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How do travel agents see more flights than their clients can

Gainesville, Florida
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How do travel agents see more flights than their clients can

MCO>PHL>BUD: Depart MCO at 2:14 and asrrive at BUD at 9:35 the next morning. That appears to be exActy the flight my travel agent was talking about based on flight times, airlines, and airports. There was just one problem: All we would get are 1:32 minutes at PHL instead of the 4 hours my TA mentioned. What can this happen in less than a week?

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Sydney, Australia
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for Train Travel
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1. Re: How do travel agents see more flights than their clients can

Best ask your TA.

San Francisco...
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2. Re: How do travel agents see more flights than their clients can

If the flight numbers and flight times are all the same, then it seems the TA was wrong about the length of the connection.

Portland, Oregon
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3. Re: How do travel agents see more flights than their clients can

Magic.

Golden, Canada
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for Regina
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4. Re: How do travel agents see more flights than their clients can

Lol. Probably because they paid for stuff you didn't. Did you try taking advantage of a travel agent? Shame on you.

Hong Kong, China
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for Hong Kong, Osaka
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5. Re: How do travel agents see more flights than their clients can

Sometimes, a TA might be able to give you legal, interline combinations that the normal public won't see. For example, my agent might be able to issue Star Alliance carrier + a Oneworld carrier flights on the same ticket, something normally not available on the respective airline's own websites.

Sydney, Australia
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6. Re: How do travel agents see more flights than their clients can

Am I being a bit mathematically challenged here? How can identical flight combos that have the same depart time and final arrival time (2:14 MCO and 9:35 BUD) have different transit times in PHL (1:32 min vs 4 hrs). Is it even possible that the MCO-PHL leg can be 2:30 hrs slower in the version the OP can see vs the TA version?

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San Francisco...
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8. Re: How do travel agents see more flights than their clients can

"Am I being a bit mathematically challenged here?"

No.

It's not possible.

If the OP is right that she has the same flight numbers and same flight times that the TA gave her, the only explanation is that the TA was mistaken.

South Jersey
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9. Re: How do travel agents see more flights than their clients can

The AA flight for BUD departs PHL at 6:30.

Maybe the TA did the math based on the departure time from MCO instead of the arrival time at PHL.

Edinburgh, United...
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10. Re: How do travel agents see more flights than their clients can

what are your flight numbers and date?....there is obviously something not right here

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