Arthur Frommer

December 13, 2009 12:00 AM

Use the telephone, tour operators advise

Two separate tour operators — one specializing in Hawaii, the other in the Caribbean — have both advised me in recent days that people hoping to book bargain offers should contact them by phone, and not over the Internet. That's because the airlines are continually raising and lowering their airfares on particular dates and for particular flights, creating a bewildering jungle of prices. The people who insert various dates for the air-and-land packages they desire will too often be disappointed in the results, and will need to spend a large amount of time trying other dates and times of day.

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