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Old Apr 22, 11, 10:45 am
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Originally Posted by gegarrenton View Post
Good for DL. I applauded AA trying to cut out the waste of third parties, and I hope DL does it even better.
I don't think I like this approach.

1. It gives airlines too much control. We all know that travel agents and even some websites such as kayak give you more control over the fares that are available for purchase. Airlines want to force the higher fares, more inconvenient flights, etc.

2. DL's reservation system sucks, big time. Third party sites (orbitz, travelocity, etc) offer options that DL's system is too stupid to come up with.
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Old Apr 22, 11, 11:19 am
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Gadz, I always use ITA to search for DL fares, then after I find what I want, then I go over to DL's site and book it. ITA often comes up with interesting, and less expensive options that require sometimes strange routings. I really don't want to lose that. (e.g. last year STL-CVG-LAS-HNL was WAY cheaper than the more direct options via a hub. I have some other examples as well, but will not share them here lest DL get ideas.)
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Old Apr 22, 11, 1:49 pm
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Old Apr 22, 11, 3:26 pm
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Originally Posted by Cellisttoo View Post
Gadz, I always use ITA to search for DL fares, then after I find what I want, then I go over to DL's site and book it. ITA often comes up with interesting, and less expensive options that require sometimes strange routings.
I don't think Delta has a reason to remove ITA's access to their fares; ITA doesn't charge a portion of the fare at booking because ITA doesn't let you buy tickets. AA never disappeared from ITA during their direct-connection drama a couple months ago.

I'd be more worried about Google's acquisition of ITA messing stuff up.
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Old Apr 22, 11, 3:36 pm
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Originally Posted by BonzoESC View Post
I don't think Delta has a reason to remove ITA's access to their fares; ITA doesn't charge a portion of the fare at booking because ITA doesn't let you buy tickets. AA never disappeared from ITA during their direct-connection drama a couple months ago.

I'd be more worried about Google's acquisition of ITA messing stuff up.
Yeah, I always check ITA before booking. Sometimes they have routes that offer better CPM than the default Delta.com booking engine. I hope it stays around.
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Old Apr 22, 11, 4:36 pm
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Originally Posted by BonzoESC View Post
I'd be more worried about Google's acquisition of ITA messing stuff up.
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