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Airfare discounts for ATypI Amsterdam 2013

ATypI has made arrangements with Delta Airlines and with SkyTeam, Delta’s global alliance partner, to give attendees flying to ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam discounts on their airfares. There are two separate plans, one from anywhere in the world and the second one from the United States or Canada only.

 

For all travelers to ATypI: SkyTeam* discount:

The first agreement, with SkyTeam, of which Delta is a member, gives us a discount of up to 15% on fares from any of the 19 SkyTeam member airlines, originating anywhere that member airline flies.

To book online, go to www.skyteam.com/GlobalMeetings and enter your Event ID, 2414S

 

For travel from the USA and canada to ATypI: Delta discount

The second agreement, with Delta Airlines, gives us a 10% discount on unrestricted fares and a 5% discount on restricted fares from the United States or Canada on Delta/KLM/AF/Alitalia.

To book online, go to http://www.delta.com/booking/searchFlights.do?displayTripType=roundtrip and enter your Meeting ID: NMG9N

While many services offer discount airfares, and you may be able to find a better deal yourself if you book early, fares will undoubtedly go up; the discounts we have negotiated may prove especially useful if you’re making your reservations closer to October.

 

Reality check: why are these discounts useful?

Our executive director, Barbara Jarzyna, gives us a peek under the hood of the travel industry:

I wonder if you notice that when you start to research your travel plans, several months out, the prices are reasonable and perhaps a bit less on discount sites for both hotel and airline tickets? You then think, OK, it is not so costly to get from A to B, so you sit on it for a while.

As you get closer to your travel date, you might notice that some prices have gone up a lot, while others are not so high, so you think, OK, I can still get that cheaper fare.

Time goes by, and then you have a real short time and you see that you now have little choice because all prices are high and, in fact, the airline itself is the cheapest fare.

This is because the discount programs such as Kayak, Expedia, etc., purchase blocks of seats from the airlines and once they are depleted, they revert to the airline cost. Also, as the seats sell, the inventory depletes and it is all about supply and demand.

This holds true for the hotel industry as well. As rooms sell at the cheaper rates, the demand goes up, so they can charge higher rates.

 

*SkyTeam comprises 19 leading international airlines: Aeroflot, Aerolíneas Argentinas, Aeroméxico, Air Europa, Air France, Alitalia, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Kenya Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air, Middle East Airlines, Saudia, TAROM, Vietnam Airlines and Xiamen Air, serving 1,000 destinations in 187 countries with over 15,000 flights daily.