Let’s say you’re a United Airlines Mileage Plus junkie, like I used to be and many travelers are. Most members of one particular airline’s frequent flier program are so single-minded, that they only price out tickets on that particular airline website. And that’s a HUGE mistake. Here’s why.
Take for example my experience today, while looking to get a one-way ticket from Los Angeles to Toronto for my wife in a few weeks. United.com was showing non-stops for $525 but when I checked other websites, the price dropped to $347. The craziest part is that it was for the exact same flight. You see, United doesn’t fly nonstop between Los Angeles and Toronto. Instead they sell tickets on their codeshare and Star Alliance partner Air Canada. See screenshot below.
Most savvy travelers know there’s not one website out there that has the absolute cheapest price for airfares, hotels, car rentals, cruises and package deals, so the trick is to do your research and check them all (including travel agents) to see who has the best deal at that moment in time. Prices can vary greatly even for the same flights.
Imagine saving almost $200 per ticket just by spending a minute of your time? It’s amazing isn’t it? Especially for a family of four. Even better, frequent flier members still earn their miles.
So my point is to not let the airlines rip you off! Price out fares using multiple search engines. We have an excellent one on JohnnyJet.com and I’m not even trying to get you to book on them. I just want you to see for yourself how much money you can save. In fact, price it out on our site and then go to that particular airline to book with them.
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