How Airline Consolidators Help Travel Agents
Working in the travel industry is rewarding, but it’s also highly competitive. When it comes time to book your client’s trip, you need to have all the expertise you can get. Working with an airline consolidator helps travel agents navigate the inner-workings of airlines and the travel industry as a whole by providing agents with special rates, discounts, tickets, and insights.
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Strength in Numbers
When you’re approached by a large group of travelers, it’s both exciting and intimidating. On one hand, you know there’s a big fat commission check in it for you. On the other hand, the logistics of booking 10+ people is complex. We’d like to give you that commission check AND peace of mind. Our Groups Department is specifically trained to help you handle large groups.
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How Sky Bird Provides the Best Customer Service
Agents with VFR customers have a unique benefit in working with their clients. They understand their culture and can speak in their respective native language. This creates a greater connection between travel agent and customer.
Imagine booking fares with the help of an airline consolidator that speaks your language!
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UPDATE: As of July 2017, this ban is no longer in effect.
The Department of Homeland Security has ordered that travelers departing for the United States from 10 different Middle Eastern airports will not be able to have electronic devices other than cell phones in their carry-ons. Citing elevated intelligence, this ban begins Saturday, March 25, 2017, and will continue indefinitely.
The UK is also taking similar measures. While their ban includes six airports of origin, the number of air carriers has increased.
While the news is disheartening, passengers may have to find alternative means of entertainment. We have compiled a list of book recommendations for when you want an alternative to the in-flight entertainment.
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How Sky Bird Provides the Best Customer Service
It’s what we feel when we pick up the phone and call the cable company or the cell phone company.
Is it their inexperienced customer service representatives? Is it their unwillingness to help?
We understand what it is like. And we understand what it is like to receive amazing customer service too. Providing incredible customer service is something we strive for at Sky Bird. With over 40 years of experience, we have proven time and time again that our customer service agents are knowledgeable and experienced.
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The Best Places to Go No Matter the Time of Year
Finally, it’s March! Winter is done. Sure, the weather isn’t perfect yet, but hey, the chances of snow are slimmer. For months like this where the weather is in between hot and cold, we started wondering, what are some decent places to visit? We don’t want to send clients to regions where the weather is just as bleak as it is here. We did some research and compiled a list of all the best and worst places to visit, month by month. Here’s what we found out:
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Our latest blog series shows travel agents how to grow their clientele through social media. This week’s installment focuses on Facebook. We give you the tools to succeed – check back every week!
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Airfare Reaches Seven-Year Low
Summer Traveling Dreams Come True
Pining for paradise? That tropical getaway may be closer than you think. International flights to Cancun are averaging about $327. According to research by Hopper, a mobile application that uses big data to predict and analyze airfare, flight prices will be the cheapest they’ve been in seven years. This price decrease is especially good for domestic travelers. An average domestic round-trip flight will cost about $207. Prices will peak in June with an average domestic round-trip flight costing $240.
Airfare Decrease Continues
This price decrease seems to be an ongoing trend: airfare prices are down 12%; more than 20% from two years ago. Earlier this year, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a decrease in air passenger fares for both international departures and arrivals.
Oil prices seem to be one main factor in airline ticket price drops.
If you’re not thinking of staying stateside for the summer, there could be hope for a cheap flight internationally.
Hopper produced several tables on which cities have seen increases and decreases in search demand, both domestically and internationally. Changes in search demand could create flash sales that will benefit travelers.
If you’re interested in how your state’s average airfare compares across the national average, be sure to check out Hopper’s interactive map.