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Booking Flights for the Holidays

Fall and Winter holidays are approaching fast. It is the perfect time to visit family and friends across the world.

Finding affordable flights and planning your itinerary can be stressful. Reduce the stress by working with a travel agency and planning your trip in advance.

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Nanak Flights opened their doors in 2013 with the goal of offering cheap flights to worldwide destinations. As a small-time agency based in Brampton, Ontario, this company has made quick strides in the industry.

They have been in business now for about five years and sold over 100 million fares. As registered members of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO), Nanak Flights puts a priority on safety, security, sustainability, and efficiency.

Nanak Flights has probably been so successful due to their emphasis on customer service. With relationships with 100 Airlines and 5 consolidators, you are likely to find the flight you need at a discounted price. You can easily browse flights on their user-friendly online booking engine.

If you are having trouble with your booking or finding what you need, they have experts at the ready on a live chat support or can be reached on their customer support line. They even have a helpful blog with detailed city guides.

Meta-Search Site Versus Third Party Booking

Apps, newsletters, and subscription sites which alert us to insane flight deals have seen a rise.

The wild world of the internet can be confusing, especially when it comes to booking flights. Many sites that people use to search for tickets are not actually booking sites. They are meta-search sites. This means they actually search many third-party booking sites like Nanak Flights and send you to those sites for booking.

When using a meta-search site, you aren’t actually booking your flight through them. The third-party site is the one actually in control of your booking. This is important in case you run into any problems. Many airlines will require you go through your booking agent for any changes unless you purchase your ticket directly from the airline.

Why Purchase Through Third Party Sites

These days it is not uncommon to purchase plane tickets through one of these third-party booking sites. But, why would you want to choose one of these sites over buying directly from the airline? There are a couple of situations where booking through a reputable third-party makes sense.

Many times, airlines don’t have the flight or itinerary you are looking for and another vendor is. Travel agencies like Nanak Flights specialize in stringing together specific itineraries using multiple airlines. They typically display the most popular destinations, but if you contact them directly, they can usually accommodate more unusually plans. Having someone else find you the best deals from multiple airlines can be much less frustrating than trying to negotiate yourself.

A lot of times these travel agencies are able to offer cheaper flights than the airline. Canceling your flight or changing your itinerary is sometimes difficult depending on the booking agency, but as long as you do your homework, you are already aware of any fees or requirements.

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What to Watch Out For

Currency: When searching for flights online, it is easy to find yourself on a site operated by a business in a foreign country. Make sure you know what currency the site displays their prices. Most companies do business in USD (U.S. Dollars).

This can be confusing if you are paying in a different currency. For instance, if you are Canadian, your credit card company will automatically charge you in Canadian dollars (CAD) even if prices are displayed in USD. This means you might not be receiving as good of a deal as you thought. Some sites allow you to change the display to your local currency.

Service Fee: Many third-party sites charge a fee for changes or cancellations. Be aware that airlines may have service fees as well, but it is good to know what you will ultimately be charged.

Check a company’s terms and conditions before booking. You don’t want to run into any surprises once you have booked your flight. Most service fees average around 40 USD.

Sites: Pay attention to what site you are on. When you are checking different rates, it is easy to get confused. Many sites have similar sounding names as well. Since different sites have different policies and service charges, you want to know what company you are ultimately buying from.

Before making a purchase, review the site’s terms and conditions and policies; check the currency listing. You might find yourself in a frustrating predicament if you don’t.


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Megan is an Australian Journalist and award-winning travel writer who has been blogging since 2007. Her husband Mike is the American naturalist and wildlife photographer behind Waking Up Wild; a website dedicated to opening your eyes to the wild & natural world.

Committed to bringing you the best in adventure travel from all around the globe, there is no mountain too high, and no fete too extreme! They haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on their list.

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