Comments on: Travel Agents protest with sweets and smile http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/07/14/travel-agents-do-a-munna-bhai/ Perspectives on South Asian politics Thu, 02 Jun 2016 08:03:22 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Acrossocean http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/07/14/travel-agents-do-a-munna-bhai/comment-page-1/#comment-27944 Wed, 27 Feb 2013 07:24:40 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/07/14/travel-agents-do-a-munna-bhai/#comment-27944 Hats off to travel Agents India.Despite of obtaining such a low comission they did marvellous job because I my self realise whenever I pan for trip, I always use to hire travel agents and they always satisfies me with their good work.Really appreciable work.

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By: Rajiv http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/07/14/travel-agents-do-a-munna-bhai/comment-page-1/#comment-875 Mon, 11 Aug 2008 05:54:08 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/07/14/travel-agents-do-a-munna-bhai/#comment-875 I have witness the sea change in travel pattern in India in past 10 years.

First it is not ONLY 5% commission but airlines offers 30 days credit to agents (No body in above comments want to reveal) but THE End User has to settle account immediately except big clients/accounts. Mind it earlier big accounts were amounting 80% of air-travel now it is merely 30%. An individual travel has grown a lot.
This individual is well informed, tech savvy and has net access all the time from office and home via laptop, mobile etc. and uses credit card almost daily.

Coming back to credit from airlines when individual book the ticket he pays immediately but if he approach for cancellation agents always buy one month time.

I am fed up with these agents casualness with temporary recruited Front Desk eXecutives, frequently I have to tell them short mnemonics to retrieval/insertion of data to airlines database.

The move to cut commission and pass it to pax will increase the profitability of airlines; that are also responsible for their stock holders.

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By: ASHUTOSH http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/07/14/travel-agents-do-a-munna-bhai/comment-page-1/#comment-717 Mon, 28 Jul 2008 09:31:13 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/07/14/travel-agents-do-a-munna-bhai/#comment-717 Air India one of the major Airline who had started this issue and later many Airlines followed Air India. I think Air India spending lot of money on their staff which is unneccissary. They should cut their expenses like they have appointed sales person for the travel agency and we all knows most of the sales person are useless. Airlines should think about of cut cost instead of 0% commission to travel agents. Travel agents gives 85% business to airlines and do really hard work. Airlines just gives 5% commission on basic fare most of the time travel agents passes this commission to the passenger. these days when the ticket is issued we can see taxes and fuel surcharge amount is more than the basic fare. I don’t know how the airlines will be benifited with this 5% reduce move.

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By: Suresh Joshi http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/07/14/travel-agents-do-a-munna-bhai/comment-page-1/#comment-688 Fri, 25 Jul 2008 10:03:41 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/07/14/travel-agents-do-a-munna-bhai/#comment-688 Travel Agents are the backbone of the Aviation Industry. Stopping the payment of commission by the airlines is sure to put the last nail on the airlines coffin.

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By: Suresh Joshi http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/07/14/travel-agents-do-a-munna-bhai/comment-page-1/#comment-687 Fri, 25 Jul 2008 10:00:21 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/07/14/travel-agents-do-a-munna-bhai/#comment-687 Travel Agents are the backbone of the Aviation Industry. Stopping the payment of commission by the airlines is sure to the put the last nail on the airlines coffin.

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By: Sunil Bijlani http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/07/14/travel-agents-do-a-munna-bhai/comment-page-1/#comment-677 Thu, 24 Jul 2008 07:25:47 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/07/14/travel-agents-do-a-munna-bhai/#comment-677 My Friend ! I spent 26 Years in this Industry .i can site several ways how airlines are mis-managed and are responsible for their own losses Agents 5 % is a miniscule ammount .Are you aware corporate are paid incentives upto 15% and they are after our 5 % . Most of the airlines fly 35 % seats empty but are not ready to sell at reasonable prices, but want to extract maximum fare from pax . If Japan . Hongkong Australia can survive with 7-9 % commission why not India . Plus Anylize are you making those Billion $ losses ex India NO . american airlines have ridiculous prices wherby cost of travel from home to Airport is 80 $ but you can fly to a lot of destinations for 50 $ , you make losses in US and want to claim in India .

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By: hitesh http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/07/14/travel-agents-do-a-munna-bhai/comment-page-1/#comment-663 Wed, 23 Jul 2008 04:19:43 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/07/14/travel-agents-do-a-munna-bhai/#comment-663 first of all,you have to understand the roles of these easily accessible travel agents to know the impact of the decision.but on the other hand we can’t run away from the fact that the airline are facing financial crisis.so,an reduction in the commission rates can be a mutually beneficial solution.

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By: Sunil Bijlani http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/07/14/travel-agents-do-a-munna-bhai/comment-page-1/#comment-655 Tue, 22 Jul 2008 12:49:43 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/07/14/travel-agents-do-a-munna-bhai/#comment-655 Hi
I these Guy’s Who want to do away with a travel agent have never ever flown before or have never had a a full service agent who offers all services like visas – cheap airfares , parts commission out of his income making travel more cheaper , the agent is available at every beck n call eg when you are stuck abroad with departed flight , sends you ticket when you dont have cash or or have surpased the credit limit on card .lost your bag any emergency like you pay him after you come back simply becoz you are out of cash .

All the best in case we become Extinct. Which i seriously doubt !

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By: Kamlesh http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/07/14/travel-agents-do-a-munna-bhai/comment-page-1/#comment-639 Mon, 21 Jul 2008 03:40:27 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/07/14/travel-agents-do-a-munna-bhai/#comment-639 It is a good decision . It has come aafter a long way.
Company as well as the passenger will benefit.

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By: Ram Kamal http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/07/14/travel-agents-do-a-munna-bhai/comment-page-1/#comment-628 Sat, 19 Jul 2008 07:00:02 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/07/14/travel-agents-do-a-munna-bhai/#comment-628 Airlines should look into their passenger’s profile before they come with a major decision like this. May be their statistics might be correct but the reality check will prove 80% or over passengers in India is still service depended and Airlines can’t simply say that they do not want agents. It is like cutting the branch they are sitting. More than that by playing many different class in all most all English alphabets to give different pricing for normal economy tickets by the airline, how come a passenger can believe the airline is truly giving is five percent discount directly to the passenger! At least the travel agent shares the discount with passengers who pay at the time of booking.

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