This is a story, not a question. I recently bought tickets from Washington DC to Bangkok for my family. I chose to drive to Washington rather than fly out of Charlotte. Looking at a orbitz, that was going to save me over $300 per ticket, and I was buying 3 tickets. The orbitz tickets I had decided on were on Etihad. I decided to check the Etihad website before buying the tickets, and saved an additional $300 per ticket off of the orbitz price. Long story short, check multiple options to get the best price.
For the record I have used orbitz before, and was pleased. I will use orbitz again in the future, when they offer the best price or an otherwise more desirable product. I will also check other souces before I purchase the tickets.