Posted: 11/9/2017

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We all want the best deal possible when booking a flight because, let’s face it, airfare can be pricey. Should you buy directly from the airline’s website or through a third party that lets you compare prices? These are things to consider carefully when you are contemplating travel.

We all want the best deal possible when booking a flight because, let’s face it, airfare can be pricey. Should you buy directly from the airline’s website or through a third party that lets you compare prices? These are things to consider carefully when you are contemplating travel. We’ve got some useful tips and information to help you when making plane reservations.

Comparing Prices

Cost comparison sites are a helpful tool to get an idea of how much it will cost to get to your destination and back. But comparisons may not always be similar. For example, some sites may not include certain costs, such as baggage fees. Also, the cost to cancel or change a flight may be more than the airline’s fees.  Check that the quote you are given also provides information on fees and conditions. Airlines must allow you to cancel for free within the first 24 hours after booking a flight. However, keep in mind that if you didn’t book directly with the airline, you could still be charged a fee. This is why it is always a good idea to review cancellation policies before booking a flight.

Booking Sites

Booking sites are a convenient way to reserve a flight. Always check out the reputation of any booking site you plan to use. Consumers have been scammed by phony and unfamiliar booking sites that pop up. Take notice of misspellings, prices that are notably lower than usual, and fake contact information. Beware that some scams use the same logos and design as legitimate sites to fool consumers. Verify that you are on an authentic site before entering any information. Check reviews and reports on the company first. Start by visiting www.checkbca.org.

Confirm Your Ticket

Making a reservation does not insure you have a ticket. Once reservations are made, the airline issues a ticket. Once you receive ticket information, directly verify it with the airline immediately.

Some Additional Tidbits

Prices often fluctuate throughout the day, so search often for deals. Sign up for email alerts from airlines for added deals. Check with family and friends for bargains on airline tickets. Follow the airline on social media for special announcements, discounts, and sales. Consider using a travel agent to find a good deal. Consider buying tickets from an airline that will refund the difference in fare if the price goes down.

You can land a good bargain on a flight by checking out deals, verifying that you’re dealing with a reputable business, and by doing your homework.

About Business Consumer Alliance

Business Consumer Alliance (BCA) is a non-profit company that started in 1928. The broad purpose of BCA is to promote business self-regulation. BCA's mission is achieved by assisting consumers in resolving complaints with businesses and using that complaint information, along with other relevant information such as customer reviews, to forecast business reliability. With community support, BCA can identify trustworthy and ethical businesses and warn the public to avoid unscrupulous businesses whose purpose is to defraud the marketplace. BCA also helps businesses promote themselves by providing services and tools to protect their business and reach out to their customers. BCA obtains its funding from member businesses who support the mission and purpose of the organization and who agree to abide by high standards of ethical business practices.

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