View Full Version : Airline Ticket Help

03-03-2008, 02:38 PM
Ok, I don't really post here much, but I've been around for a long time. Here's the deal: I'm going to be graduating from college this coming June and I have been looking to find a good job to start out with. As a Sport Management major, I naturally have been looking to work for a professional sports team. I have interviewed with the Phoenix Suns and they want me to fly out there for a game and discuss the position further. As a college student, I have far from large amounts of disposable income. I was wondering if anyone has used travelocity, priceline, expedia, or knows of any other way of acquiring a plane ticket at the most reasonable price from the Canton/Cleveland area. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

03-03-2008, 02:40 PM
Have you discussed with them the option of reimbursement? That would be the first thing I would do. The worst they can do is say no.

03-03-2008, 02:45 PM
You should check southwest airline www.southwest.com

03-03-2008, 02:46 PM
If they can't reimburse you, at least ask them if they have any airlines with which they have a corporate discount, or who makes lots of flights into the area.

Not sure where you live, but if you live anywhere near Cincinnati, you might as well plan on flying out of Dayton, Columbus, Louisville or Indy. You'll save major bucks. It's well worth the drive. I'm flying tomorow from Dayton to Milwaukee and it's going to be around $400 cheaper than the same flight from Cincinnati.

Sea Ray
03-03-2008, 02:54 PM
You should check southwest airline www.southwest.com

I think that's a good option. They have tons of flights to Phoenix from Louisville, Columbus and Indy. If you want to try and get something even cheaper then take your best deal from SW and shop it on Priceline. Do a name your own price for something like 50-75% of the best SW fare.

03-03-2008, 04:43 PM
I like www.kayak.com and www.lowestfare.com. They've gotten me lower fares than otherwise available.

Priceline is good but you have to be aware that you may not get your price (ticket).

03-03-2008, 04:44 PM
I would think you would find the cheapest fare going between Cleveland to Phoenix, rather than Akron/Canton to Phoenix, but I could be mistaken.

Priceline, Travelocity, Expedia, Hotwire, Orbitz, they're all the same, except with Priceline you can name your price, and if they accept it great. If they do accept your price, then you're stuck flying when they want you to fly. If you have nothing to do 1 day before, and 1 day after your interview, then I would recommend Priceline, since you'll be guaranteed flights on those days but like I said, won't know when until your price is accepted. You can find flights up to as much as 50% off listed fares at Priceline.

If you're on a strict schedule, I would recommend actually visiting a travel agent. Sometimes you'd be surprised what they can do for you.

03-03-2008, 04:51 PM
One thing to remember about orbitz, travelocity, expedia is that southwest probably isn't going to be listed there. not sure if they show up on hotwire & priceline.

03-03-2008, 05:08 PM
www.itasoftware.com. log in as a guest. This will give you the fares available and the booking codes. you can then go to the airlines website and book.

Southwest will NOT show up on these however and it's a good bet they will have a very competitive fare for your route. Go to their website directly to book.

Also, if you use orbitz or travelocity to search, go directly to the airline's website to purchase, this avoids the fee the search engines place on purchasing the tickets through them.

03-03-2008, 05:40 PM
I would suggest you consider alternate airports and drive a bit to your destination or look into departing from Columbus, Cleveland or Pittsburgh, which will likely have airlines offering lower fares than those at CAK.

Here's a site that makes it easy to compare the lowest fares to different destinations from CAK (http://www.bestfares.com/travel/fare-map-zones.do?origin=CAK).

03-03-2008, 06:09 PM
Check your PMs.