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Airline Consolidator Tickets are available for travel on most major airlines, and they are usually used for international travel. Flying with airline consolidator tickets is the same as flying with standard tickets, but you can travel for much less.

How is this possible? Consolidators commit to purchasing a certain dollar volume of tickets from the airlines. In exchange for the guaranteed ticket sales, the consolidators are given low, contract rates by the airlines. The savings on these airline tickets are then passed on to you, the consumer.

Many travelers believe they can get a cheaper airline ticket if they wait until the last minute when "the airlines sell off large blocks of unsold seats cheaply to consolidators, who then sell them for whatever they can get". This is not true at all.

Airlines and ticket agencies don't really work that way. It's occasionally possible to find a bargain ticket on very short notice, but you rarely get a cheaper ticket than you would if you had planned ahead. Of course, it may also be impossible to secure a reasonable price, or even get a ticket at all if you wait until the last minute.

The airlines' historical figures for any given flight show that a certain percentage of the seats on the flight will be empty. By discounting those seats to consolidators, the airlines increase the chances of filling up that flight.

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  • Aug 12, 2004
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