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Subject: Proposed FAQ Date: 5/24/2002 7:05 PM
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Here's a proposed FAQ for the board. Let me know if you've got any more links or suggestions, or if there's something that you feel should be added/subtracted/fixed.

Cody

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Cheap Air Fares FAQ

• How to get the most from this page
• TMFKojo's article
• General travel info
• Consolidator info
• Bid for tickets
• Travel portals
• Airfare search engine
• "Space available" flights
• Courier flights
• Discount airfare sites
• Youth travel sites
• Airlines: U.S.
• Airlines: Canada
• Airlines: Europe
• Airlines: Central/South America
• Airlines: Africa/Middle East
• Airlines: Asia
• Airlines: South Pacific
• Airline quality
• Safety & security
• Other online fora

How to get the most from this page

Welcome, Fool! If you're looking for great investment ideas, well – this isn't the board for you. We're here to help you save money the next time you take to the skies. You'll have the best chance of success if you do some homework first before posting a request for help, and the links you'll find below will give you a great head start.

First, there are two articles that I think everyone should read. Not coincidentally, they're the first two links you'll find below. One is TMFKojo's article from October 2000 detailing the air fare search procedure she uses, which is an excellent starting point. The other is the Bucket Shops FAQ, which gives great insight into the strange, warped world of air fares.

Start by snooping around various sites to see what you find. At each site you visit, make sure you read the "fine print". Some sites' prices don't include taxes or fees, others do. Some show only tickets that are actually available, while others will "bait and switch" you with low, albeit sold out, fares. Some sites have poor reputations for customer service – check previous posts on this board (or post a new one) to see if anyone has any opinions on a ticket vendor, good or bad.

Don't overlook airline web sites, as they sometimes have Internet-only specials. Others may offer a nominal discount for buying a ticket online. If you want, many airlines will e-mail you their latest specials each week (Icelandair's Lucky Fares are a shining example). Some airlines hold online auctions (Lufthansa and TAP Air Portugal come to mind) that can be a great source of bargains.

There are also those "no-frills" airlines that are simply cheaper than the rest. Europe is bursting at the seams with them – Go, easyJet, Buzz and Ryanair are the main ones. In the U.S., Southwest is the king, but others are popping up. And in Canada, WestJet provides welcome relief from Air Canada's stranglehold.

If you can be a little flexible in your travel dates, you may have better luck finding cheap tickets. Play around with different combinations of dates – some sites will do this for you automatically. You may also find better deals by flying out of or into alternate airports. You may want to look into "open-jaw" tickets, where you fly into one city and return from another – these are usually no more expensive than ordinary return tickets, but can come in very handy. However, not all online ticket sites offer open-jaws as an option.

Don't limit yourself to the Internet. Sometimes, a professional travel agent can find better deals than you can, so don't hesitate to ask. Call a few travel agents and see what they can find. If you're in a larger city it can be useful to check travel agencies in ethnic neighbourhoods, as they'll likely specialize in cheap fares back to the "mother country".

Finally, when you post your request for assistance on this board, be specific. Tell us where you're flying from and where you'd like to go. Give us as specific dates as possible, both outbound and return. And tell us what cheap fares you've found so far. We'll do our best to try and save you some cash.

Happy travels!

TMFKojo's article:

http://www.fool.com/Specials/2000/sp001011.htm

Consolidator info:

Airline Ticket Consolidators and Bucket Shops FAQ
http://www.hasbrouck.org/faq/

General travel info:

Budget Travel
http://www.budgettravel.com/

Frommer's
http://www.frommers.com/

In Your Pocket (city guides)
http://www.inyourpocket.com/

Lonely Planet
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/

Practical Nomad
http://hasbrouck.org/

Rick Steves Europe
http://www.ricksteves.com/

Travel Library
http://www.travel-library.com/

Bid for tickets:

Daily Auction
http://www.thedailyauction.com/

Hotwire
http://www.hotwire.com/

Priceline
http://www.priceline.com/

Sky Auction
http://www.skyauction.com/

Travel portals:

Travelocity
http://www.travelocity.com/

Expedia
http://www.expedia.com/

Orbitz
http://www.orbitz.com/

American Express
http://travel.americanexpress.com/

Yahoo!
http://travel.yahoo.com/

Airfare search engine:

QIXO
http://www.qixo.com/

"Space available" flights:

