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Old 09-17-2015, 02:28 PM   #41
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When I used mileage points to pay for air tickets, I always phoned late at night and spoke to a human. I usually called after 10 pacific time.

The workers were often former flight attendants and enjoyed searching for me. They would sometimes give me great info on modestly-priced hotels and restaurants.

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Old 09-17-2015, 03:42 PM   #42
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I'm nostalgic for the days when I simply called (or stopped into) a travel agent. I hate the process of self-searching and booking though I know some folks find this process quite enjoyable and rewarding. I personally find it boring and stressful all at the same time. I do it because it DOES save a LOT of money in many cases.

One of the few things I would enjoy about being truly "rich" (lets say a stash of $25 mil or a guaranteed income of say $1 mil/year) would be to either call an agent and tell them what I wanted to do and leave my Ultra-Platinum CC number with them to make the arrangements - or if I really want to dream, I would charter my own "Net-Jets" or similar.

But back to reality for a moment, I'm sensing a trend (here on the forum) toward booking directly with the airlines - even going so far as to call them. I'm just becoming familiar (not necessarily comfortable) with going through the Expedias and Travelocities of the world. Next time, I will try the direct approach and see how it compares with the "other guys." Thanks to all for the learning experience.

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Old 09-17-2015, 04:23 PM   #43
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You can watch airfares on Matrix - ITA Software by Google You cannot purchase tickets there, but you can figure out the best flights for you--minimizing transfers and keeping down time spent in airports, etc.

I also watch for bargain airfares. I also go on Wikipedia to figure out what airlines fly to where I want to go--especially low fare budget airlines.

We just returned from our third overseas trip in just over a year--traveling for half the airfare most travelers spend.
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Old 09-17-2015, 07:24 PM   #44
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I agree, if I won the lottery (hard to do when you don't buy a ticket, I guess) I'd want to get in with Netjets.

Interestingly, after despairing that is ever find much use for my small cache of Delta "sky pesos", I booked a couple of one-ways from Charleston to/from Sacramento for 12,500 points each for next month. Not too bad, I think.

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