A lot of people know about Kayak, Airfarewatchdog, Expedia, Trip Advisor and Orbitz, those sites that canny travellers use to hear about the cheapest air flight possible whenever they are flying to or from New York City and the sites where you can book online easily and quickly. Everyone delights in the great deals they can sometimes get or at least have the pleasure of shaving something off the full fare, see the video.
But unfortunately airlines don’t want you to be able to do this so they are currently withholding flight information from sites like these. So then you’re forced to book only through the airlines themselves and surprize, surprize, you then pay more. Right now they, the airlines are busy trying to put a stop to third party sites that list the cheapest flights and give you an opportunity to book through them.
Nationally, Airlines for America representing major US airlines are currently duking it out with the Travel Technology Association representing online booking sites. Customers don’t actually have anyone representing them and we’re forced to look after ourselves. Does this remind you of other fights going on where increased customer power and technologicallly supported services are offering a cheaper or more convenient service to customers and the big hitters are trying to stop them? Uber and Airbnb everyone? Give over big companies that have had an advantage over customers forever and just wake up to the fact that times have changed