I enjoy benefitting from the advice and experience of all air travellers on this forum and have used such advice to my advantage on various occasions. I've noticed one constant theme which comes up with such frequency it leaps out at me nearly every day, and that is the complaints lodged by users of 3rd party web sites, consolidators, budget travel sites etc. when it comes to ticket purchases.
These complaints occur so often that it would seem to me that TA would do well to have a separate forum for this subject!
It would appear that many people don't exercise due diligence when buying air tickets and are blinded by the desire for the lowest fare, often to their sorrow.
Do the proper online legwork, read the fine print from the airline, be aware that these operators are just agents and you still have to comply with the airlines regulations, don't throw caution to the wind in your haste to get a deal and for the best price, 99% of the time you'll get it from the airlines!
Having said this, I know I'll be reading yet another complaint in the next few hours!!