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Which website do you use to check long haul flight tickets?

I used to use ebookers but i find it so inconvenient now.
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Old 16.02.2018, 21:19
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Re: Which website do you use to check long haul flight tickets?

There are a ton of search sites. Google search works pretty well, as do skyscanner and kayak. When possible I try to book with the airline directly because it's easier to deal with changes/cancellation/etc. than when you book with a 3rd party.
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Re: Which website do you use to check long haul flight tickets?

Google flights uses ICA matrix software so I have used that for years and book through the airline website. I do not need Google to know where I am traveling! Skyscanner has a lot of dodgy operators who require you to load all your details before telling you the flight is not available.
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Re: Which website do you use to check long haul flight tickets?

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I used to use ebookers but i find it so inconvenient now.
Just today I was checking flights from Charlotte/NC to Zurich on Expedia for Sept 2018. I need 3 tickets ONE way only and only one stop. Strangely enough the quotes $ 2700 each more or less are the same as a TWO way ticket with return flight?? Very confused.
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Old 16.02.2018, 23:12
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Just today I was checking flights from Charlotte/NC to Zurich on Expedia for Sept 2018. I need 3 tickets ONE way only and only one stop. Strangely enough the quotes $ 2700 each more or less are the same as a TWO way ticket with return flight?? Very confused.
2700 per person? That sounds a bit much. Are you wanting a specific airline or something? I did a random search on Kayak for Sept and got a price of $1010 one-way via Munich.
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Google flights uses ICA matrix software so I have used that for years and book through the airline website. I do not need Google to know where I am traveling!
Then bad news for you - they *bought* that whole company
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Re: Which website do you use to check long haul flight tickets?

Similar to RTN, I use Skyscanner for country to country routings - sometimes a direct flight to a nearby city works out a lot cheaper, even if you have to add on a short train transfer.

ICA Matrix for fares and completely full fare rules (which many airline's no longer display on their sites).

Momondo brings through some really random options from Low Cost Carriers and Charter Airlines.

But finally, I always book on the website of the airline or one of their code share airlines, e.g. Swiss fares are sometimes cheaper on Brussels Airlines' site, and the same applies to Air France code share flights with Flybe. If you don't know the code shares on a flight, just look at the departures page of the airport's website.
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Just today I was checking flights from Charlotte/NC to Zurich on Expedia for Sept 2018. I need 3 tickets ONE way only and only one stop. Strangely enough the quotes $ 2700 each more or less are the same as a TWO way ticket with return flight?? Very confused.
That's normal practice. Very often, one-way flights cost even more than round trips.

About ten years ago there was the case of that lady who booked Zurich - Paris round-trip but didn't show up at ZRH because of a major incident in her family. A few days later she went to Paris by train instead. As she tried to check in for her flight back to Zurich, she was presented with a bill for the higher price of a one-way ticket. She had to pay the difference on the spot to be allowed to board the plane.

She sued the airline and won. The airline issued a media release stating that they wouldn't file an appeal, but didn't imply they would stop this regular practice in all other similar cases.
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Old 17.02.2018, 00:55
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That's normal practice. Very often, one-way flights cost even more than round trips.
True, it's normal practice, particularly on routes which are only operated by one airline. Classic example of this is the Humberside to Amsterdam direct route with KLM, which is usually around £200 rtn, but is over £300 one way.
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Old 17.02.2018, 07:06
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Re: Which website do you use to check long haul flight tickets?

Do people really find these sites worthwhile? I figure out what carriers serve a route and go through their own website. I always seem to get a better deal. Even if the flight involves stopovers and a change of carrier.
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Old 17.02.2018, 07:08
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True, it's normal practice, particularly on routes which are only operated by one airline. Classic example of this is the Humberside to Amsterdam direct route with KLM, which is usually around £200 rtn, but is over £300 one way.
Its to encourage the Brits to go home, I can only foresee the one way prices rising post Brexit.
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Do people really find these sites worthwhile? I figure out what carriers serve a route and go through their own website. I always seem to get a better deal. Even if the flight involves stopovers and a change of carrier.
I find the sites useful to see quickly which airlines do the route and what the timetables are, then I book with the airline.

