Airfare.com Consolidator Airfares

Airfare.com is a leading seller of airline tickets, both discounted fares and “consolidator” fares.

Over the last decade (through 2009), Airfare.com hasconsistently provided me with the lowest fares from the USA to Turkey. I find that surprising, but so it is. I’ve saved tens to hundreds of dollars on each ticket—thank goodness!

I don’t always start my search at Airfare.com, but I always seem to end up there. I could save time by just going there straightaway and ordering my ticket.

Okay, I do like other airfare search websites such as Kayak and Opodo, but here’s a telling example: in 2009 I was looking for the cheapest airfare from Boston, Massachusetts to Istanbul. I looked at numerous airfare search websites. They all gave about the same fare (within US$10). But Airfare.com quoted a fare $30 lower.

How can this be?

Well, Airfare.com was the only one to include a flight on the return journey from Istanbul‘s other airport, Sabiha Gökçen Airport on the Asian side of the Bosphorus. Some people may find this inconvenient, because Atatürk Airport, on the European side, is closer to where most foreign visitors stay. Yes, it does take a bit longer to get to Sabiha Gökçen, and the airport bus costs a few dollars more, but I’d still save money.

Of course, Airfare.com does also quote all the regular fares to and from Atatürk Airport. I could take my choice. Here’s more:

Airfare.com sells regular tickets and consolidatortickets. Consolidators are companies that take a gamble by buying blocks of airline seats on various flights at a steep discount, then reselling them to the public at less of a discount in order to make a profit. If they don’t sell them, they make take a loss.

Click here to learn how a consolidator works.

Especially off season, consolidator fares are a good bet for saving money.


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