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How to benchmark fares: C Teleport vs other agents

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  • Jun 17, 2024
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C Teleport offers the best rates for crew travel, but it’s essential to compare fares correctly to see the true value. In this article, we guide you on how to effectively compare rates between C Teleport and other agents, demonstrating why C Teleport is consistently your best choice!

When comparing fares for crew travel, starting with the right approach is crucial. C Teleport’s advanced platform ensures you get the most accurate and fair prices without holding seats. This means you can see the real-time availability of fares, unlike other agents who might reserve seats to provide quotes.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to ensure you’re benchmarking fares correctly and making the best decision for your travel needs.

Step-by-step guide to benchmarking fares

Step 1 – Always start with C Teleport first
When benchmarking fares, it is crucial to begin your comparison with C Teleport. Unlike other agents, C Teleport shows live availability without holding seats, giving you an accurate picture of available fares without any reservations affecting the prices.

Why is this important? When other agents reserve seats to provide a quote, those seats are temporarily removed from the pool of available options. This can lead to increased prices, as airlines adjust their pricing based on perceived demand.

By starting with C Teleport, you avoid this issue and ensure a more accurate comparison.

Step 2 – Use filters effectively
Apply filters based on arrival, departure, and stops to narrow down your flight options. C Teleport’s system displays the cheapest to most expensive options, making it easy to find the best deal. Using filters helps you tailor your search to your specific travel needs and find the most cost-effective options.

Step 3 – Select your flight
Choose a flight that suits your needs from the options provided by C Teleport. This is your baseline fare for comparison. By selecting a flight on C Teleport first, you establish a clear benchmark against which you can compare other quotes.

Step 4 – Request quotes from other agents
After noting the fare from C Teleport, request quotes from other travel agents. Remember, these agents will book the seats to give you a quote, which can affect availability and price.

It’s important to keep track of the quotes and the conditions associated with them for accurate comparison.

Step 5 – Compare accurately
Ensure you’re comparing the same date, route, and fare and airline carrier. Prices can fluctuate based on these factors, so an apples-to-apples comparison is vital. Compare fares on the same day for the most accurate benchmarking. This step helps you avoid discrepancies and ensures that you’re making a fair comparison.

Step 6 – Limit the number of agents
Using too many agents can signal increased demand for airlines, potentially driving up prices. We recommend comparing with no more than two other agents to avoid this. Limiting the number of agents involved helps keep the market stable and prevents artificial inflation of prices.

VIDEO: How to accurately benchmark fares

To provide a clear understanding of the fare comparison process, we have created a detailed video tutorial. This video guides you through each step of comparing fares between C Teleport and other agents, highlighting essential tips and best practices to ensure accurate and cost-effective results.

Watch the video to learn more:

By following these steps, you can confidently compare rates and see why C Teleport consistently offers the best deals for your crew travel needs.

Additional insights on effective fare benchmarking

Understanding Fare Families and availability
Different fare families offer varying levels of flexibility, benefits, and pricing. It’s important to understand these differences when making comparisons. C Teleport displays all available fare families, helping you make an informed decision.

The impact of booking times on fare prices
Airlines often adjust prices based on how far in advance tickets are purchased. Booking early can sometimes yield better rates, but last-minute deals may also be available. C Teleport helps you monitor these changes and choose the optimal booking time.

Real-time seat availability and filters
Sometimes, flights might not appear due to strict filters or split ticketing. Ensuring your filters are appropriately set can help in seeing all available options. C Teleport runs multiple searches simultaneously to provide comprehensive results, ensuring you don’t miss out on any potential flights.

Considering the ‘total cost’ of crew travel management
When benchmarking fares, it’s essential to consider the total cost of crew travel management, not just the airline fares. This includes the time and effort involved in booking, managing changes, cancellations, data inputting, financing, and support. C Teleport’s advanced platform simplifies these processes, saving you significant time and energy, thus reducing the overall cost of travel management.

Why C Teleport is your best option

C Teleport’s approach of showing live prices without holding seats gives you a fair and transparent view of the market. This method prevents price hikes due to reservations and offers a clear picture of available fares. Additionally, the value of C Teleport extends beyond just fare savings. The convenience and efficiency it offers significantly reduce the time and effort required for searching, booking, and managing travel changes. Seamless integration with industry-specific crew software ensures real-time data syncs and fast issue resolution minimises disruptions. Factoring in these aspects, C Teleport not only offers competitive fares but also substantial savings in time and management costs, making it the best choice for your crew travel needs.

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