2007-11-07 14:01:23.0 Administrator2: So how does one pick a travel agent? Phone book seems like kind of a crapshoot...is there a good website with user reviews, or anything like that?
Jen Leo, Travel Deal Blogger: oooh, that is a good question. I've never seen a site on travel agent user reviews.
Michelle: i'm having a really tough time finding direct flights from jfk to san for the holidays - everything i find is $600+ or multiple connections, any tips for finding a decent deal?
Jane Engle, Assistant Travel Editor: One place to go is the American Society of Travel Agents website.
juan : hi
Jen Leo, Travel Deal Blogger: Hi Juan.
Vani Rangachar, Deputy Travel Editor: Here are some tips on finding cruise deals from last year, but some of the advice still holds true: http://travel.latimes.com/articles/la-tr-insider12nov12
Jen Leo, Travel Deal Blogger: Where are you headed? Any upcoming travels?
Jane Engle, Assistant Travel Editor: The website lists agents that belong to the society. Plus check friends. I don't know of websites that review agents. We need one
Vani Rangachar, Deputy Travel Editor: The American Society of Travel Agents http://www.asta.org/
Jen Leo, Travel Deal Blogger: Hi Michelle, the other day I did a post on Farecast and how they can send you notices when the price goes down. http://www.farecast.com/
Jen Leo, Travel Deal Blogger: Then there's Yapta that tells you if the price has gone down after you've bought your ticket and how to get a refund once it does
Jen Leo, Travel Deal Blogger: http://www.yapta.com/
Michelle: nice - thanks i'll check that out
Administrator2: Folks, it looks like it's about time for us to wrap up...
Jen Leo, Travel Deal Blogger: Aw, already?
Administrator2: I know, Jen, I know. But you'll be back next month with a whole NEW set of travel dilemmas to answer!
Jane Engle, Assistant Travel Editor: Great to hear from everyone. Thanks for all your questions and tips!
Administrator2: If you missed any of today's chat, a transcript will be available later this afternoon at http://travel.latimes.com/
Jane Engle, Assistant Travel Editor: and...our next chat is 1 p.m. Dec. 5.See you there!
Jen Leo, Travel Deal Blogger: Thanks for sitting in with us today everyone. Good luck with your holiday travels and "carry on" as much as you can!
Vani Rangachar, Deputy Travel Editor: Now I want to check out Rhode Island!
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Consumer columnist Jane Engle, deal blogger Jen Leo and other Times staff members took readers' questions in a live chat November 7.
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