Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Fare Shopping

A friend called today to ask how much a ticket would cost to fly from Boston to Chicago.  I told her that I had no idea, and she was shocked.  She evidently wasn't familiar with the Marry Me, Fly For Free concept.  Actually, this happens frequently.  People assume that I must not all the various fares between myriad cities, including those on airlines that I don't work for and cities that I don't fly to. 
On the occasion that I buy a full fare ticket for myself, I check the usual travel sites, just like everyone else.  The individual airline websites are getting better about listing lowest priced fares, and some guarantee that the price you get from them is the lowest.
Well known major travel sites that I check include:  Expedia, Orbitz, Hotwire, Cheap Tickets, and Travelocity.  I have found fares on these sites to be fairly consistent with one another.
Other sites that I check, that are perhaps a little bit lesser known are:  Side Step (compares the fares of several different carriers), Which Budget  (a listing of the budget carriers that fly between various cities), and Fare Compare
Yes, I know there are lots of other sites, but these are the ones that I use because they've always worked well for me.


Joey C said...

I'm Sorry, but I have to put in my two cents.

People, Yu Hu Stewardess is right on most; however, be aware that a lot of, if not all of, the Low cost carriers are not listed in a lot of the fare searches, including Expedia.com, etc. JetBlue is one, for sure, and I dont think SWA is, but I know for sure a few others are.

Happy Fare Hunting!

Fly Girl said...

I haven't found a site that lists absolutely EVERY flight option, which is why I check several sites.

I am not always looking for the cheapest flight. I try to take a non-stop if at all possible, as it reduced the potential for flight delays. Convenient departure times and limited ground time (if I have to make a connection) are also considerations.

Finally, there are just some airlines that I prefer to fly, and some that I choose not to fly -- regardless of price.

It's all a package deal for me, not just price.

JoeyC said...

Sorry FG, didnt mean to like make you feel upset... just wanted to tell a lot of people, since most folks just want the low fares... thats all.

But whatever airline you work for, I'm sure it rocks ;-)

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