There are many tricks out there for booking the cheapest flight, and a lot has been written about hacking your way to paying less.
In 2016 the advice was to book exactly 56 days before departure. In 2017 we went nuts about mistake fares. In 2018 email subscriptions took off, where you could sign up for alerts of cheap prices, and in 2019, companies started offering everyday travelers access to wholesale airfares.
Over the past 4 years, I’ve written about each and every one of these trends. And each and every year I think:
This is it, travel can’t get ANY cheaper. This is the biggest game changer yet.
Because you can only hack your way so far before reaching the bottom. Surely, at some point, there’s no more room for any less. But I’m proven wrong year after year – travel does continue to get cheaper. And a new company called FlyLine has just defined 2020’s cheap flight trend.
By offering virtually interlined flights (I’ll explain that in plain English in a sec), while giving you access to wholesale prices, FlyLine is beating out companies like Skyscanner and Kayak for the cheapest flights, and is the newest way to book flights for less.
This is the biggest game changer yet.
See What's in This Post
- 1 What is FlyLine
- 2 Direct Access to Wholesale Prices
- 3 FlyLine Works for EVERYONE!
- 4 Searching for Flights with FlyLine
- 5 Example Search: Nashville – Amsterdam
- 6 Example Search: Launceston – Edinburgh
- 7 Example Search: NYC – LAX
- 8 How to Get the Best Savings
- 9 Virtually Interlined Flights
- 10 The Best Flight Deals on the Internet
- 11 Subscriptions
- 12 Stop Talking And Give Me The Sign Up Link
Book The CHEAPEST Flights on the Internet: FlyLine Lets You Buy at Wholesale Prices!
What is FlyLine
Actual photo of my hand, phone, and passport – I am actually a member of this amazing club!
FlyLine is a wholesale flight club with exclusive fares and zero markup; it’s a booking system based on a membership subscription.
They source flights from 250+ airlines at wholesale rates and sell them to you with zero markup. They also connect one-way flights from different carriers to deliver the best savings.
It was pretty ground breaking last year when a number of companies started offering public access to wholesale prices, and disrupted the travel industry by allowing everyday travelers to book flights without a retail price markup.
The concept that everyday travelers like you and me can source flights at the same rates as your local travel agent, without paying the agent commission or added costs that come with retail markup, blew minds.
It blew minds because wholesale rates are often up to 60% cheaper. But until now, you could only access these rates if you were a travel agent (whether online or human), with access to the Global Distribution System (GDS).
Well, in 2020, you don’t have to be a travel agent to access wholesale prices on flights. You can instead pay a yearly subscription fee and join FlyLine!
In one of my below flight examples you’ll see I saved $1,200 USD on ONE flight, which well surpasses the $50 yearly membership fee (which is $4 a month – to put that into perspective, you probably spend more on coffee!).
If you’re happy to take my word for it, jump over to FlyLine and join now! But I’m a big fan of in depth reviews and fully informed decisions, so if you’re like me, please do read on!
Direct Access to Wholesale Prices
A wholesale rate is the cost of something sold directly from a supplier to a retailer. Retailers negotiate highly discounted rates with airlines, who then mark the cost up at their discretion to sell to the average consumer.
Traditionally, the travel agent was a necessary link for airlines to be able to stay in business and sell to the public. But, because there was a middle man involved, they would discount the fare in acknowledgement of the agent needing to feed their children!
While the internet has since allowed travelers to book with airlines directly, travel agents have still remained important, and airlines still release their wholesale prices into the GDS, which is one streamlined system that more than 600,000 agents use, including online agencies like Expedia.
Agencies then markup the price to make their profit.
You’ve traditionally had to be a travel agent to access this system, and you still do. However some crazy genius realized they could shake up the travel industry by moving away from the retail markup, and instead charging a membership fee to travelers who wanted access to wholesale prices.
FlyLine is one of those innovative disruptors; a flight booking system which gives members access to wholesale airfares sourced directly from the GDS in exchange for membership dues. No more markups or fees.
Instead of profiting off an insane markup, access to their marketplace is via subscription; which is genius, because it’s affordable for the everyday traveler, who spends $50 a year to save thousands!
