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Flight booking websites tend to push connecting flights via hub, even if there are also multiple direct flights between your airports. For instance, check your favorite website trying to book a return flight between Zurich and Frankfurt. At least five direct flights daily are offered by Lufthansa alone, in both directions. However many booking sites will ...


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My answer is short and simple: when I tried to buy a ticket for my forthcoming flight on date X/Y/Z (other dates was less convenient) there was already no tickets by airline. However one of travel agents have one remaining ticket (with almost the same price). So sometimes travel agents can give you more possibilities.


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One thing that I get from a travel agent that I have yet to find from an airline website is ticket reservation without paying for it. In other words, I want to hold a seat for me now, because I might be traveling on future date X; lets say its four days from now. If tomorrow I decide to cancel my trip, I can cancel and then do the refund process through ...


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A few years ago (online) travel agents would pretty much always offer lower price than the airline on its website (e.g. British Airways). At some point it seemed to change though, and now many airlines (including BA), but by no chance all, make sure that their online prices are not worse than the agents. I am not sure what is American Airline's approach. ...


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I always book using online travel sites and on many occasions found them to be cheaper than booking directly on the airline website. On the downside, not all travel sites allow you to enter a FF number to claim miles. Also, some airline websites allow you to choose a seat right after booking.


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Booking with a single airline puts the onus on them if a leg is delayed so long that you miss a connection. If you book a journey on multiple airlines (eg to China and then within China can easily make a change of carriers a good choice) then if you make the bookings yourself separately you may not be covered for a missed leg in the case of a delay. Subject ...


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In the UK, one major thing you lose by not using a travel agent is ATOL protection. This may not be relevant if you're not booking hotels though the agent (did you recieve an ATOL certificate?). But if you do and the airline goes bust while you're away ATOL will: ...make sure you can finish your trip and return home. If your holiday is booked but you ...


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The biggest difference between doing it yourself on an airline's website and going through through a travel agent is less flexibility. The travel agent's reservation system shows them how many seats in each fare class, allowing them to build your booking flight by flight. The airline system uses algorithms that cover many possibilities, but not all. So an ...


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I can't list all possible things you might lose by not booking through travel agents, but I know one or two for sure, in regards to cheaper prices. Airlines do sell seats in bulks, same as in manufacturers sell goods in bulk, these bulk seats will be cheaper and customers to these bulk seats are travel agents. This type of seats are called consolidated ...


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Some travel agents have negotiated fares with airlines, which means that they get specific prices at which they sell the tickets, these prices can be much lower than the prices online. As for your questions as to how flight agents make profit - there are two common ways. Firstly the airline gives flight agents commission on the tickets you sell, which is ...


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Having consulted for a few travel agencies, here is some insight: The bigger the agency, the more discounts they get on tickets. This means that the more the agency is popular, the more the airlines are willing to give them a rate because they sell out their allocation. Some agencies reserve (block) slots in advance which gives them a discounted price. ...



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