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Jun 1st, 2004, 02:47 PM
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Airline Consolidators

I am considering using an Airline consolidator outfit here in NYC to buy our British Airways ticket to Nairobi. Is this a good way to get cheap tickets? Anyone know of a consolidator who could work with my very specific itinerary, ie, New York-London Sept 2, overnight at the airport Hilton, London-Nairobi September 3, Nairobi-New York via London September 19? Thanks!
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Jun 2nd, 2004, 03:50 AM
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Which consolidator are you using and what fare are they offering.
 
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Jun 2nd, 2004, 05:30 AM
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I found a round trip on travelocity for $1173, which I think is a very good fare for September. Travel Vision (at 56 W 45th Street Suite 1205 New York 10036 212-869-8600) said they could get me the same itinerary for $50-100 dollars less.
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Jun 2nd, 2004, 08:43 AM
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>>I found a round trip on travelocity for $1173, which I think is a very good fare for September.<<

Yes, that is a good fare and I presume includes all the taxes! Have you contacted BA and asked if they can match it. Sometimes airlines will do match a fare, and you don't have the "possible" problem of standby if a flight is late, or being put up in a hotel if a longer delay, or meal vouchers, etc. I'm sure none of this will happen, but it's always something to think about. So if the BA fare is only a few $$ more, I'd consider going direct with BA. That way you are BAs client, not a Travelocity client; besides don't you have to pay to have the Travelocity tickets delivered?

>>Travel Vision (at 56 W 45th Street Suite 1205 New York 10036 212-869-8600) said they could get me the same itinerary for $50-100 dollars less<<

I just read thru your previous posts, so am I understanding correctly that you are working with CCAfrica directly? If so, then for $50 - $100 (is that in total? or per person?)I'd ask CCAfrica how a company in NY can offer their (CCA) properties for less money? I also wonder whether the NY company can guarantee the properties you wish to book are available; you don't want last minute changes. Also consider that by staying at CCAfrica properties, these are considered top-of-the-line, so in the scheme of things, is $50 - $100 too much to pay so as not to be working with a middleman. And remember that the NY company will be working with an outfitter in Kenya/Tanzania - adding another layer of people to deal with versus working direct with the company who owns the properties.

Also, have you checked out Travel Vision with the Better Business Bureau - how long have they been in business, any problems with the company, etc. These are all things for you to consider, but in the end have to be your decision.
 
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Jun 2nd, 2004, 09:29 AM
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Actually, we are dealing with CCAfrica directly for our tour, but they do not handle the international portion of our flights unless we request them to. I thought I could save money by finding the flights myself. I will check Travel Vision with the BBB. Thanks as always!
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