- Third-party booking platforms can offer great airfare deals but fewer traveler protections.
- Experts recommend booking directly with your airline or a personal travel agent.
- Travelers say customer service can be hard to reach at online travel agencies if something goes wrong.
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Julia Carlson’s Spring trip to Cancun was supposed to be celebratory. Her son and niece were graduating from high school, and Carlson and her sister were planning the getaway with them to mark the occasion.