I am like @beachbride1216: I prefer to book direct with the Airlines… (or I use my AirMiles Rewards… “the blue card” we have in Canada)
I prefer direct flights… and I also find good deals dealing direct with the Airlines without the hassle of bidding etc.
PLUS, as a long time traveller, I’ve come to appreciate the fact that buying direct also means you are better covered in case something should go wrong with your Reservation
1- Because if you paid direct, and have it on a Credit Card
2- Because you are THEIR CUSTOMER
When you buy thru a 3rd Party… you are essentially buying AS IS. So the Airlines have the right to refuse to deal with you by their choosing (unusual circumstance) and you’ll be left out in the cold trying to deal with whatever company you purchased thru… such as Hotwire, Priceline etc. And in most cases that isn’t going to go well… (NOTE many of them don’t have a Phone Number, or an Agent… just a website or an email address).
So not going to help me when I am stranded in an airport half-way around the world trying desperately to get somewhere or home.
Nope, my money is on the Airlines in those situations… they aren’t perfect but they are a H#LL of a lot better than sleeping any longer than I have to on the floor at an Airport (PLUS having to shell out full fare with the Airline anyhow to get a last minute ticket so I can move forward)
Stuff for consideration if you are booking a more complicated trip with connecting flights etc.
Hope this helps,
PS… Airlines Ticket prices are all over the map. You may be paying $ 800 for your seat, and other people in the row $ 399 or $ 1200 (or like me “just tax” if I went on my AirMiles)
A lot depends on WHEN you book. Best bet is always to do so as far in advance as possible… as the more the seats sell out, and closer to the date, the higher the fares.
You can GOOGLE there are actually Travel Writers (websites) that track flight pricing. They’ll tell you when they think a particular flight is a good buy or not… and even tips on which days offer better deals if you stuck without a lot of advance notice.