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Posted 25 February 2004 - 10:15 PM
If you happen to have more time than money, Priceline does have some deals. I've used Hotwire to get a feel for how cheap a fair I might find on Priceline, then underbid that fare by around 30% on Priceline. If you haven't used the site before, be sure to read all of the fine print. You'll almost always have a layover (Minneapolis to Dallas to Salt Lake City comes to mind). You also have to be willing to accept a huge time window for both legs of your trip. It could turn your 4 day weekend into two if they put you on a 11:55pm Thursday flight and a Sunday morning return.
For hotels, Priceline works great. Just pick your stars, price, and location and they'll hook you up.
Some airlines offer bonus miles for booking through their site. There's also a browser plug-in from Sidestep.com that pulls airline fares for you when you run a travel search on most major search engines. It's free and comes up with the occasional deal.
Posted 25 February 2004 - 11:12 PM
Yay Ian!! Congrats- you'll have a great time.
Posted 25 February 2004 - 11:19 PM
Back on topic.
Posted 26 February 2004 - 12:06 AM
Posted 26 February 2004 - 01:08 AM
Hey Craig! Maybe we can gang up on an agent and get a package deal happening for the Calgary contingent....
Sure thing Ian. We have briefly checked into flights and hotels. I'll send the info off to you when we have everything nailed down (and approved!).
Posted 26 February 2004 - 07:40 AM
Ian, you'll do just fine! And congrats! <Forgot to say that eariler, I think.>
Posted 26 February 2004 - 09:14 AM
Interesting. I remember meeting the founders once, and thought they had a decent concept but wasn't sure how they'd get people to install the plugin. A few quick searches for Sidestep and Spyware explain a lot.
FYI- Sidestep is spyware and almost always comes up (for me anyway) with higher fares than Travelocity.
I've found the fares to be similar, but would occasionally receive bonus mile incentives on the Sidestep fares for clicking through to book directly through the airline sites.
Posted 26 February 2004 - 10:03 AM
I have found so far that the cheapest rates for hotels seem to be from www.123accomodations.com, in spite of the fact that it's got a stupid domain name.
I asked them last time i booked what was up with the site and it turns out it's a sub company owned by travelocity. But their prices are cheaper than travelocity's, as far as I can tell.
The first time I ever used them, we found a hotel we wanted, then went to all the other sites I could think of and punched the exact same info in and chose the same hotel - and it was always more expensive. Then I phoned the hotel itself and tried to get the same price, and they quoted way above.
Since it was the first time I ever booked with them, I booked, then got a confirmation, then immediately phoned the hotel again to make sure they got it. They did, and verified the price (which was way lower than the price they had just quoted me 5 minutes earlier). And they didn't even have the grace to sound embarrased!
So anyway, I book with 123 now.
Posted 26 February 2004 - 10:09 AM
It AMAZES me at the difference in ticket prices! Northwestern Air was going to charge $950 for the same flight I could get from US Air for $347. Delta was charging $650 or something in that range. Good grief!
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