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Learning to Fly 101

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Mammoth Lakes, California AirportWinter is here and with that Mammoth will be adding additional flights. This will be a great learning experience for many but it doesn’t have to be. This lesson will start from the beginning. Learning how to book a ticket. First things first everyone is looking for the cheapest way to fly. If your only planning on flying to one destination with one flight the cheapest way is amazing. But if you have a connection that cheap ticket could end up costing you in the end. When you book a ticket the best advice I can give you is book everything in the same record. Every airline has a partner airline that will get you to anywhere you need to go. Although it may not always be the cheapest way to fly it is a huge risk to book tickets separately. This risk could end up costing you a lot more in the end. Lets take a trip to New York. Passenger A booked everything online through www.alaskaair.com for around $500, Passenger B booked everything by using one of the many cheaper companies that offer low prices for $300. This sounds great but each ticket is separate $100 to fly from Mammoth to Los Angeles and $200 to fly from Los Angeles to New York.

Now lets look at a couple scenarios. First scenario is easy everything works out perfectly and the passengers paid what they paid for their flights and got to go on their vacation. This scenario happens however we all know the airlines don’t always go by our plans. Now lets look at a delay/cancellation scenario. The flight is delayed 2hrs/cancelled from Mammoth to Los Angeles. Both passengers are now going to miss their connection to New York. Passenger A goes up to the ticket counter and gets re-booked for the next available flight at no cost due to the passenger booking the full ticket under one reservation. Passenger B gets to call the second airline to try and get them to rebook his ticket due to the delay/cancellation. Since his tickets are separate he will be responsible for any change fees. These fees can range anywhere from $25 to $200. That is only if the passenger is able to get a flight the same day. If their are no other flights that day the fees sky rocket to a $100 to $300 change fee plus the difference in the price of the ticket. Since he is now forced to buy a ticket for the next day his original price of $250 can now cost over $1000. For this example we will say the difference in price is $750.

So Passenger A paid $500 total for his tickets while passenger by now paid $100 from Mammoth to LA, $750+$200 for the flight to New York plus a $150 change fee for a total of $1100. And that’s domestic, image trying to rebook for a flight to London which could be in excess of $3000. The final reason to book in the same record is that if the first flight cancels if it is all in the same record the airlines can refund the ticket entirely. If you don’t you can refund the first ticket while your still responsible for the second, whether you fly or not. The reality is book everything under the same reservation to save yourself the headache and in the end risking more money than you want to realize. These prices were made up so that they would be easier to follow and break down. In the real world you could be spending thousands more than this depending on destination and airline. The bottom line is spend a couple extra bucks avoid the headache and risk by booking everything in the same record.

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