Airportzz.com is a good resource to see which airline goes directly to a destination.
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Do people really find these sites worthwhile? I figure out what carriers serve a route and go through their own website. I always seem to get a better deal. Even if the flight involves stopovers and a change of carrier.
I do find them worthwhile for route information, etc, but unless they have allocation with a specific airline, I always book on the carrier's website.

A few years ago, we were invited to a wedding in Istanbul, but OH's leave wasn't approved until the week of the wedding. Direct flights from LHR were about £600 rtn each. Using info from Skyscanner and Momondo, we ended up getting the train to Birmingham airport - BHX to Santorini with Thomson - overnight on Santorini - ferry Santorini to Athens - Athens to Istanbul / rtn direct IST to LHR with BA. Sounds a bit of a palaver, but it was lots of fun and cut the travel cost by half.

As for ITA Matrix, I find having access to the full fare rules reassuring as I often have to amend the return sectors of an itinerary. This info helps me decide if a rtn plus change fee or two one ways will be the better option. As I was a flight booker for the last decade I was in the UK, I feel at a disadvantage if I don't have the full fare rules infront of me, but I understand that many people wouldn't have need for them.
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Just today I was checking flights from Charlotte/NC to Zurich on Expedia for Sept 2018. I need 3 tickets ONE way only and only one stop. Strangely enough the quotes $ 2700 each more or less are the same as a TWO way ticket with return flight?? Very confused.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72hlr-E7KA0 explains this.
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Old 17.02.2018, 20:48
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A few years ago, we were invited to a wedding in Istanbul, but OH's leave wasn't approved until the week of the wedding. Direct flights from LHR were about £600 rtn each. Using info from Skyscanner and Momondo, we ended up getting the train to Birmingham airport - BHX to Santorini with Thomson - overnight on Santorini - ferry Santorini to Athens - Athens to Istanbul / rtn direct IST to LHR with BA. Sounds a bit of a palaver, but it was lots of fun and cut the travel cost by half.
If I was still backpacking then going the long way round would be fun, cheaper and more interesting. No chance I would bother doing that anymore. A to B as fast and efficiently as possible these days. I try and book way ahead, often months ahead to go back to the UK so I can get the time off work and pay as little as possible without having to use EasyJet.
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Re: Which website do you use to check long haul flight tickets?

Aaah! The nostalgia of backpacking! I once did a 53h journey from La Paz to GVA because it was cheaper. Those were the days. Its a rule of life that when you have the time you dont have the money, and when you have the money you don’t have the time.
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If I was still backpacking then going the long way round would be fun, cheaper and more interesting. No chance I would bother doing that anymore. A to B as fast and efficiently as possible these days.
We're both in our 50's, but I still prefer the long way round when time isn't critical, such as an 8+hr daytime stopover. It's a great way to get a taste of a city. My first visit to Switzerland was an overnight stopover between Athens and Manchester.
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Re: Which website do you use to check long haul flight tickets?

I use Kayak to get route information, but then almost always book directly through the airline's website. I mostly fly Star Alliance anyway cause miles and senator advantages.

I hate flying with layovers and try to go nonstop whenever I possibly can. Saving 100$ to then suffer through a 6-hour layover at some dead-ass boring airport isn't worth it for me. The only airport I occasionally even voluntarily spend a little extra time at is Changi.
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Re: Which website do you use to check long haul flight tickets?

skyscanner is my go to for comparison, but purchasing is always a bit nervous, with extra fees etc. I'll use it for significant savings
Momondo once beat out everyone else by quite a bit, but since that flight has been fairly average.
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Re: Which website do you use to check long haul flight tickets?

I use skyscanner but to be honest, im not really too happy with it.


The problem is that they have become too popular - and the dodgy travel agents know this. You can search for a flight and you'll find a reasonably priced one, but when you go to the travel agents website and actually put your details in, a message pops up saying 'the price of this flight has changed' (=gone up). Its happened too often to me to be an extraordinary occurence, and its usually a princely sum too (150€ for a short haul, for example).


The sites know that skyscanner is popular - so queries from skyscanner are automatically discounted until you actually get to the booking stage, at which point the site hopes people either havent noticed or still think its the cheapest.


In any case, im finding that booking direct from the airlines website is the least stressful way and the additional € required is more then worth it, for the better service.
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