February 14, 1988 |
I read about inexpensive airline tickets that are available through "consolidators. " How does one find a consolidator to check on these prices? A consolidator buys unsold airline seats in bulk from scheduled airlines, then resells them to the public at deeply discounted prices. There is no association of consolidators, nor is there a listing under the heading if you check the Yellow Pages. Most consolidators are local in scope and tend to be fairly recent additions to the sales scheme.
February 19, 2012 |
Question: I planned a once-in-a-lifetime trip for my two children and me to South Africa. I used a travel agency to book the airline tickets. My travel agent told me the flight was on American Airlines. As the date got closer, I called American and was told the booking was there but hadn't been paid for. I immediately confirmed and paid for the reservation. When I called my travel agent, I found out they had changed the flight arrangements to British Airways. I called American Airlines less than 24 hours later to cancel the reservation I had made.
August 26, 1991 |
Beginning next year, travelers will be able to walk up to a new kind of device - strikingly similar to a bank automated-teller machine (ATM) - and purchase an airline ticket. If the new Travel Teller Plus ticket-delivery system works as its owners plan, about 1,000 of the machines will be installed in airports nationwide over the next four years. An additional 4,000 machines eventually will be churning out tickets in many of the same kind of places where consumers look for bank ATMs, including office-building lobbies, shopping centers, branch banks and supermarkets, according to Travel Teller Inc. Travel Teller, the Phoenix company that will be selling and installing the machines in cooperation with travel agencies, says its device actually changes only a small part of the airline ticketing process - how a passenger takes physical delivery of a ticket.
August 24, 1998 |
The idea of businesspeople banding together to buy supplies in bulk so they get a volume discount is hardly new. A century ago, American farmers began doing so with grain cooperatives, many of them still in existence today, that bought large quantities of seed and resold it to co-op members. In the airline industry, the world's largest carriers are forming marketing and service alliances with one another. Among their reasons, some airlines have said, is that the partnerships enable them to buy everything from jet fuel to packs of peanuts in larger volumes to save money.
September 23, 1996 |
Following the rules for using airline tickets can be tricky. Just ask Franklin H. Littell, a clergyman, and his wife, Marcia Sachs Littell, a teacher, who live in Merion Station. Their recent experience provides a buyer-beware warning about what can happen to the value of an airline ticket if you get erroneous information from airline personnel over the phone. The Littells traveled extensively over the years to religious conferences and speaking engagements, building up miles in United Airlines' Mileage Plus frequent-flier program.
December 20, 2013 |
WHITEMARSH The former head of a banking company whose failure cost customers and investors tens of millions of dollars has accused his former executive assistant of withdrawing cash and buying herself airline tickets, hotel stays, and other items totaling $6,843 with his credit card. Peggy Castaneda of Philadelphia was arraigned Wednesday in front of District Judge Deborah Lukens on one count of theft by unlawful taking or disposition, and one count of receiving stolen property. Castaneda, 41, waived her preliminary hearing, and the case was transferred to Montgomery County Court.
May 23, 2012 |
A 22-year-old Bensalem Township man who found an extra $69,300 mistakenly deposited into his bank account surrendered today on charges he spent most of the money. Police said Joseph Bucci, of the 3300 block West End Avenue in Trevose, used the money to buy food, clothing, furniture, a vehicle, airline tickets and a pet dog. Bucci was charged with theft and receiving stolen property, both third-degree felonies. Police said Wells Fargo accidentally deposited the money in his account but by the time the bank discovered the error, he only had $2,000 remaining.
July 11, 2010 |
Question: I'm hoping you can help me. I read your column, and I really believe you are my last option. My family and I were scheduled to visit Walt Disney World for six nights this spring. However, life got complicated when our daughter ran away. We called police and reported her a runaway, and then canceled our vacation. She had not come home, and the police suggested we not leave the state while our minor child was missing. While I realize the running away of minor children is not a listed excuse for travel cancellation, how can it not be a bona fide reason?
July 31, 1988 |
Travelers flying Pan Am are being offered free accommodations again this year at 400 lodgings in Britain, France and Ireland. To qualify, guests must dine (breakfast and dinner) at the bed-and-breakfasts, inns, hotels and manor houses that participate in the program. Other benefits are 50 percent reductions at 500 restaurants. Hotels and restaurants are described in a directory, and coupons provided are good for up to 15 nights at the various properties (London excluded). Requests for a directory and coupons must be made before airline tickets are issued.
July 21, 2008
I CAN'T BELIEVE Jocelyn Kirsch, charged in the ID-theft case, has a mental illness. Did she have this illness while she allegedly stole credit cards from hapless victims? She didn't have a problem getting airline tickets to travel to faraway places from a ticket rep who didn't find anything wrong with her. Was she ill while with her boyfriend, having a good time having sex in her hotel at the victims' expense? Now that she's been caught, she's diagnosed with so-called mental illness, thanks to a cooked-up sheme just to get her out of jail.