5 Responses

  1. Lack
    Lack at |

    Cheapoair is one of the few sites left that runs coupon codes for flights – thats how they manage to offer same thing, with different pricing.
    Usually they just swing their booking fee up and down, discuising it as “taxes”.
    Coupon usage might void the cashback though.

  2. Hugh Pride
    Hugh Pride at |

    No need for lobbying “New Distribution Capability” (NDC) is happening 17 airlines are doing trials now the prime reason is the the airline industry is at the mercy of three GDS’s that act very unfairly and control the entire market place. NDC will happen one way or the other as the status quo is not sustainable going forward, customers are really not getting a fair deal today. How can you comparisons on the sites you listed to see, who has free drinks ? free bags? access to lounges?, wireless?, free food? NDC will enable this to happen. What about comparison on Air New Zealand’s Sky couch or new product like that, how is that going to happen without NDC today you only see price and time no product details thats a rip off I say. I can guarantee you the you will get cheaper pricing with “New Distribution Capability” (NDC) as it will introduce more competition and allow the Airlines to go direct allowing cheaper pricing to be put into the market. Today these GDSs have contracts that stop alines putting cheaper pricing on there websites (which is there cheapest channel for cost of sale) now, answer me this how can the be fair on the customer. Just look at the fiscal figures and see who is benefiting from the status quo GDS 27-28% ROIC (Return of Invested Capital) OTA 23-24% ROIC Airlines 0.3% ! Of the top 260 airlines over the last 20 years have had a negative ROIC. Check out the facts see http://www.iata.org/whatwedo/stb/ndc/Pages/index.aspx for more.

    At the end of the day you need to look at why people don’t want to change is usually means that they are benefiting in some way. More power to the customer to make the choices is what I say!!

  3. AdamH
    AdamH at |

    It’s interesting, when I have had trouble with getting fares to match to ITA the best site I have had luck with has been AMEX travel business booking engine. You use to get access to your own portal with any OPEN card but they recently discontinued it, unfortunately (only for corp users now is my understanding). It was the most powerful tool out there IMO albeit a little finicky.

  4. Carl
    Carl at |

    How about when UA delivers a higher fare class on married segments when there is lower class inventory with valid fares on each individual segment that can in fact be booked with multi-city.

  5. thegrailer
    thegrailer at |

    No comment on the pricing but I just finished a Baltics tour and it was wonderful. A bit more expensive than I had expected but still a great trip. Suggestions if you haven’t left yet.
    TLL: Energia Cafe for an old Soviet style cafeteria. Draakon right in the center of town for elk stew, free pickles and cheap beer. Also to stuff your face, Georgia Tavern Tbilisi, Ruutli 18. Late night food a Loca.
    RIX: Folkklubs Ala Pagrabs for food and beer.
    VNO: Būsi Trečias and Šnekutis for food and beer.

    The “like a local” guides were great for these cities.