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Booking Int'l Business via OTA, or carrier?

Booking Int'l Business via OTA, or carrier?

Old Nov 26, 19, 11:12 am
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Question Booking Int'l Business via OTA, or carrier?

Hi all,

We are doing an anniversary trip flying into VCE and out of FCO. After doing research on specific OTAs, and reading general "consolidator" threads, it seems it isn't worth the possibility of hassle if something should go sideways. Besides, I haven't seen much of a discount for our itinerary unless it's economy on one or more legs. I'm suspicious of anyone offering huge discounts, or asking me if I have any miles to use. Does anyone have any experience with Cook Travel? I can't find much on them.

I did use Priceline for an upcoming SXM trip. The DL website wanted double the ITA Matrix fare, but I was able to get the Matrix price (either Kayak or Google Flights steered me Priceline to book.) Everything showed up properly at DL, and I've been managing the trip via DL ever since. When a schedule change became a problem, DL CS changed us to a recently-added flight out of SXM which gets us home significantly earlier.
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Old Nov 29, 19, 10:35 am
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Never heard of Cook Travel, but here's what I would suggest when contemplating using an OTA
1. Read their terms and conditions
2. Recognise prices might not be live.
3. Only correspond via email as they may call wanting to say flight prices have risen blah blah. If you use the word "cancel" this can lead to charges.
4. Understand implications of dealing with a 3rd party.
5. Find reviews of OTA
6. Pay with a credit card
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