Air FareWhen booking a flight, you have many questions. How much will this cost? What about layover? Will we be leaving the country? What are your policies and how can I find out more about you? With the abundance of airfare types available to the consumer today and the immense amount of information about airfare types available on the World Wide Web, there should be an exacerbated number of questions for the air raveling consumer of the Friendly Skies.
Where: The first question should, of course be where are you going? If you’re traveling to a major domestic city like Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, St. Louis, Boston, or New York you should have no end of choices of carrier. Smaller destinations like Long Beach, Denver, Hartford, or St Paul offer significantly less option and less airfare types to choose from.
Budget: Once you’ve picked a destination, you can then whittle away airfare types by price. If you only fly first class in a 747, the recent spike in discount carriers may limit your option to smaller cities. Similarly the rush to book on the discount airlines may limit your options of seats to bigger cities; especially if you’re booking last minute.
Policies: Fortunately, the internet has made many advances available for the consumer. You’re now able to find out whatever you want about a company, on your own time, in your own space. You no longer need to walk up to a counter, squint to find information on a scrolling message board, query around to the wrong help, frustrate yourself, all to no avail. You are now able to pick the airline you feel you’d like, view the airline’s policies, and decide on your airfare type.
More: The other option you have with the internet is a wealth of other information available on other peoples experience with your potential airline. You can hear people’s stories, hear people’s gripes, hear people’s cheers. The only reason to be hesitant about that is the obvious reason that opinions are like noses; we’ve all got them. What makes one persons opinion any more relevant than another is like what makes one persons nose any more beautiful than another.
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