Airhitch
http://www.airhitch.org/

Air Tech
http://www.airtech.com/

Courier flights:

Air Courier Association
http://www.aircourier.org/

Air Courier Directory
http://www.courierlist.com/

Air Courier Travel
http://www.courier.org/

Global Courier Travel
http://www.couriertravel.org/

Discount airfare sites:

1-877-femtrip
http://www.1877femtrip.com/

4Airlines
http://www.4airlines.com/

11th Hour Vacations
http://www.11thhourvacations.com/

Adventure Bound
http://www.adventure-bound.com/

AESU
http://www.aesu.com/

Air4Less
http://www.air4less.com/

Airfare.com
http://www.airfare.com/

Air Treks (multi-stop & round-the-world specialists)
http://www.airtreks.com/

AOW!
http://www.flyaow.com/

BestFares.com
http://www.bestfares.com/

Big Ben's Travel
http://www.bigbenstravel.com/

Cheap Tickets
http://www.cheaptickets.com/

Discount Airfares
http://www.discount-airfares.com/

Discount Flights
http://www.discountflights.com/

Economy Travel
http://www.economytravel.com/

Europe By Air (cheap flights and air passes)
http://www.europebyair.com/

FareBase (U.K.)
http://www.farebase.net/

FareChase
http://www.farechase.com/

Flights.com
http://www.flights.com/

Fly Cheap
http://www.flycheap.com/

Go Today
http://www.gotoday.com/

Herman's (Canada)
http://www.herman.on.ca/

InfoHub
http://www.infohub.com/

JustFares.com
http://www.justfares.com/

LastMinute.com
http://www.lastminute.com/

My Travel
http://www.mytravelco.com/

OneTravel.com
http://www.onetravel.com/

Only Travel
http://www.only-travel.com/

SideStep
http://www.sidestep.com/

Smarter Living
http://www.smarterliving.com/

The Travel Site
http://www.thetravelsite.com/

TravelHUB
http://www.travelhub.com/

Travel Secrets
http://www.travelsecrets.com/

Travel Select
http://www.travelselect.com/

TravelSITE (yes, a different one)
http://www.travelsite.com/

Travel Team
http://www.travelteam.com/

TravelZoo
http://www.travelzoo.com/

Trip.com
http://www.trip.com/

Tripeze
http://www.tripeze.com/

Web Flyer
http://www.webflyer.com/

World Wide Air
http://www.worldwideair.com/

Youth travel sites:

AirTran
http://www.airtran.com/

Council Travel
http://www.counciltravel.com/

Kilroy Travels (European)
http://www.kilroytravels.com/

STA Travel
http://www.sta-travel.com/

Student Universe
http://www.studentuniverse.com/

Airlines

Note: there are literally hundreds of airlines operating around the world – far more than I care to list here. For a more comprehensive list try here:
http://dir.yahoo.com/Business_and_Economy/Shopping_and_Services/Travel_and_Transportation/Airlines/

Airlines: U.S.

Alaska Airlines
http://www.alaska-air.com/

America West
http://www.americawest.com/

American Airlines
http://www.aa.com/

ATA (hubs in Chicago and Indianapolis)
http://www.ata.com/

Continental
http://www.continental.com/

Delta
http://www.delta.com/

Frontier
http://www.frontierairlines.com/

Hawaiian Airlines
http://www.hawaiianair.com/

Horizon Air
http://www.horizonair.com/

JetBlue (Around the U.S. to/from New York)
http://www.jetblue.com/

Midway (east coast via Raleigh/Durham)
http://www.midwayair.com/

Midwest Express (to and from Milwaukee, Omaha, K.C.)
http://www.midwestexpress.com/

