Cheap air travel is the way to go
Thanks to the Internet, booking airline tickets is not only convenient, but also cheap. The demand for cheap air is huge but there is no shortage of supply on the part of online cheap flight service providers. It seems like a new cheap air travel website is being launched every day and we can shop for cheap airfare until we run out.
Last minute deals, voucher codes, and other time-sensitive discounts—these are just to look for if we travel a lot. Even if the website is an air consolidation unit or the official website of an airline, there will be deals within the site. The competition is huge and air service providers need our business.
Online booking vs booking with a travel agent
If you’re just going from W to X and you’re staying at a Y hotel and renting a Z car, book your travel online. On the other hand, if you’re going to multiple destinations, have certain demands, baggage questions, passport issues, and anything beyond booking online, by all means, book with a travel agent.
Even in this age of on-site do-it-yourself booking, a travel agent is still a respected profession. Travel agents have access to information and resources that are not accessible to the public. They work with a CLIA or IATA number. This number entitles them to contact travel suppliers, both online and offline.
People tend to rely more on online travel websites because they not only offer cheap air but also convenience. When we book online we are on our own and everything is in our judgment and decision. In contrast, we do not have to deal with anyone on a personal basis.
When we book with a travel agent, the transaction becomes a personal matter. Since we are dealing with a person rather than a cold machine, we have to deal with subtlety, courtesy, and tact, all of which characterize personal treatment. Even if there is no commitment to the pricing offered by the travel agent; The person who has asked for it is fully aware that the agent is making a tireless effort and must therefore reciprocate either with a reservation or a refusal with appropriate thanks.
The cost of running a travel agency
All travel agencies, including cheap flight websites, pay a great deal of money in order to operate. Every state regulates the sale of travel and there are serious cost requirements. Depending on the state, the travel agency has to pay tens of thousands of dollars upfront to do business. And not only that, there’s the annual insurance, the on-site flight search engine, the website that has to have enough bandwidth so thousands of people can access the site at the same time – all of these are high maintenance.
No wonder online travel agencies that recruit people to be travel agents require rather expensive membership fees. In return, people who sign up get a travel booking site where they just have to direct visitors to the site to make sales. But this is rather difficult. For a year, I was affiliated with a travel agency before and had to quit because I couldn’t get enough sales and ended up paying support fees month after month without seeing any return. Once I quit, I found out that the total fees I paid to the travel agency were way more than the commission I had earned for all the time I was affiliated with the travel agency. I don’t include the cost I spent on marketing materials which if I did that would mean I made a hundred and lost three hundred dollars in the process. Simply put, it’s not worth it.
Cheap air online is worth it
Cheap airfare online is just there for the taking, we just have to get it. Not only can we book flights, hotels and cars, we can also book cruises, vacations and tours using cheap flight service providers.