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Restingnow
12/6/2018 10:33 EST

Recently made a trip to the States, and while I did receive a discount (about $100 on a $900 flight) it wasn't really anywhere near "half-price." The travel agent explained to me that the discount is only applied for the non-tax amount of the ticket, and that the most substantial part of the ticket was for taxes. Just checking... is this the norm, or did I pay the "not so bright gringo" rate. Thanks for any feedback. Best wishes.

LADDIED
12/6/2018 11:28 EST

Do not go to a travel agent. My experience with them was that they want to put your discount in their pocket. To get the proper discount, you either have to go to the airline office or book you flight over the phone with the airline.I usually fly round trip to the US for $4-$500. Do a search to find the best times and dates to fly. It can change dramatically from day to day and even the time of day. Also be aware that the price and travel time can be quite different from Guayaquil, and Quito. Check that. When you find your best flight, call the airline and book directly with them. Make sure you ask for the senior discount. Also check their luggage policy. Some will make their profit from that. Could cost more for the luggage then for your fare.

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chriswright
12/6/2018 19:23 EST

In 2016 we traveled to England and indeed got the half price which for us was essentially 2 tickets for the price of one. It would be interesting to look at the details of that ticket to see exactly what the taxes and impuestos were as well as the base price. I find it hard to believe that you recieved half price on the base price. That would mean the base was $200 with $700 of other stuff. That doesn't add up. Not all airlines flying out of Ecuador offer the discount. We were on Avianca.

LADDIED
12/6/2018 22:34 EST

Because of the taxes and fees not being discounted, you will usually pay about 60% after the discount.
As I said I have had agents try it put my discount in their pocket. I had one agent ask for the part that should have been my discount in cash. I told him he was a crook and went home and made my booking by phone to the airline.

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