National Airlines (to and from Vegas)
http://www.nationalairlines.com/

Northwest
http://www.nwa.com/

Pan American (New England & Florida)
http://www.flypanam.com/

Southwest
http://www.southwest.com/

United
http://www.united.com/

U.S. Airways
http://www.usair.com/

Airlines: Canada

Air Canada
http://www.aircanada.ca/

Air Transat
http://www.airtransat.com/

First Air (across the Arctic)
http://www.firstair.ca/

WestJet
http://www.westjet.com/

Airlines: Europe

Aer Lingus
http://www.aerlingus.com/

Aeroflot
http://www.aeroflot.com/

Air France
http://www.airfrance.com/

Alitalia
http://www.alitalia.it/

Austrian Airlines
http://www.austrianair.com/

British Airways
http://www.britishairways.com/

British Midland
http://www.flybmi.com/

Buzz
http://www.buzzaway.com/

Condor
http://www.condor.de/

Croatia Airlines
http://www.croatiaairlines.hr/

Czech Airlines
http://www.csa.cz/

easyJet
http://www.easyjet.co.uk/

Finnair
http://www.finnair.fi/

Go
http://www.go-fly.co.uk/

Iberia
http://www.iberia.com/

Icelandair
http://www.icelandair.com/

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
http://www.klm.com/

LOT Polish Airlines
http://www.lot.com/

LTU
http://www.ltu-airways.com/

Lufthansa
http://www.lufthansa.com/

Malev
http://www.malev.hu/

Martinair
http://www.martinair.com/

Olympic Airways
http://www.olympic-airways.gr/

Ryanair
http://www.ryanair.com/

SAS Scandinavian Airlines
http://www.scandinavian.net/

SN Brussels Airlines (formerly Sabena)
http://www.brussels-airlines.com/

SpanAir
http://www.spanair.com/

Swiss International Air Lines
http://www.swiss.com/

TAP Air Portugal
http://www.tap-airportugal.pt/

Virgin Atlantic
http://www.virgin-atlantic.com/

Airlines: Central/South America

Aerolineas Argentinas
http://www.aerolineas.com.ar/

Aeromexico
http://www.aeromexico.com/

Cubana
http://www.cubana.cu/

LanChile
http://www.lanchile.com/

Mexicana
http://www.mexicana.com/

Varig
http://www.varig.com.br/

Airlines: Africa/Middle East

EgyptAir
http://www.egyptair.com.eg/

El Al
http://www.elal.co.il/

Iran Airlines
http://www.iranair.nl/

Kenya Airways
http://www.kenya-airways.com/

Royal Jordanian
http://www.rja.com.jo/

Saudi Arabian Airlines
http://www.saudiairlines.com/

South African Airways
http://www.flysaa.com/

Turkish Airlines
http://www.turkishairlines.com/

Airlines: Asia

Air China
http://www.airchina.com.cn/

Air India
http://www.airindia.com/

All Nippon Airways (ANA)
http://www.fly-ana.com/

Asiana
http://us.flyasiana.com/

Cathay Pacific
http://www.cathaypacific.com/

China Airlines
http://www.china-airlines.com/

Japan Air Lines
http://www.jal.co.jp/e/

Korean Air
http://www.koreanair.com/

Pakistan International Airlines
http://www.piac.com.pk/

Phillipine Airlines
http://www.philippineair.com/

Singapore Airlines
http://www.singaporeair.com/

Thai Airways International
http://www.thaiair.com/

Airlines: South Pacific

Australian Airlines
http://www.australianairlines.com.au/

Air New Zealand
http://www.airnewzealand.com/

Malaysia Airlines
http://www.malaysiaairlines.com/

Qantas
http://www.qantas.com.au/r

Airline Quality:

Airline Quality Ratings
http://cid.unomaha.edu/~unoai/research/aqrindex.html

Epinions: Travel
http://www.epinions.com/trvl

Seat pitch
http://www.cheapflights.co.uk/misc/legroom_report.html

Skytrax
http://www.airlinequality.com/

Safety & security:

AirDisaster.com
http://www.airdisaster.com/

AirSafe.com
http://www.airsafe.com/

Am I going down?
http://www.amigoingdown.com/

CIA World Factbook
http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/

Come Back Alive – The World's Most Dangerous Places
http://www.comebackalive.com/

Deep vein thrombosis
http://www.cheapflights.co.uk/misc/flyersguide_bc.html

Inflight Safety Page
http://www.plsys.co.uk/~anna/inflight.html

Practical Nomad: Advice to air travelers
http://hasbrouck.org/articles/airportclosings.html

Travel Advisories:
U.S. State Department: http://travel.state.gov/travel_warnings.html
Government of Canada: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/destinations/menu_e.htm

Travelers tips & prohibited items
http://www.tsa.dot.gov/workingwithtsa/travel.htm

Other online fora:

EuroTrip Cheap Flights Forum
http://www.eurotrip.com/forum/

Flyer Talk
http://www.flyertalk.com/

TMF: Best Travel Spots/Tips
http://boards.fool.com/Messages.asp?bid=112908

Again, happy travels!

Cody
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