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When I first heard the term ‘wholesale airfare’ it didn’t make any sense to me. When we say ‘wholesale something’ in everyday use, it usually has to do with goods that we may buy as bulk. But how can airfares be called wholesale?

In my quest to find an answer, here’s what I found. Wholesale airfare is a new term (kind of a fad) that is used for air tickets purchased as bulk which comes with discounted rates. But why would anyone purchase air tickets in bulk? The answer is quite simple. In terms of wholesale airfare, ‘bulk’ simply means more than four tickets; not dozens. So quite understandably, there will be thousands of people who will seek the option of buying wholesale airfare. After all, who doesn’t like discounts?

From where to get wholesale airfare is the next probable question in your mind. TThere are people known as consolidators and online travel agents who provide wholesale airfare rates for regular travelers. What happens is that they usually sign a contract with an airline which agrees on discounts when travel agencies purchase an X amount of tickets. The travel agents will have to sell an X amount of tickets to receive the special rates therefore, they put the travelers at advantage by offering wholesale airfare rates in order to encourage more people to purchase tickets. This way, the traveler walks off with a low airfare while the agency too makes its benefit.

So, if you are planning on a family vacation or a vacation with a bunch of friends or simply if you are planning to travel in a travel-buddy group, you should bear in mind that you are entitled to wholesale airfare rates. You may have come across travel agencies that offer super cheap prices if you’d like to join in a group of travelers on a guided tour. If the concept of group traveling being cheaper than individual or couple traveling, had bothered your mind, now you know the secret – wholesale airfares can work wonders!

The wonderment of wholesale airfares can go wrong if you are not anxious enough. So here’s what you should watch out for. The first step is to figure out whether the agency is reputed and trustworthy. You should not make payments to unauthorized or untrustworthy websites. The next thing to watch out for is to see if the website provides all necessary information such as the airline, date, meals provided or not. Lastly but not in the least, you should check whether the website has a real time checker system to check the availability of flights. If not, you may be filled with regular calls from the travel agent, which may become a bother and a time blow!

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