While looking for last minute ticket from LAX to Europe leaving in a little over a month, most flights one way are ridiculously high (maybe I should do the roundtrip gambit and throw away half the ticket) I saw lower priced tickets on Skyscanner most likely through consolidators. I was going to go by the star ratings but decided to google reviews for the companies, imagine my astonishment when some companies with seemingly multi starred ratings had horrendous reviews. I will copy and paste the link to show what I mean and you could look up the reviews yourself.
as you can see, most seem to have at least 4 stars but when I google reviews for the companies they all seem to have horrid reviews except for Travel Merry which also does have some but on the forums they respond to them and more so than the others seems to have a lot of positive ones.
Now as some people on other forums state the people who complain the most are those who try to change their tickets and since they are DEFINITELY very restrictive tickets they do not have nuch of a reason to complain and I do not plan on changing mine,so no worries on that front, but what worries me is that some charge that consol and also Merry with putting extra charges on their credit card and also (the point of this post) is WHERE are these high star ratings coming from as I see the majority of reviews on all these companies as negative so can't figure it out!
People say to deal with the airlines directly but as one may know, when a ticket is purchased close to departure date the regular price on the airline ticket is very, very high which is why we turn to the consolidators, I may just go on Merry based on the fact that they respond to criticism and DO have a lot of positive reviews but can others post GOOD experience with consol. and which ones, and if anyone knows for sure (not just through conjecture or opinion) as to my question asked in the paragraph above I would be most appreciative.