30 Sep '15, 8am

3 reasons why business class airline consolidator discounts may not be as good as they seem

3 reasons why business class airline consolidator discounts may not be as good as they seem

In a perfect world for the airlines, they would sell all their business seats for $8,000 or more. The reality is there are too few travelers willing to pay $8,000 or even $4,000 to fill all seats over all departure dates. So, just like any asset, airlines start the bidding for their business class seats high. A few anxious travelers may turn to a consolidator too early and overpay, but not enough to fill all departure dates. When carriers believe they’ve run out of price insensitive travelers, the real fun begins as fares can plummet up to 90 percent in a matter of minutes. Carriers make these fares available via their own website or any mainstream travel website (such as Orbitz or Expedia). Carriers don’t promote or advertise these steep discounts. They just slash fares up to 90 percent, sell as many seats as they deem necessary, and then restore fares higher than they we...

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