There's a lot of sites out there advertising discounts for groups or help coordinating group travel however I can't find a lot of information on how beneficial this actually is. I'm looking for someone to speak from personal experience what kind of discounts they've received from airlines on various flights, specifically non regional carriers. Also, any tips in booking group travel would be much appreciated.

  • You're going to need to be more specific, or it'll likely get closed as too broad. What region? Where are you travelling? How big is your group? As it stands it's rather vague, and open-ended, the type of question the help center asks not to have... :/
    – Mark Mayo
    Aug 5, 2013 at 0:35
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    I disagree with it being too broad. I'm specifically looking at airline travel. Group size is defined by most airlines as groups of 10 or more. As I'm not sure what type of response I'm going to get, I didn't specify a number. As it stands the group I have is somewhere between 20-60 and this is one of the many factors deciding how big it is.
    – Greg
    Aug 5, 2013 at 1:31
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    by broad, I was not referring to types of travel - you clearly said airfare. I was talking about regions. Airfare even for individuals differs dramatically across the Eurozone, Oceania and elsewhere. That's too broad. And that's a separate issue to asking for tips/polling for experience. What's the actual QUESTION that you're asking on a Q/A website?
    – Mark Mayo
    Aug 5, 2013 at 9:49
  • I added a clarification specifying non regional carriers. I'm looking at the major carriers which all compete in a world wide marketplace. Their pricing is competitive based on specific routes/places. The likelihood of someone flying the same itinerary as me an seeing this post is minute. As such I consider my question still valid and formatted correctly as I am looking for what types of discounts people got, how much they were and what their itinerary was. I feel that's a significantly more helpful question than does x require a visa and general enough to be helpful to the next person.
    – Greg
    Aug 5, 2013 at 19:42
  • The reply I was given is an excellent start however more experiences would be much appreciated.
    – Greg
    Aug 5, 2013 at 19:43

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I don't know if my experience with group ticketing for airplanes is of any use to you, however I'm going to share it.

Every year I take groups of students for language courses abroad and I always face the problem of getting the lowest tariff possible while having everybody on the same plane (they are minors and I can't risk their getting in trouble). What I have found out is that group tariffs are not cheaper than individual ones, on the contrary you normally pay a slightly higher price.

Conversely, you have a few advantages: a. you are required to pay only a limited percentage of the total cost (usually 10 percent) on the spot and the rest can be paid about four weeks before departure; b. you don't need to give the exact names upon booking the flights, so that a person who has agreed to fly may be replaced at no cost if need be; c. the price of the tickets does not change over time.

The trouble with group ticketing is that you need to do it through a travel agency; however, I've never succeeded in buying tickets for more than 4 or 5 individuals over the internet while keeping the same price or even the same flights at times. And another drawback, at least for me, is that internet tickets need to be paid immediately by credit card, and I can't do it for groups using only one card (I would use all my credit and beyond).

One last thing: I've faced this kind of problem while using both regular and discounted airlines, both in Europe and for transatlantic flights.

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