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.
Reynolds Travel has published a newsletter for February 2011. This newsletter has specials and current news related to travel. We also have included some trips that we think would be very interesting. Click on the link below to go to the PDF file.
Reynolds Travel February Final
They should start a reality show about carry on bags. The latest saga, the jet blue flight attendant getting in an argument with a customer and activating the emergency slide, is one for the ages. Carry on bags are becoming a touchy issue. I made the mistake of sitting in the back of a plane on a Delta Flight recently and it seemed like it took 30 minutes just to get off the plane. With the economy the way that it is, everybody is in a penny-pinching mode and anyway you can save a few bucks, you’ve got to do it.
Airlines, more and more, are all about the ancilliary revenues, charging for bags, charging for pillows, you name it. In fact, one of the reasons airlines are making a profit now is because of those ancilliary revenues. It is all about survival for them. They have lost money, for the most part, every year up till this year and saw the writing on the wall. Can you blame them.
Then, on top of that, more bad news for the consumer. There will come a day when the airlines will all charge for carry ons. It is inevitable. Spirit airlines has already started charging for carry ons. The more weight you add to an airplane the more they burn fuel, which means an expense they have to account for. Lets face it, when you buy an airline ticket now, you are just paying for yourself not your bags. You know, it’s funny, back in the day when Southwest first started making a real push to expand, I told myself that I would never fly on them, but now they may be the best airline out there. Why? Well, with Southwest, you know what to expect and they are efficient. There aren’t any high expectations with them. They get you there and that is it. These days, you need a boatload of patience if you are going to travel by air anymore. It is not a pleasurable experience. One thing is for sure, I am definitely going to make a concerted effort not to have to sit in the back of the plane again.