There are tricks to every trade, including travel

In Airfares, Consumer, Shopping, Uncategorized by scott

Awhile back, I gave up trying to explain to travelers why travel agents make a difference. At a certain point, either you “get it” or you don’t.

Case and point: I was chatting with some travelers earlier this week. One young man was looking for a cheap ticket to Seattle (who isn’t?). They had tried all the websites–and they asked me which ones I used.

I was noncommittal. Not because I don’t use all the websites they mentioned (Orbitz.com, Cheaptickets.com, Kayak.com, alaskaair.com). Rather, because those websites cannot give me the information I need to make the informed choice.

As it turned out, I got this fellow a ticket to San Francisco, with a free stop in Seattle (for two months). That little Judo chop saved him $100 off the ridiculous $388 one-way air fare to Seattle from Anchorage on Alaska Airlines.

There are tricks to every trade. And your travel professionals at USTravel work with this stuff day and night. They know their way around prices. Around service. They know when the cheapest fare isn’t always the best (think “Spirit” or “Ryanair“). Heck–they can tell you when you’re going to save money by booking a car or hotel at the same time.

Travel agents are worth the extra fee (typically $38 for a domestic ticket). Call Karen or Melinda in Anchorage at (907)561-2434 or (800)544-2217 toll-free. Or, check the all-new website for the office nearest you in Fairbanks, Kodiak, Juneau, Ketchikan, Dutch Harbor, Seattle, Prudhoe Bay–you know….anywhere!

In the meantime, let’s take a look at some great air fares:

Anchorage-San Francisco: $414 roundtrip, all-in
Anchorage-Portland: $399 roundtrip, all-in
Anchorage-Denver: $356 roundtrip, all-in
Anchorage-Chicago: $468 roundtrip, all-in
Anchorage-Washington, DC $444 roundtrip, all-in
Anchorage-New York (JFK): $478 roundtrip, all-in
Anchorage-Hartford, CT: $478 roundtrip, all-in
Anchorage-Frankfurt, Germany: $1,004 roundtrip, all-in
Fairbanks-Frankfurt, Germany: $1082 roundtrip, all-in
Fairbanks-Denver: $474 roundtrip, all-in

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