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Hotel plus flight on Expedia -- any tips?

It seems to me that flight+hotel deals on Expedia (to Germany in this case, with convenient flights that allow a free checked bag -- so not the bare-bones cheapest possible) are a good deal. Is there any particular time or day to book that gets better rates, or anything else I should know before booking?

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Think long and hard before booking your hotel and flight with Expedia as opposed to booking directly with the airline and hotel. You may save some money booking with Expedia, but in the event that anything goes wrong, neither the airline nor the hotel will be your friend - their response will be that your issue is with Expedia, not them.

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5487 posts

Just read the fine print and you'll be fine. The packaged deals are legitimate and many people save quite a bit on them.

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1960 posts

Many packages are non-refundable. Watch the type of room very carefully. Don’t be surprised when the price is higher when you go to checkout and there are other fees you did not anticipate. When you get to the hotel have all your print outs with you and if you have an issue expect they will blame Expedia. Long story short-I would never do this for an overseas vacation. I want to book directly with the hotel and the airline.

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6780 posts

It’s easy enough to book plane tickets and hotels. It may work for you, and then again it could turn into a real can of worms if something goes amiss and you attempt to fix it directly with the hotel or with the airlines.

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6084 posts

My wife gets emails from a number of flight discounters. The other day, they offered a $425 round trip from Nashville to Berlin and we grabbed it. She was seeing a $525 Atlanta to Munich round trip today. Such buys often pop up for a few hours, and you've got to be prepared to jump on it.

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Wouldn't booking through a flight discounter be subject to the same kind of "not our problem" response if anything goes wrong?

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1650 posts

Wouldn't booking through a flight discounter be subject to the same kind of "not our problem" response if anything goes wrong?

Yes! Some people use discounters and have wonderful vacations. Personally, I have heard and read too many horror stories about people whose vacations were shot to hell after booking with discounters, including Expedia. I'm just too paranoid to go that route - but reasonable minds differ.

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744 posts

I've booked flight plus hotel packages to Italy on Expedia twice in the last 18 months. I usually prefer booking directly with an airline but the price was many hundreds of USD less on Expedia each timeso I booked it. In both cases everything went fine. However, I made sure to book my seats directly on the airline website and checked the flight times and seat assignments on the airlines' websites every several weeks until flight time.

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11196 posts

I’ve been traveling to Europe since the early 80s ( as an adult ) and I would never use a flight discounter or any third party - I always book directly with airline - always !

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Booking directly with Lufthansa or United would be over $2000 EACH just for airfare. Booking through Expedia gives us airfare for two plus 8 nights hotel for around $2000. Do the people who book directly through the airlines have some way of finding cheaper fares? What am I missing here? :(

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445 posts

You aren’t missing anything as many forum posters prefer to book directly with hotels and airlines. Many set up fare notifications too.
Go ahead and book your trip and then verify that the airline has your reservation and do the same with your hotel. As someone else said, check your air reservation frequently and enjoy your trip.
Also, get the record locator number from Expedia and do get your seat assignment when you book.

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10889 posts

What Diane said. Expedia is legitimate and reliable; while we do not use them ( we book with miles), I have a number of friends and family members who do. The main issue that could come up is changes in the flight times. Monitor your reservations carefully to catch any schedule changes in case Expedia fails to notify you. Just remember that It will be up to Expedia to fix any glitches if they arise.

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5487 posts

Booking directly with Lufthansa or United would be over $2000 EACH
just for airfare.

That seems unusually high for airfare (I'm sure you could do better than that from a large airline market like Denver), but even if it was $1,000 each, the Expedia deal would still make more sense.

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6780 posts

Also when you book directly with hotels the price they offer includes all taxes...some hotel booking sites offer you deceptively low prices because they don’t include the taxes and other things like perhaps breakfast or free WiFi that you might receive if booking directly with the hotel.

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169 posts

Think long and hard before booking your hotel and flight with Expedia
as opposed to booking directly with the airline and hotel. You may
save some money booking with Expedia, but in the event that anything
goes wrong, neither the airline nor the hotel will be your friend -
their response will be that your issue is with Expedia, not them.

Can I get a big amen? AMEN!

With rare exceptions, I never book through third parties anymore. I've had too many things go wrong and no way to get recourse. My worst example is booking a hotel room in Manhattan through Hotels.com. There is something on their app that causes the dates to sometimes change from what you entered when you did your search (and I'm wondering if this is an actual scam, where they have a "teaser" rate, but it's never for the date you want, and it will default to another date.) I've actually caught this a number of times when booking with them - like, "whoops, wait a minute, that's not the dates I entered!" - but one time I didn't catch it and it cost me big time. I booked a room in Manhattan at an unbelievable rate of $147/night and showed up at the hotel only to be told the reservation was for the following week and a room for that night was over $500. I had no choice but to pay the $500 AND the reservation with the great rate was "non-refundable," so I lost the $147, too. The hotel said, "sorry, if you booked through a third party, you have to take it up with them." And you can guess about how helpful Hotels.com was.

With Expedia, it has happened not once but TWICE that I've rented a car through them, gotten an email confirmation, only to arrive at the car rental agency and be told they have no cars. TWICE! Both times, Enterprise insisted it was Expedia's fault, and Expedia did nothing to help and I was stranded without a car. (Screw me once, shame on you, screw me twice, shame on me!)

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What time of year are you looking at the $2000 airfares?