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Where can I find discounted business- or first-class fares?

Airfare Question of the Month
by , SmarterTravel Staff
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Editor's Note: This story was originally published on June 2, 2005. To see the most recent SmarterTravel articles on related topics, please click on any of the following links: airfare, Airfare Question of the Month, Jessica Labrencis.

Dear Editor,

Where can I find discounted first- or business-class tickets?

L.S.

Dear Reader,

In general, SmarterTravel.com covers primarily economy-class airfare sales, and offers advice for budget travelers. However, in recent weeks we've received several questions regarding business- and first-class fares, so we turned to the experts to answer your question.

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SmarterTravel.com columnist and consumer travel advocate Ed Perkins shared a list of a dozen or so discount agencies that specialize in business- and first-class tickets. The fares offered by these sites offer discounts of up to 50 percent off the regular fare. Some of these sites do not list fares; instead, travelers have to submit a request for a price quote and wait for a response from the company.

Keep in mind that Perkins has not used many of these sites, so he (and SmarterTravel.com) cannot vouch for their reliability. Remember to always pay with a credit card in order to protect yourself.

If you're a frequent flyer, we suggest subscribing to First Class Flyer. A subscription (which ranges from $24.50 to $187 per year, at the time of publication) entitles you to an e-mail newsletter with fare alerts, news, and tips about how to find unpublished first- and business-class fares.

 
 
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