Mi Amigo wrote:
ecureilx wrote:Sitting in a GDS, my 2 cents ..
Online TAs do a guaranteed sale, and block out seats. Internally, they re-arrange to get the best price for the OTA themselves.
And the tickets that OTAs sell are all discounted fares, hence restrictions apply.
For seat, again, with their arrangement with GDS' they get an assured number, and do some other manipulation to never over pay.
After all, they are in the business of making money, with very thin margins ..
For Asia, seriously, compare LCC fares before looking up any other online deals.
Waay too many TLAs there dude - please keep in mind that we're not all au fait with the industry lingo.
Oops .. my bad
: Travel Agents
: Global Distribution Systems, those people who interface with airlines and their inventories, to the Travel agents and online Travel Agents (exception being Airlines who host their own reservation .. )
: Online travel Agents. (Zuji, Travelocity, Expedia etc. etc.)
: Low Cost Carrier (or Budget Airlines)
Unless you are flying long haul, buying online makes sense .. For long haul, better pay the 30$ or so Service fees levied by Travel agents .. (new pricing policy - starting from SQ - SQ's online price and Travel agent prices are identical, so you pay a service fee to Travel agent .. )
Of course, if you have all the time in the world to change your plans, change this or that, go direct ..
PS: though originally few airlines were hosting their own inventory, to let other GDS retrieve and sell, now most airlines are hosted by GDS, fully, so going with a GDS (and the Travel Agent appointed by the GDS) may get you better fares than direct sale from airline ..