I had been calling the travel agents in Houston for the past 1 - 2 months for deals to fly to India(hyd) in Dec 04. But they speak as though its a big crime to travel in Dec which is a peak season and also they dont even make an effort to search the database. They give all sorts of lame excuses or say that it would be atleast $1700 to $2200. Its highly ridiculous of them..and when they finally send a iterinary the connections are unbelievable. There are atleast 5-6 connections from IAH - HYD.
This is an iterinary one of the agents sent:
Return: Hyderabad-Mumbai-Muscat-Frankfurt(via Bahrain)-Chicago-Houston and it was priced at $1700 + $150 of taxes.
I was so vexed up by the travel agents sick attitude and money minting business.
I then started checking online on the airline travel sites at www.expedia.com, www.lastminutetravel.com, www.orbitz.com,
ANd LOOK what i found in expedia.com. The price for the same dates in Dec to travel from IAH-HYD is $1575(inclusive of all taxes) And also the connections were the best part IAH-Amsterdam-Bombay-HYD and the same route while coming back too.
It was really an awesome deal..and I dint have to deal with the cheating travel agents anymore.
Its my honest request to all of you out there to search online and buy tickets online ...rather than dealing with the sick travel agents.