An airline consolidator (sometimes called as bucket shops) is a specific kind of
airline ticketreseller. Consolidators work through contracts with major carriers to manage blocks of airline seatinventory at reduced prices which they then sell. The main benefit being that fares through consolidators will be lower than published rates available from the airlines themselves. Airlines consolidators do not buy the seats in bulk for resale, they sell the available inventory at contracted rates.
Consolidators are most beneficial in international markets. For domestic US markets, typically, they are only advantageous for
business classand first classfares. Tickets purchased through consolidators may have very different fare rules than typical published fares, and sometimes frequent flyercredit may not be accrued.
Even though many consolidators are online, most consolidators still work only through bona fide retail
* [http://www.hasbrouck.org/faq/ Airline Ticket Consolidators and Bucket Shops FAQ]
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