And this does not just include first time travelers but also a large percentage of all air travelers combined. And while the more ” jet setters” among us might not need to concern themselves with such trivial little things as airline expenses, most of us unfortunately do not fall into that category.
And we are always looking for budget deals or at least a good discounted ticket to make the price tag of the overall trip more affordable and thus making it have a better chance of becoming a reality.
And this holds true more today than in years past, with the economy being what it is and people having less money to spend these days than in past years . Just remember we are talking about the logistics of “planning” and calculating the direct cost involved.
So where do we find the lowest possible cost for airline tickets in such a competitive industry? (less so now with all the airline mergers which made prices higher) and how can we be sure that we’re finding the lowest possible cost of a airline ticket, with all the possible choices available ?
In two words (airline consolidators) ! or sometimes just commonly referred to as bucket shops. Among all the airline ticket distributors available airline consolidators offer the most bargain basement price tags on both domestic and especially International flights, and there are some true gems still to be found here in this specialized market.
This author can personally attest to this, having started my International travels using a bucket shop out of the San Francisco bay area to make my trips to the far east and I got exceptional value and saved a bundle in money !Of course you will find some that offer better deals than others and you will have to spend a little time researching to make a wise comparison.
The super advantage people have today is that with a laptop (or for that matter even a smart phone ) they can sit and relax in starbucks and while sipping a mocha they can be in essence there own travel agent. Another great choice for information on budget air travel thou very much limited in comparison of what the Internet can do but still available are the fantastic Lonely Planet and Fordor’s travel guide books.
I have to say before the Internet heyday these two were my constant companions in preparing my journeys around the world! The only problem with travel books are that current issues don’t stay current very long and what is written today can change very quickly tomorrow. They should be used as an additional resource and are best for there cultural insights more than any thing else.