Myself and my business partner have set up an Indian Visa business. We've started very small and are reliant on my partner's very strong connections with the asian community. What has surprised us is the volume of requests for air tickets. This has had us shifting our focus and in an area where we have little experience.
We have joined the Holiday Team (part of SM travel) and Faremine (part of Gazelle travel) and have had some good deals this way. However some of the fares we have obtained have been beaten by a strong margin by small local travel agents and has lost us some of our customers.
One small agent offered a customer a flight from Manchester to Delhi by Qatar for £440. We couldn't get near this nor could any of the screen scrapers such as Skyscanner.
Sorry that this is so long-winded but clearly we are just after information on how to obtain cheap flights and without the high costs of ATOL or ABTA. Is IATA an option ? but then would we still need ATOl
Any advice would be appreciated
I have created many websites, including for cheap cruises, cruise deals and a new one attacking cruise holidays.
Qatar quie often have cheaper tickets on their website. It is possible to book these on a third party credit card but you would then need to take the card and ID to a Qatar Office to have the card authorised so the client is able to travel.
Let me know if you want anything else.
Can you explain how you are selling air tickets, if you do not have existing bonding with ABTA, IATA, ATOL?
you do not need any bond to sell airline tickets or even holidays. This is the
modern world where any one can sell as long as a supplier will supply. The suppliers
(who must have a licence if it is relevant) takes all the risk (or not take XL
and Goldtrail as examples). Normally suppliers choose to work cash only
(payment upfront) with these people.
This is why
so many people book though unlicensed agents (non ABTA/TTA etc) and loose all
the money. It is a great world we live in. Customers only care when it all goes
Great post thanks for the information
Business Travel Team