DALLAS, Texas – In an era of tighter yield management of both fares and award redemption, it is getting harder to find genuine travel deals, most especially for travelers at the front of the plane. Consolidation within the industry globally has resulted in lower inventory, which is expected to result in premium international air travel continuing to cost more in 2012.
The seats and amenities upfront are getting better, with American carriers finally competing with foreign airlines for the “wow factor” with first and business class perks. Want more of more? Most travelers do, but be prepared to pay for it royally. If business beckons in London, Frankfurt, or Seoul next week, how does a traveler source the lowest possible business class pricing while being intelligently advised on the difference between multiple carrier’s amenities, routes, and schedules? For the most part, expect to pay more for more with little advance purchase time and with very little guidance or insights as to which carrier will deliver the most for a passenger’s upfront travel buck. Savvy travelers have a relationship with a premium air travel specialist, such as Dallas-based, AccessFares. Like a great doctor or attorney, a dedicated premium air travel specialist on speed dial enables travelers searching for deals to travel well, for less.
Unlike placing money and trust with an online booking engine, old school travel professionals can help navigate the best route to a destination at the lowest pricing, and importantly, are available to help after purchase if assistance is needed. AccessFares’ premium air travel specialists have an extensive knowledge of premium air travel’s wide-ranging products and perks.
John George, Managing Partner of AccessFares, pointed out, “Ever been disappointed to end up in the older style herringbone seats when looking forward to a fully-flat bed? Which carriers provide pajamas, duvet, and turndown service? Which seats are best avoided, and which ones are snagged first? Know before you go is always a good rule of thumb in travel, but good luck trying to extract precise, detailed information out of a booking engine or the carriers themselves, even if you reach their offshore call centers.”
George doesn’t beat about the bush on where his loyalties reside: “We do not work for the airlines, period. We’re highly skilled at finding our way around the fast changing, complex fare systems built by the airlines to serve the airlines’ bottom line. We offer unpublished fares, in addition to substantially discounted published fares. We’re here to serve our clients and to ensure they pay bottom dollar for the very best premium travel experience, which in our office starts with the planning of the trip, not just when you turn left onboard an aircraft.” With an overwhelming number of Internet travel websites offering so-called discounted international first, business, and premium economy pricing, it is difficult and time-consuming to find authentic premium air travel deals.
“To test how cost-effective working with a premium air travel specialist is, we put AccessFares’ pricing up head-to-head against three major third-party Internet booking sites for three popular international routes, all in business class. The results are an eye-opener and hard proof that our coveted unpublished fares are the only way to fly,” noted George.
All comparison pricing was sourced on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 10:00 am PST using Orbitz, Travelocity, and Expedia for travel within seven days. All fares are for travel departing June 6, 2012, returning June 12, 2012, and include all taxes and fees.
David Powell, Marketing Director of AccessFares commented: “Beyond price, which clearly can fluctuate widely depending on where and when tickets are purchased, the true value and benefit of a working with AccessFares is we have a client’s best interest front and center on our computer screens. We offer a better class of service. This fare comparison clearly demonstrates it pays to leave the heavy lifting to travel professionals who are well versed in navigating complex premium air travel pricing and carriers who want passengers to pay substantially more than any reasonable person should.”
To learn more about AccessFares’ discounted first, business, and premium economy class fares to most international destinations, visit www.AccessFares.com .
AccessFares is North America’s leading resource for premium air travel, offering full client services with deeply-discounted first, business, and premium economy class tickets to both travel industry partners and consumers. AccessFares specializes in contracted bulk rates and discounted published air fares. AccessFares is not a mileage broker.