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1. Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) 
OTAs often package everything from hotel rooms to rental cars to restaurant reservations on top of flights to lure you in. You can even earn rewards miles when booking via an OTA . However, the only instance where you can’t earn reward points when booking with an OTA is when buying pre-packaged vacations.

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2. Booking Directly with Airlines
Airlines would prefer you to book directly through them. If the price changes after you buy your ticket, many airlines will get you the difference back1. Sometimes, you might find a lower last-minute fare on an OTA, or occasionally, you may find a glitch in the system offering an outrageously low fare, but the best deals are almost always found when you book directly through an airline’s website.

Is it cheaper to book flights through airlines
     - Is it cheaper to book flights through airlines

3. Add-on Fees
Booking directly through airlines involves navigating a maze of fees, add-on offers, and confusing seat selection choices. The resulting price at checkout is often higher than the advertised price.

4. Rewards Programs
Airlines sometimes offer special perks when you book directly through them, particularly if you belong to their rewards program.

In conclusion, while OTAs might offer competitive prices, booking directly through the airline can provide more convenience, potential refunds if prices change, and special perks for members of their rewards programs. 

However, be aware of additional fees that can make the final price higher when booking directly with airlines.

2023/11/03 20:06 2023/11/03 20:06
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