a pretty basic sales model.
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