Ok folks I have a question and I will most likely sound stupid but here goes. When you say "Always contact the airline" what exactly do you mean? Who do you talk to? How are you getting the great fares? I compared several sites today that all had pretty decent prices, but when i contacted the airlines themselves it was usually 2-3 times higher then the 3rd party sites. I just got off the phone with one airline that stated it was $3500 to get a flight from DFW to DUS. Now I don't fly much and hopefully i won't have to fly that much after this one. However i still need to be able to find some pretty cheap fares so that i can make the trip i need to. So who is it I need to talk to? Is there a special password that you need? I am not being sarcastic, i really want to know.