Have you heard about aviation consolidators lately and wonder what the world is like and how it can help you find cheap flights? Are you sure what exactly is? I was on the same boat, I wanted to find cheap travel deals and cheap airfare for my annual vacation, but scratch my head on how to do it. I kept reading about these aviation consolidators everywhere, and I had no idea what the term even meant. Why would I still want to consolidate tickets?
Fares for administrators are those elusive fares that are released in very limited quantities to various companies that resell them. It is possible to catch them, but it is also possible to find better deals elsewhere.
To better understand what these tariffs actually are, this is basically the following. In recent years, airlines have realized that the process of selling fares to travel agents and ordinary consumers has been too "visible" to competitors, allowing these competitors to reduce their fares enough to steal from customers. What they did was start offering undisclosed lower tariffs to consolidators on such less-popular flights, who would then sell them by shooting.
At present, consolidators are still in business and most airlines have concluded contracts with them. The consolidator will have a contract to sell these "private" tickets at a lower price than any published price the public would see. Generally, you won't be able to find any consolidators that will sell directly to consumers, but you'll probably find these cheap travel tickets on Sunday in the travel document section offered by your local travel agent. You can also find them advertised through some online travel agencies.
The best opportunity to find these reduced prices from airline consolidators is if you happen to buy a ticket at the last minute, or if you plan to travel outside the country by bus.
Keep in mind, however, that not all of the bargain basement prices you find are actually consolidator tariffs, though they could be. The best way to find affordable flights is to still shop and compare prices well in advance of the travel date.