A group of ~15 musicians need to travel Syd -> NYC in mid December for a week and is looking for the cheapest flights, ideally around $1000pp. What is the best strategy:
- Contact airlines for group booking as early as possible.
- Contact travel agents now for the same.
- Keep eye on ticket prices/sales as individuals would do and book individually when prices drop.
- Contact airline only when it has tickets on sale for group booking?
My concern is if I ask airlines to quote for the group booking now it will not will no give much discount compared to the sale price which I hope they will have later. Is there any value requesting group quote from airline/agent vs booking individually if you want the cheapest fare?