Trailfinders vs. Travel-Nation
Replies: 21 - Last Post: Jan 30, 2013 11:36 PM Last Post By: max_mexico
Jan 30, 2013 4:10 AM
15Thanks for all your advice.
max_mexico - I had a look at trying to buy the flights myself but for the dates I want it came out at least £400 more expensive than TN or Trailfinders. Also, I'm a first time solo traveller and would find it easier to just use a company to sort all the flights out for me - lazy, I know ;-)
I have til tomorrow to book these flights at this price (according to TF - I assume it's the same with TN as the tickets are the same). How much do you reckon it will go up by, if at all, if I don't book by tomorrow? Or is it impossible to tell?
Also, bit off topic, but I've been reading about the drug laws in SE Asia (esp Singapore) and I'm getting a bit freaked out. I'm not into drugs at all, but I keep having visions of collecting my bag at Singapore airport and finding someone has planted drugs in my bag. Does stuff like this happen or am I being totally irrational?! Please, help ease my fears and apologies if this makes me sound like an idiot!
Jan 30, 2013 8:51 AM
Most important question: When are you flying out? If more than 3 months away for example, then likely the price will not go up if you wait another week. If less than 6-8 weeks away, I'd want to book it sooner rather than later. Especially if any flights happen during summer (high season, higher demand, higher prices).
Personally, I would not worry about someone planting drugs in your bag.
Jan 30, 2013 12:04 PM
17OP, the flight price depends on seats - airlines will have certain seats at certain prices, once these seats are sold the price goes up. So not booking by tomorrow may not affect the price at all or it could be that your flight being released means the last seat at a certain price gets taken up and then after-tomorrow the price has suddenly gone up. You can always ask TF or TN to re-hold the seat, so they'd release them and rehold them straight away to give yourself a few more days.
Jan 30, 2013 12:52 PM
Jan 30, 2013 1:14 PM
19As Toad says...its pot luck. Statistically of course,the later you leave it,the more likely that the cheap seats will be sold...but its not inevitable.If no-one wants them at that price they will still be there even a day before....
The drug thing IS totally irrational.Howver,locking your luggage is a good idea...more to keep people from stealing your stuff than putting things in your bag.
Jan 30, 2013 3:21 PM
20Lol, cheers - when you put it like that it is a bit of a ridiculous fear.
I've gone for the TN offer in the end. Didn't seem like too shabby a deal, especially given a flight from NZ to London would be about £700 alone!
I'm sure I'll be back on these forums asking for advice in the run up to my departure. Until then, thanks v much!
Jan 30, 2013 11:36 PM
21It was not a horrible deal, no, although we showed you how you could do it for at least £200 cheaper by booking yourself. In the end, why did you pick TN over TF?
Btw -- looking at one-way ticket prices is highly misleading. One-way tickets are in fact sometimes more expensive than returns. In your case, London-Dubai-Singapore-Melbourne//Christchurch-Sydney-Bangkok-Dubai-London with Emirates with multiple layovers is just over £900 (depending on dates). You can build some pretty amazing bargain itineraries if you know how to search and put enough time into it.
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