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Old 04-02-05, 12:15 AM   #1
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Airline search engines?

Ok, a friend of mine challenged me to find her a flight under 500 bucks from Chicago to Milan... direct. Anytime in May. I use orbitz, cheaptickets, travelocity, expedia, and the airline websites, but does anyone know of an airline search engine that's more obscure that gives great results?

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Old 04-02-05, 12:25 AM   #2
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I've bought some great fares on Priceline.com, they were always lower than orbitz.

How many airlines fly direct to Milan from Chi-town anyway, can't be that many? Hummm
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Well British Airways and Alitalia for sure, but I wouldn't be surprised if the major airlines like United, American and Northwest also did too. Chicago is a major hub. It can happen.

No priceline. I don't agree with the whole "you don't see it, but give us your credit card and we'll screw you with the most indirect route we can get". It's not worth paying less for.

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Well British Airways and Alitalia for sure, but I wouldn't be surprised if the major airlines like United, American and Northwest also did too. Chicago is a major hub. It can happen.

No priceline. I don't agree with the whole "you don't see it, but give us your credit card and we'll screw you with the most indirect route we can get". It's not worth paying less for.

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I hated that too, but they change that about a year and a half ago, now you can choose the old Priceline way, or just a listing of flights and rates.

Last time I went that way, I flew Swissair from Chicago to Zurich then to Milano, the food was sooo good on Swissair, I didn't want to get off in Zurich. Then the hop to Milano was short, and connection flawless, very Swiss!
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Try kayak. Its a new startup. I've never used it, but it could be worth a shot.

www.kayak.com
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That was interesting, Kayak came up with a $712 one way fare, but then at the end of the search everything disappeared. I like the search engine, you can kind of see it work, until the end when it goes blank.
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I hated that too, but they change that about a year and a half ago, now you can choose the old Priceline way, or just a listing of flights and rates.

Last time I went that way, I flew Swissair from Chicago to Zurich then to Milano, the food was sooo good on Swissair, I didn't want to get off in Zurich. Then the hop to Milano was short, and connection flawless, very Swiss!

I love Swissair. It's a great airline, and I now only fly them to Milano. I love the planes they have where they have the individual televisions at every seat and you can choose whatever show you have with the touchscreens. And they have great choices for what you can watch on television. I would not fly any other airline again other than Swiss to Italy.

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Try kayak. Its a new startup. I've never used it, but it could be worth a shot.

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Well... Kayak did give the cheapest fares so far, but damn... it's now very expensive to go to Italy these days. I had no idea the price of oil would affect the price of tickets. I used to go in May because it was cheaper, and I never paid more than $580 (about). I guess we may not be getting our bib shorts after all.

Thanks for the tip, though. Have you used that search engine, and is it legit, and have you encountered problems with yur ticket?

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I had no idea the price of oil would affect the price of tickets.
Uhh, ok. Airlines run on water, don't they? Also the weak dollar makes prices go up.


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Thanks for the tip, though. Have you used that search engine, and is it legit, and have you encountered problems with yur ticket?
Well if you read my post, you would find that out. I only suggested it because a family member works for them, or did web development work for them or something.



You can also check with a travel agent, or call the airlines directly. That sometimes can get you cheaper fares.
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It must only be affecting international flights. Every time I fly domestically (as I do 1- 2 times a month), there seems to be no effect on the ticket prices. I have yet to be charged even a "fuel surcharge" as in past years.

On top of that, the money news shows I've been watching (because I track the airlines industry since I travel so much) said that airlines were not reacting to the increase in gas prices by adding on fuel surcharges or dramatically raising rates.

I guess they will have to raise rates with the international ones. As soon as one raises rates, the others follow, and when we can't afford to fly there anymore, they'll have to make up the difference somehow.

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