Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




185 posts

Master Geek


Topic # 87836 8-Aug-2011 16:14
Send private message

Could somebody please let me know a travel agent that does not charge a credit card surcharge? All of the ones I have spoken to so far charge 2% and when you're booking 4 long haul tickets its quite a lot!

Thanks in advance.

View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
 1 | 2 | 3
6433 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1571


  Reply # 503413 8-Aug-2011 16:15
Send private message

don't use an agent. buy direct from whoever you want to book with



185 posts

Master Geek


  Reply # 503418 8-Aug-2011 16:20
Send private message

I would but I can't bring up the same route online. Its with Lufthansa and has a different stopover each way.

 
 
 
 


938 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 220

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 503426 8-Aug-2011 16:30
Send private message

beforenightfalls: I would but I can't bring up the same route online. Its with Lufthansa and has a different stopover each way.


Call the airline.  If you can't book it online they will usually do you a special deal anyway.  The the Travel Agent has given you a price use that as the starting point for bartering.  The Airline would happily give you a discount over paying the TA a commission.




Procrastination eventually pays off.

13541 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1648


  Reply # 503428 8-Aug-2011 16:34
Send private message

beforenightfalls: Could somebody please let me know a travel agent that does not charge a credit card surcharge? All of the ones I have spoken to so far charge 2% and when you're booking 4 long haul tickets its quite a lot!

Thanks in advance.


They do get charged by their credit card provider that fee, so whether they pass it on directly, or it is covered by their fees, you are paying for it anyway. Airlines can also charge it.

25975 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 5652

Moderator
Trusted
Biddle Corp
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 503442 8-Aug-2011 16:48
Send private message

Doubt you'll find one. Credit card fees are pretty considerable on a $2k + airfare and would absorb a chunk of their already slim margins.

938 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 220

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 503445 8-Aug-2011 16:51
Send private message

sbiddle: Doubt you'll find one. Credit card fees are pretty considerable on a $2k + airfare and would absorb a chunk of their already slim margins.

And then some - flights to the UK going to be 10-15K for 3 adults (one of which is only 12) and 1 child.  Although some great deals around if you are prepared to shop around.




Procrastination eventually pays off.

6303 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 378

Moderator
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 503459 8-Aug-2011 17:19
Send private message

Pay cash?

13573 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2326

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 503471 8-Aug-2011 18:01
Send private message

I used http://www.Expedia.co.nz to book my last holiday. I'll never go back to a regular travel agent again.

sbiddle: Doubt you'll find one. Credit card fees are pretty considerable on a $2k + airfare and would absorb a chunk of their already slim margins.


I think their margins are pretty healthy. If you check expedia vs a Flight Centre quote you can see how much they pad it. Plus on expedia last time I got 50% off the accommodation, booking Fiji two months out, we got a suite for less than Flight Centre was charging for a regular little room :)




AWS Certified Solution Architect Professional, Sysop Administrator Associate, and Developer Associate
TOGAF certified enterprise architect
Professional photographer


478 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 33


  Reply # 503472 8-Aug-2011 18:02
Send private message

Wifey (travel agent) says its not always the case. Ive sent you a PM if you want to contact her via email and she can advise better :-)



185 posts

Master Geek


  Reply # 503473 8-Aug-2011 18:04
Send private message

If I knew how to bring up the same route with expedia I would! Its about $6000 more when I put the same route in with them! I will have a go at calling Lufthansa tomorrow.

25975 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 5652

Moderator
Trusted
Biddle Corp
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 503474 8-Aug-2011 18:11
Send private message

timmmay: I used http://www.Expedia.co.nz to book my last holiday. I'll never go back to a regular travel agent again.

sbiddle: Doubt you'll find one. Credit card fees are pretty considerable on a $2k + airfare and would absorb a chunk of their already slim margins.


I think their margins are pretty healthy. If you check expedia vs a Flight Centre quote you can see how much they pad it. Plus on expedia last time I got 50% off the accommodation, booking Fiji two months out, we got a suite for less than Flight Centre was charging for a regular little room :)


Margins on most flights are typically around 5% - 7.5% these days. Travel agents make all their money selling extras.

If you're making 5% on a flight having to absorb half of that on credit card fees isn't good.

19282 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2600
Inactive user


  Reply # 503475 8-Aug-2011 18:11
Send private message

Just pay the 2% sounds like all the leg work you are doing is crazy

637 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 2

Trusted

  Reply # 503479 8-Aug-2011 18:18
Send private message

It's typical now. Some travel agents used to get around it by running the charges through the airline, but even now many airlines charge a credit card payment fee (and it's often more than 2% since they are usually a fixed charge per ticket).

I'd be surprised if you can avoid it unless you find yourself booking a fairly expensive package holiday where they can absorb it in their margins (hotels, cars, etc all provide much better commissions than airfares do).

I shudder when I see how much I pay each year in travel agency fees, particularly when my travel agent is a computer. I don't mind paying for humans when they're good, because a good travel agent can save me far more than I'd ever pay in CC charges.

1575 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 687


  Reply # 503556 8-Aug-2011 20:43
Send private message

Somehwat off-topic but related. Despite the numerous on-line options available for booking travel and the financial situation of the last few years there must still be money to be made in running a travel-agent shop. I can think of at least 9 within a 1 km radius of the middle of Lambton Quay.




Don't use 'beefstew' as a password.  It's not stroganoff.


835 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 117

Trusted

  Reply # 503558 8-Aug-2011 20:47
Send private message

Play the agents against each other with their price matching promises . I saved the 2% CC fee with a 200 meter walk up and down Willis Street in Welly a few months ago

 1 | 2 | 3
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic



Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Fujifilm X beats its best with new top of the range, high-performance camera
Posted 24-Feb-2018 14:05


One million kiwis affected by cybercrime
Posted 24-Feb-2018 13:58


New Zealanders want to engage with government online and via mobile apps
Posted 24-Feb-2018 13:56


Samsung launches Samsung Max
Posted 24-Feb-2018 13:52


CPTPP text and National Interest Analysis released for public scrutiny
Posted 21-Feb-2018 19:43


Foodstuffs to trial digitised shopping trolleys
Posted 21-Feb-2018 18:27


2018: The year of zero-login, smart cars & the biometrics of things
Posted 21-Feb-2018 18:25


Intel reimagines data centre storage with new 3D NAND SSDs
Posted 16-Feb-2018 15:21


Ground-breaking business programme begins in Hamilton
Posted 16-Feb-2018 10:18


Government to continue search for first Chief Technology Officer
Posted 12-Feb-2018 20:30


Time to take Appleā€™s iPad Pro seriously
Posted 12-Feb-2018 16:54


New Fujifilm X-A5 brings selfie features to mirrorless camera
Posted 9-Feb-2018 09:12


D-Link ANZ expands connected smart home with new HD Wi-Fi cameras
Posted 9-Feb-2018 09:01


Dragon Professional for Mac V6: Near perfect dictation
Posted 9-Feb-2018 08:26


OPPO announces R11s with claims to be the picture perfect smartphone
Posted 2-Feb-2018 13:28



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.