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At Fred. Olsen Business Travel we have the benefit of an unbiased computerised reservation system (CRS) called Sabre. Sabre allows our staff to search the airlines, world-wide for routes to your preferred destination. Our system can obtain real-time availability ensuring that the fares given are the most up to date.
Complex itineraries are required more and more frequently. We utilise our systems and experience to offer the best seat for you. Whether it is based on fare or routing, our choice of airlines and fares are considerable from upper class tickets to low cost, ‘no frills’ airlines we’ve got it covered.
Our CRS displays availability by class and indicates to our staff the conditions and limitations associated with the reservation. As a general rule, fixed fares booked well in advance will be cheaper, but there will be penalties for changing.
The most expensive ticket prices are associated with fully flexible, fully changeable and fully transferable tickets.
Fred. Olsen Business Travel also have access to Net tickets. These tickets will produce substantial cost savings, but will be more restricted and will carry penalties for cancellation or change. More importantly, this type of ticket will not be transferable to another carrier.
No-Frills Carriers provide competitive ticket prices but may involve use of airports remote from city centres. Fares normally increase closer to the departure date and become less competitive with the schedule carriers. The majority of carriers allow name and flight changes – at a cost. Taxes for unused or cancelled flights are not returned. Fred. Olsen Business Travel will search all available methods to meet a preferred itinerary. In some cases and to meet timing constraints, the ideal solution may require a mix of low-cost and schedule carrier.
There are various internet search engines in the market-place that purport to offer all options. Net and consolidated fares would not necessarily be available to them. Also, many of the sites are biased, and some do not offer last-minute availability. None that we know will allow an option to be held. Their systems depend on confirmed bookings. This practice runs counter to the norm in business travel, where last-minute changes are inevitable and part and parcel of the business travel trade.
Dynamic packaging is a system where all elements of travel (air, car-hire and hotel) are offered from one source but by separate suppliers. No single agency takes responsibility for all the elements – it is a case of ‘buyer beware’ in the event that not all the elements are produced. Changes to one element will not be triggered by changes in another.