For many, the act of searching for the lowest possible published airline ticket fare has become somewhat of a mildly enjoyable exercise. Working in the travel industry, we are constantly interacting with customers that are comparing fares and routes, intent on making sure every dollar is well spent.
As the year comes to a close, it is a time for reflection. 2017 has been extremely good to us here at The Air Travel Group. In September, we learned that INC Magazine crowned us as America’s fastest growing travel company. We’ve finished our first full year at our new location and have gained major traction in new business verticals.
With all that being said, we can’t overlook (and say thank you) to the scores of tour operators who trust us to handle their group air needs.
Here are the 6 chief reasons more tour operators trust their group air needs to The Air Travel Group than anyone else in the country.
We hold top account status at many of the top airlines. Because of our volumes, we receive better pricing than our competitors. Period.
DEDICATED ACCOUNT TEAM
Our team is an extension of yours. Each travel partner is assigned their own dedicated agent or team. We learn the ins and outs of your business while developing a professional relationship.
OUR AGENTS ARE GOOD!
Our team is all based in-house and many are former airline employees, meaning they know the ins and outs of the industry. Just like top tier law firms only hire from Harvard or Yale, we only have the best join our team.
BETTER CONTRACT TERMS
We are blessed to have special contracts with many airlines, giving us waived deposits and better terms & conditions on our contracts.
Should your group be traveling internationally, you can partner with no better travel agency than The Air Travel Group. We have unreal group prices to Europe and often save between 10-40% off published fares. And if you don’t believe us, we will send you a free quote!
Our partners love using ATGConnect, our group travel management system. Our proprietary software was built from scratch to suit your exact needs. Manage all aspects of your group air needs online (view, approve, pay, submit names, request new quote, and so much more). In the Spring of 2018, we will be launching our second version, which will further improve our platform!
While the world goes into holiday mode this December, we are hard at work planning to make 2018 our best year yet. We are extremely grateful for all of our existing partners and look forward to forging new relationships in 2018.
Should you have travel related questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Every globetrotter and frequent traveler understands the value of quality luggage. Poorly made and performing luggage can make the already burdensome walk from Gate D2 to A1 in Atlanta seem downright treacherous.
About a year ago, I took a chance on a new luggage company called AWAY. Their content caught my eye on social media and I dipped into their website to see what AWAY was all about.
3 days later, I purchased the “Bigger Carry-On,” (they don’t get points for a creative name). I was immediately impressed with the sleek design and hard outside shell. The bag was incredibly light but also structurally sound.
AWAY makes packing and organizing a breeze, the two compartments help keep all packed items quickly accessible. Rolling a full suitcase around is effortless, as you should expect to enjoy a very smooth roll whether on 2 wheels or 4.
By far my favorite feature, and the one that has saved the day multiple times, is the built-in electronics charger.
That’s right, this bag can charge up to two cell phones at the same time! All of my friends get a kick out of it. That feature has saved the day on multiple occasions.
I was a little bummed to learn that many airlines are banning “smart-bags” because of associated dangers lithium batteries carry. However, the built in battery is quickly removable should TSA give you any trouble.
At $245 for the larger carry-on makes an AWAY suitecase an easy investment for a frequent traveler.
Note: We receive no commission and have zero affiliation with AWAY. We just really like their bags!
Small Business Saturday.
With every company vying for consumer attention, sale fatigue is setting in. And while we have nothing specifically to sell you, we did want to make you aware that right after Cyber Monday, frequent travelers can add Travel Tuesday to holiday purchase cycle.
(And yes, Travel Tuesday is unofficially becoming a “thing”).
According to the travel app Hopper (which predicts airfare prices), the best day of the year to purchase airfare is the Tuesday after Thanksgiving!
Should you be looking for low published rates, be sure to wake up early on Tuesday, November 28– as best time to score an awesome rate is usually between 6:30am- 9:30am EST.
Deals will likely include flights to Central and South America in the $300-$400 range, flights to the U.K. and Europe in the $600-800s, and even more cities as well as many in Asia for $600 to $750.
Domestically, the legacy airlines aren’t as inclined to offer low prices, as they operate on smaller margins. Travelers should expect domestic round trips for under $300 (except to Hawaii, but you knew that).
Should you be interested in traveling internationally in the summer and fall of 2018, be sure to sign up for our newest venture, CloudClub.
In the Spring of 2018, we will be launching a new travel company that takes users’ collective interested and creates pre-constructed trips for up to 40% published rates– internally, we explain it like Groupon, but for international travel!
You can sign up to get free alerts prior to the platform’s launch by clicking here.
CloudClub will be offering some amazing fares to Europe:
Orlando to Rome: $839
Washington DC to Paris: $815
Dallas to Athens: $950
For more information on future discounted international flight options, be sure to check out CloudClub’s teaser site!
Should you be traveling in the future, be sure to get to the airport 30-60 minutes earlier then usual. The United States and TSA are unveiling a new wave of security protocols on Thursday.
The new security measures apply to every flight coming into the U.S. from a foreign airport. They include closer inspections of personal electronic devices, beefed up security, and more thorough passenger interviews upon check-in.
Because laptops and tablets are hard to distinguish from an explosive in an x-ray machine, passengers will now have to take anything electronic bigger than a cellphone out of their bag and place it on a bin.
At least two airlines — Air France and Lufthansa — confirmed that they will begin interviewing passengers on select flights tomorrow, with additional routes and other carriers expected to follow suit shortly.
According to multiple airlines, the interviews will be conducted during check-in or at the gate.
Rather than specifically mandating passenger interviews, the Department of Homeland Security and Transportation Security Administration instructed airlines to submit plans that would meet the enhanced passenger screening requirements initiated by Kelly.
Like the electronics screening requirement, the enhanced passenger screening requirements affect 280 airports in 105 countries running about 2,000 flights — with about 325,000 passengers — per day.
Though many airlines opted to do interviews, some may meet the requirements in other ways.
The Kelly initiative came amid a “web of threats to commercial aviation” as terrorists try to smuggle explosives onto jets inside laptops or other electronics, according to the DHS.
“We cannot play international whack-a-mole with each new threat,” Kelly said told reporters in June. “Instead, we must put in place new measures across the board to keep the traveling public safe and make it harder for terrorists to succeed.”
“Security adjustments rooted in legitimate concerns are a fact of life for travelers,” U.S. Travel Association Executive Vice President Jonathan Grella said in a statement today, adding that all changes in security posture should be “clearly communicated,” “continually reassessed” and “tailored to specific vulnerabilities.”