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Travel Agents Comission On International Tickets  
User currently offlineScan340 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 70 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1931 times:

Do American/Canadian travel agents still get commision for selling international tickets on American carriers? I remember reading an article in the chronicle that said that American carriers stopped paying agents commision for domestic tickets, just wondering if they pay for international?


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User currently offlineTimberwolf24 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 582 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1907 times:

No. Most US airlines ended commision on all transactions done by travel agents.

Living in LA, ORD/MDW will always be home!
User currently offlineLowfareair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1897 times:

US/Canadian travel agents don't get comissions on travel although international ones do.

I love this little display of how competition is much more badly needed in the states.

User currently offlineSearpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4349 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1895 times:

Lowfareair, don't quite follow you there. The US air travel market is the most deregulated and competitive one going. Its precisely because of the competition and multiple options a pax has to purchase a ticket that DL (and the other carriers) no longer felt tied to the traditional ticket distribution scheme (that's been in place since the 1930s). Even so, several carriers see an opportunity to perhaps gain a competitive advantage by maintainig comissions to agencies. If that's not competition in action, I don't know what is.

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User currently offlineLowfareair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1885 times:

Searpqx: It's not that, it's the fact that airlines just follow each other on changes. If one raises fares, they all do. If one lowers comissions, they all do.

BTW: I'm talking about the majors, who have at least several percent marketshare apiece.(Southwest is the exception).

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