Author Topic: Booking codeshare flights  (Read 2811 times)


  • Bristles
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Booking codeshare flights
« on: January 18, 2014, 01:13:27 PM »
I am looking to take a trip to Mexico next month from Calgary, AB.  When I search on Google flights I get some flights in the low $500 range that are codeshare flights with United/Air Canada.  You can't book on Google Flights, so I go to both Air Canada and United sites and they are giving me the same flights for around $800.  However when I use Orbitz I do in fact see the codeshare flights at the price that GoogleFlights found it at.  Are discounted codeshare flights only available through the third party sites?


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Re: Booking codeshare flights
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2014, 06:52:05 AM »
Ask in the flyertalk forums (  They'll be better at answering that question (and will probably help you find better deals)


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Re: Booking codeshare flights
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2014, 04:26:22 PM »
Airline pricing is complicated. It's even more complicated when you're dealing with multiple airlines, which have various codeshare agreements with each other. It's possible that when you buy through the United or Air Canada sites, you have to pay more because each airline is paying the other a premium rate to put you on their planes for half of your trip. Orbitz and similar sites have completely different agreements with all of the airlines. If you booked the United leg on and the Air Canada leg on, you might pay a total rate that's closer to what you see on Orbitz.


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Re: Booking codeshare flights
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2014, 05:39:59 PM »
call them. the phone reps will be able to put together flights that you can't on the computer