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Airplane tickets, where to buy
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markct    Posted 12-15-2003 at 15:51:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
hi guys, i havent been around much lately, been trying to get all the animal houses ready for winter and then its been lotsa plowing and sanding but i have a question for you all, its realy not country related but i know you guys always seem to have the answers to everything. i am planning to go to georgia in middle or end of january. whats the best way to buy plane tickets, theres a million places online, i was looking in the american airlines website and see that you can buy them online there, is that the best way to do it, how does it work do they give you a code or something and you get your actual ticket at the airport? or do ya print it out or what? or am i better off to drive over to my local airport (bradley in connecticut) and just talk to the people there and buy my ticket? i have never flown before so this is all new to me. thanks guys for clearin up the confusion


jayhawkerroy    Posted 12-19-2003 at 07:28:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Looks like Delta offers a nonstop that is the shortest and cheapest way to get to Atlanta. Bad news is that its departure time is 6:20 or so in the morning. Total flight time is a little less than 3 hrs. Any American flight will be around 5-6 hrs, since it involves a stopover. I like to get a feel of flights available by going to Orbitz, Travelocity, or Expedia. I then note the prices and contact the airline directly, by phone or on-line and book my reservation. You can usually get the same or better offer from the airline. You save the cost of the travel agent fees (whether it is an online agency like Travelocity, etc, or a real travel agent). Since this is your first flight, recommend the nonstop option Delta has. My 2 cents worth!


jayhawkerroy    Posted 12-18-2003 at 08:44:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The fastest way (and cheapest, possibly) is to fly nonstop on Delta -- depends on your exact travel dates. Bad news is it looks like you have to take a 6:20 am flight to go nonstop. A Delta return from Atlanta offers more options. You will spend less than 3 hrs in the air. American may be more convenient, but you will spend over five hours to get to Atlanta vs 3 hrs on Delta. It's your choice. For a first flight, I would recommend nonstop. As others have noted, you can check Orbitz, Travelocity, or Expedia to get an idea of who flies and when, and it is generally a bit cheaper to then go to the airline and get your tickets from the airline directly, by either phone or on-line. At a minimum you save the $5-$8 fee that Orbitz, Expedia, etc charge you for the ticket.


ret    Posted 12-16-2003 at 04:02:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Why in the world would you want to go to Chicago to get to Georgia? Daughter flies on business a lot, always does it online. She makes sure in wintertime to stay as clear from a northern airport as she can, too many delays can occur. Like everyone has said, online booking really is easy, just see how many stops on the way and remember the cheapest is not always the best. Would stay away from any puddle jumpers too, most of the time a flight num. with 4 digets is a prop job. Only take them as last resort. If this is your first flight, I would go to an agent. Wandering around in a big airport when you have a time limit can be unnerving. Keep it simple It is worth a few dollars more not to have to worry about catching flights. Keep it as direct as you can
REt




big fred (kinda long)    Posted 12-15-2003 at 20:13:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
When I fly for personal reasons (instead of the company sending me on business) I check out one of the travel sites that handles many airlines (I use Travelocity, but any one that you can use just to check flights is fine). From there I find out which airlines fly to where I wanna go, and I jot down the prices that look best, then I got to the airlines' own website and check them, sometimes they have web specials or just better fares. Once I've done that, I sometimes call the airline to see if they can get me a better deal. I ended up saving about $300 flying me from Seattle to Minneapolis and my wife at the same time from San Diego to Minneapolis. We had to meet up and change planes in Phoenix, but for $300, I'll do that. Sounds too complicated? If you know what airlines serve your destination, it's very easy to just call the airline, the phone ticket agents are very helpful people, and their business is to make you happy. They want you to fly again, and on their airline.

