Mileage Run Discussion - ITA Google airfare search - then How to purchase?
Apr 10, 12, 9:59 pm
Any suggestions how and where to purchase the airfare deals I see online from ITA software of Google?
I saw a good mileage run and deal with US Airways + Singapore Airlines (both Star Alliance)
USA to Asia (via Europe) $1600 round trip all-in
I went to US airways, cant book the flight, went to Singapore Airlines their price was $3000+ with Delta airlines.
Travel agencies able to book flights? Do they charge a fee?
Apr 11, 12, 12:09 am
Yes, I've printed out the page and taken it to a travel agents. Just make sure you show it to them on the same day you found it.
Make sure they have all the jargon: the breakdown of the fare and the fare-code. If you click on the price and then on the next page that pops up, there's that blue-coloured box, in which you'll see the breakdown of the fare. Everything from 9/11 surcharges to 'Swiss Airport Noise Charge'.
Alternatively, have you tried a few other sites like skyscanner, kayak or orbitz to see if the same fare comes up on them?
Apr 11, 12, 1:26 pm
I have used Travelocity, Orbitz, and Expedia to book mixed carrier flights onto one reservation after finding a good combination on ITA. I don't think any of these sites hit you with booking fees, although I do think the American Express Travel site which you could try this on as well, does.
Apr 11, 12, 2:32 pm
I think yo're referring to flights that show on ITA but not booking sites...
In that case, try your credit cards reward program website and when and if it doesn't show there call them up. Based on my experience the agents will find it on ITA or something similar and have the ability to book it for you. I've never called Orbitz or expedia in the same situation, maybe they offer the same assistance.
For example, I found a great premium economy fare on Turkish last year like a lot of people here. Found it on ITA, couldn't replicate although got close on Expedia. Called my bank cards reward travel department. Told them the itinerary and fare code. had them read me the rules to make sure and booked the ticket. The trouble you may have is that you need to deal with them pretty much exclusively for changes info etc... so make a friend there if possible. And be prepared for the airline to rudely refer you to your agent especially if you got an awesome deal. :)