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Thanks for the offer. From what you found, when is generally the best time to book a flight - at least 30 days, day of the week, time of year, sites to search (Google flights, Kayak), etc.? What rights do you have after booking tickets? What tips would you give us looking for cheap flights to travel destinations? Thanks a bunch.
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How many months a head to book for flight to Asia or any flight. Is flight cheaper on a weekday or weekend. If you keep searching for the same flight and date, does the flight price goes up? Thanks.
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gokeeper wrote:
Sep 24th, 2018 5:07 pm
As title suggested. I've been working on a travel project for a while, learned few thing about flight ticketing system. Feel free to ask anything about flight ticket fare, book, pricing or ticketing, I'll try my best to answer.
I can vouch for gokeeper's advice :)
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gumby wrote:
Sep 24th, 2018 9:22 pm
From what you found, when is generally the best time to book a flight - at least 30 days, day of the week, time of year, sites to search (Google flights, Kayak), etc.?
leannoon wrote:
Sep 24th, 2018 9:23 pm
How many months a head to book for flight to Asia or any flight.
It's not easy to say when should you book the ticket, airline can publish cheap price anytime.For Asia I found October / November usually have lots of great fares available, like $5xx economy to BKK, $27xx business to SIN, etc.
The day of the week of your booking is irrelevant, unless it's a limited time fare sale, like yesterday's UA 1 day sale to PEK/PVG for $100 base fare.
For flight search tools I would say ITA matrix is still the best option, but it need lots of tricks, if you are not very familiar with them I would recommend Google flights. It will display most combination as well as some travel agent only fare.
gumby wrote:
Sep 24th, 2018 9:22 pm
What rights do you have after booking tickets?
Most North American airlines allows you to cancel ticket without penalty within 24 hours if the reservation is made one week or more prior to a flight’s departure date. Some airline / travel agents even give you more time.
gumby wrote:
Sep 24th, 2018 9:22 pm
What tips would you give us looking for cheap flights to travel destinations? Thanks a bunch.
Stay away from unknown / infamous OTA, most airline won't touch travel agent ticket. If you book with an OTA, you are stuck with them for any change / cancellation until your whole trip is finished. Those OTAs will either ignore your request or rip you off.
leannoon wrote:
Sep 24th, 2018 9:23 pm
Is flight cheaper on a weekday or weekend.
Most, but not all published fare is cheaper if departure on Mon-Thu, please see the example below

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01 P7LXCTTY                2450 P  +     -     1234+ 7+ -   3M R                
02 P7LWCTTY                2650 P  +     -      567+ 7+ -   3M R                
This is Air Canada's business class sale fare to Taipei (TPE), if you leaves on Mon-Thu, the base fare is $2450, while $2650 for FRI-SUN.
leannoon wrote:
Sep 24th, 2018 9:23 pm
If you keep searching for the same flight and date, does the flight price goes up? Thanks.
The airline's inventory won't change just because you do lots of searches, but I heard some OTA might do that - they raise the price for a short amount of time and drop back to standard price after you come back, in hope you will book since "the price has dropped!"
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Sep 24th, 2018 9:29 pm
I can vouch for gokeeper's advice :)
Thanks! Smiling Face With Sunglasses
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which airlines allow you to check-in or/and pick a seat for free MORE than 24 hours in advance?
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dazz wrote:
Sep 25th, 2018 12:05 pm
which airlines allow you to check-in or/and pick a seat for free MORE than 24 hours in advance?
RyanAir check-in 4 days before flight.
Any airline allow free seat selection at any time on elevated fare levels.

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dazz wrote:
Sep 25th, 2018 12:05 pm
which airlines allow you to check-in or/and pick a seat for free MORE than 24 hours in advance?
Some LCCs allow you checkin way more than 24 hours in advance, i.e you can check in AirAsia flights 14 days before departure. Lots of airlines still offer free seats assignment at time of booking, like United / American / Delta, though Air Canada or Westjet didn't.
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Hi gokeeper, the air Canada business class fare you have posted earlier for travelling between Mon to Thursday, is it one way or return for $2400 base?
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gokeeper wrote: Stay away from unknown / infamous OTA, most airline won't touch travel agent ticket. If you book with an OTA, you are stuck with them for any change / cancellation until your whole trip is finished. Those OTAs will either ignore your request or rip you off.

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Thank you for starting a thread sharing what I presume is a bit of inside info on the industry.

With OTA and associated risks. My understanding is once your butt is in seat and first flight is done the airline will deal with you directly. Can you comment on that?

Also I’ve heard to watch out for OTA who for example book on air Canada stock 014 but first flight is on Lufthansa metal. I’ve heard it’s done to dodge some minor tax LH charges and that’s another trick in the OTA book

As much as this forum says don’t deal with OTA depending where your flying theses OTA really paste together good ticket combos both on price and quick connects. I personally will use an OTA if I can’t book direct but only a Canada based one which is part of TICO. Not saying TICO is amazing but better then foreign jobs.
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So my friend booked flight tickets for me, but somehow during the process my last name was not put into the system. When I tried to check in , my last name was missing. So it was basically first name, middle name as last name. The attendant at Air Canada stated since there was a flight/luggage transfer, it might be trouble and I may not be able to check in. I got pretty worried and she said she will make some calls and ask. Then she was talking on the phone for about 30 mins joking to the other person about work and having a conversation about their family, and in the end, the ticket name was changed.


What happened?
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coriolis wrote:
Oct 1st, 2018 3:02 am
So my friend booked flight tickets for me, but somehow during the process my last name was not put into the system. When I tried to check in , my last name was missing. So it was basically first name, middle name as last name. The attendant at Air Canada stated since there was a flight/luggage transfer, it might be trouble and I may not be able to check in. I got pretty worried and she said she will make some calls and ask. Then she was talking on the phone for about 30 mins joking to the other person about work and having a conversation about their family, and in the end, the ticket name was changed.


What happened?
Name correction is complicated, and usually require some payment, you are lucky to find an agent who did it for you for free Smiling Face With Sunglasses
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GangStarr wrote:
Oct 1st, 2018 2:55 am

With OTA and associated risks. My understanding is once your butt is in seat and first flight is done the airline will deal with you directly. Can you comment on that?
Not exactly if you still have upcoming flight in the same reservation, like return flight.

GangStarr wrote:
Oct 1st, 2018 2:55 am

Also I’ve heard to watch out for OTA who for example book on air Canada stock 014 but first flight is on Lufthansa metal. I’ve heard it’s done to dodge some minor tax LH charges and that’s another trick in the OTA book
That's not a problem, UA/AC/LH group have JV over ATL, it doesn't matter whose ticket or who is flying.
GangStarr wrote:
Oct 1st, 2018 2:55 am

As much as this forum says don’t deal with OTA depending where your flying theses OTA really paste together good ticket combos both on price and quick connects. I personally will use an OTA if I can’t book direct but only a Canada based one which is part of TICO. Not saying TICO is amazing but better then foreign jobs.
You will be fine with major OTA, like expedia/priceline etc, the problem with unknown OTA is their customer service.
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from an airline standpoint, is there a difference on what stock a ticket is issued?
let's say i have a flight Lufthansa issued by AC, do I get a different experience from someone who booked with LH?

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