Going to Europe in 2014, have you ever looked at a consolidator airfare. With airfares to Europe in 2014 increasing in cost, consolidator tickets could save you money in 2014!
What is a consolidator ticket and where can I find them?
The simple answer is that a consolidator ticket or air fare is a negotiated fare between an airline and a wholesaler. It is performance based so one wholesaler may have a better fare on a particular air itinerary or carrier than another. You will not find these fares on airlines websites or on Expedia, Kayak,Travelocity, Priceline or any other OTA sites. They are proprietary fares. To get a quote on these type of fares, it is best to work with a travel agent that knows how to work the consolidator market. There are many out there and some are more reputable than others. We at Reynolds Travel have a good group of consolidators that we work with and chances are, we will find you a better fare than what is out there on the airline’s websites and OTA’s. Just to give you an example, we had a client that called and needed a one way ticket to London in July 2014 and was having trouble finding a good fare. One way tickets typically are very expensive compared to roundtrip fares. We checked for her and the published one way fare for the time frame she was going was $1580.00. We found her a consolidator fare with the exact same itinerary as the published fare for $783.00. That was a huge savings. We were actually a little shocked how much we saved her. Now, not every ticket is going to have that type of savings and with some tickets there may not be any savings at all but we do believe it is worth it to look. If you have a travel agent that you trust, give them a call or email them to inquire about this type of fare. You can also contact us at Reynolds Travel.