March 2, 2004

New Study Shows That Agents Get the Lowest Fares

Written by Jerry Limone.

PORTLAND, Ore. — No matter a corporation’s size, travel agencies are the best sources for the lowest air fares, according to a study completed by Topaz International, a company that audits travel programs for corporate clients.
Travel agencies beat or equal the Internet’s lowest fare 95% of the time, Topaz found.

Still, buying fares from an agency is the best option, said Topaz, because the average GDS fare for corporations spending under $20 million is $522 — $32 less than the average Internet fare.

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