By the way, most tickets are e-tickets nowadays. The ticket doesn't really exist, just an account on the airline's computer. You will be given a confirmation code which is a 6 character code, almost always uppercase letters (every one I've seen is anyway). When you get to the airport have your confirmation code and your photo ID ready for the ticket agent. Actually all they will really need is your name, photo ID and flight number or time, the rest is in their computer, but if you have the code it goes quicker. The ticket agent will check your bags, usually confirm or assign your seat location, and give you a boarding pass. Keep your boarding pass and photo ID handy, and proceed to the gate. You will need to go thru security, and that's the next place you need the ID and boarding pass. It's also the farthest you can get without a boarding pass, so say your goodbyes before you get there. Your jacket has to come off, probably your shoes, and any metal watches or large metal jewelry. Those all pass thru the X-ray machine, you walk thru the metal detector, meet up with your belongings again, or maybe get the "next level" search, where they wand you, take ALL the metal offa you (belt and pens incuded) and search your carry on. They do that to a random sample, so don't take it personal. Proceed to the gate, and when they board, you need the boarding pass again, sometimes they want to see the ID, too, but most places don't need it at the gate.

Enjoy your flight. Georgia has got to be a nice change from Connecticut in January. I'm trying to get my boss to send me to San Antonio, but it looks like my January trip will be to Minneapolis and/or Detroit. Durn!


jack    Posted 12-15-2003 at 20:04:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Also book your ticket in advance.At least 2 weeks.Yes if you buy ticket on line you get a confermation number to lookup at airport to get tickets...DON"T forget your ID.I lookup the flight and seats , I want and then call the 800 number and confirm them. Let them do all the paperwork.Bradely is a cool airprot.Was there last week...Bye


Jack    Posted 12-15-2003 at 19:56:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Look and see what airlines go to your destination.Then go to them.They can beat most any cheap tickets.I use United or Southwest.All cheap ticket are sold by people that get paid for selling them.And where you think they get them?
CUT OUT THE MIDDLEMAN....my 7 cents worth


Lazy Al    Posted 12-15-2003 at 17:13:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you've never flown before, I stick with a travel agency too . We have pasageways around here they seem real good . JMO
Al


markct    Posted 12-15-2003 at 18:09:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
now ya all got me scared lol, it seems like a pretty simple thing, i mean the american airlines website shows the flight i want, goes to chicago and then to atlanta. seems simple enough or am i missining something, i realy dont wanna go thru the whole trouble of a travel agency. i had been figuring this was the easy way, as oposed to driving the 19 hours in my truck, but now im starting to wonder. surely flying cant be too complicated can it?


Dave Munson Mid Illinois    Posted 12-15-2003 at 20:40:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
You can make it as costly, complex and unpleasant as you want to.

((to find the best price))
Ya need to know at the local airport you will fly out of, is there any discount airlines like southwest or airtran or whatever. Also note what non-discount airlines go there. Once you know who flies out of your local airport take a look at their flight schedules (steal a phamplet or look on-line). Once you have an idea who would make a nice short flight start looking for good prices.
Not all discount airlines are available at travel agencies.

You are in luck. Lots of different discount airlines go to Atlanta. Plus there is a Ben & Jerry’s and a Starbucks coffee place there in the terminal. I was stuck once at the Atlanta airport for 14 hours.

P.S. Remember AA stands for A$$holes Among-us and not american airlines.


kraigWY    Posted 12-15-2003 at 16:46:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
got to watch online ticket sales. They don't tell you anything. I tried to get tickets to Kuwait online. I found some cheep ones and was all set. But I had been doing business with a travel agent and out of loyalty I decided if she could get the tickets for me at the same price. Found out I almost got in trouble. The Tickets I found had me with a 24 hour layover in Beruit. You need a transet visa for anything over 4 hours in Beruit. I could have been in a lot of trouble since they love Americans so well. Anyway my travel agent got me cheaper tickets w/ a more direct flight. Some people have good luck with on line tickets. I could have been in mess of trouble. I'll stick with the travel agent since I don't know what I am doing.


cah    Posted 12-15-2003 at 16:21:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
I like to use Hotwire.com, cheaptickets.com, Expedia.com. They are all safe and easy to use. Stay with a sysytem where you get to pick your flight times. Priceline.com may be cheaper but they don't tell you flight times until after you purchase. Usually bad times to fill seats. You will most likely save quite a bit of money useing an online source vs. airlines/airports. Plus you can shop around before deciding.


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