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American Airlines Pulls Out of Some Price Comparison Sites

American Airlines' Internet presence will be reduced when, on August 1, its fares disappear from a couple of the most popular travel comparison websites. According to Budget Travel, American's fares will no longer be included in search results on Kayak.com and Sidestep.com, but they'll continue to appear on Mobissimo (has anyone ever used that site?) and Farecast.

There's some speculation — backed by a comment from Kayak's CEO Steve Hafner on a related Techcrunch post — that American wanted the site to stray from its proconsumer philosophy by suppressing search results from competing sites. Comparison shopping is one of the most powerful tools we have as consumers, but it's more time-consuming to visit individual airline websites along with comprehensive sites that publish fares from multiple carriers. Will you remember to visit American's website when you're looking for flights?

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maleea maleea 7 years
I've used Mobissimo...and it's actually a pretty good site to compare prices. However, I've found it more useful for international flights vs. domestic.
sundrops sundrops 7 years
The flights I usually fly are only serviced well by two major airlines - Southwest and American, so I usually go straight to their sites any way. If I was to fly somewhere I don't normally fly, I would probably use one of those sites to see which airline offers the best flight option and then double check it with American just because I fly it so often any way.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I don't usually fly AA, but I could see it being a gigantic pain in the butt to have to look for fares on a bunch of different websites.
MindayH MindayH 7 years
Considering I am almost platinum again with American (and even gold means no extra baggage fees), I will probably keep flying aa for awhile - even if it means going directly to aa.com
Jesstagirl Jesstagirl 7 years
American Airlines may have just lost my business. I really don't have the time or energy to price shop at different sites. And i almost always use sidestep.com
piper23 piper23 7 years
I've never had any luck finding cheaper flights directly from the airline's sight. My favorite site is Travelation.com. Kayak is also a good one. We have been traveling American quite often lately but with the extra money they are charging for bags, we've tried avoiding them if at all possible.
TheMissus TheMissus 7 years
They're also on Cheapflights.com. You don't have to go to AA's website to search the fares... There are still a number of great sites you can browse to compare fares.
SussLW SussLW 7 years
I never search individual airline websites anymore. I use Kayak 100% of the time with an occasional comparison shop on Southwest's site (which has never been fruitful). I will probably not remember to search AA.com on my own. Then again, in the last few years, American hasn't had a price/itinerary that best fit my search criteria and I haven't flown them much. This makes no sense to me - why remove what has to be one of the most common ways travelers buy your tickets?
Renees3 Renees3 7 years
I usually check EVERYTHING, the orbitz type sites, the smaller ones, the airlines flights. I always try to find the Best possible deal so I look everywhere!
chipjimi chipjimi 7 years
I usually go directly to the airlines. I do check with expedia to see which airlines fly there. I find it that most often the prices on expedia are the same price the airline offer. Also, if you buy directly from the airline, you are most likely get better service if your flight is cancelled or delayed.
runnergeek runnergeek 7 years
me either rosadilla. i always go directly to the airline websites. but i fly jetblue. go blue!
RosaDilia RosaDilia 7 years
I've never even heard of those websites. Anyways, I always purchase my tickets directly from the AA website. If I happen to be planning a trip in advance I always do price comparison through Orbitz or Expedia.
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