We save money, and they make money; $50 may seem like a small amount to pay to access the GDS like an agent, but it quickly adds up when thousands of travelers sign on!
FlyLine Works for EVERYONE!
The look of someone who knows they booked at the cheapest price! (AND I also ended up with a whole row!)
The workaround to hacking wholesale prices as an every-day traveler isn’t new. Previously, savvy travelers with the motivation and money to set themselves up as an independent travel agent would go this route.
But not everyone has the time, patience, or money to become an independent travel agent, even if the savings is huge. There’s a learning curve with the training involved, and often you need to connect with a host agency as your sponsor to get access to the GDS anyway.
Basically, it’s a great way to hack the system, but a lot of work.
FlyLine on the other hand is no work! Adam Ward and Zach Burau, business / tech gurus with access to the GDS, have created a booking portal that’s exactly like what you’re used to using to book travel, but hooked it directly into the GDS.
By signing up as a member you can search and book flights at wholesale prices, without having to jump through any hoops! You can save hundreds, if not thousands of dollars.
Searching for Flights with FlyLine
My FlyLine dashboard after signing up
It’s worth noting that I’ll only write an article about a service I’ve personally used and thoroughly tested. I’m not going to bang on about something being amazing for 1,000 words if it’s not actually legitimate.
So, this section is where I show you that FlyLine has been tried and tested!
When you sign up to FlyLine you get access to a personalised dashboard where you can search for flights, keep track of your deals, and access previous flight searches. At the top of the dashboard, you have access to the FlyLine booking engine where you can search for flights.
You’re able to filter search results by price, your preferred airline (there are 250+), time, the number of stops and more. You’re also able to easily exclude certain types of airlines, such as budget carriers, if you prefer not to fly them.
Once you find a flight, you click the ‘Book Now’ button, where you’ll be directed to the booking page and have the chance to add extra baggage, passenger names etc – all normal parts of the booking process.
Example Search: Nashville – Amsterdam
$193 in Savings
The first search I ran was between Nashville Tennessee (US), and Amsterdam. A return journey leaving next month, on the 25th of February. When compared to prices on Kayak, which bases its premise on being a comparison site to return the best deals on the internet, FlyLine returned a price that was $193 cheaper.
From looking at the options on FlyLine, their third option at $502 is actually the best, with much quicker transit times. While not the cheapest, this is STILL $175 cheaper than the cheapest option on Kayak.
In that one flight you’ve just made back your membership fee x3 if not x4. Here are the screenshots.
$484 vs $677
Example Search: Launceston – Edinburgh
$1,200 in Savings!!
When flying internationally from my home town in Australia, I typically book direct via Qantas, which is my main national carrier. There are always cheaper airlines, however I’m happy paying a couple of hundred dollars more as I have a Platinum frequent flier status with Qantas.
But when the savings equal $1,200, lounge access be damned, I’ll take the savings!
Now, worthwhile noting from these specific screenshots that FlyLine displays prices in USD, and Qantas searches display in AUD. So with the currency conversion of today, $2,939 AUD = roughly $2,029 USD.
From $746 on FlyLine, that’s a $1,200 USD saving! $1,283 for those who like exact math. I mean, who doesn’t like exact math?!
Once again, cheapest doesn’t always = best transit times, but as you can see, the huge range of options on FlyLine offer a variety of different transit times at various levels of saving. The best choice on FlyLine is actually the $877 option, which not only comes in well under Qantas on cost, but also has similar transit time.
$746 vs $2029
Example Search: NYC – LAX
International flights are commonly big money savers, because there’s a higher margin of markup. So, always a fan of thorough research, I thought it was also worth running a domestic USA flight search.
I’ve used wholesale systems before, and most commonly, domestic flights don’t ever return a huge savings; commonly on domestic flights, carriers will hold back their best fares for direct sale, which neutralizes the benefits of wholesale pricing.
However I ran a competitive flight route, between New York City and Los Angeles, and while the savings was minimal, FlyLine still came out on top (saved $24). And after-all, savings is savings!
$109 vs $133
How to Get the Best Savings
It’s worth noting that FlyLine isn’t always the cheapest. For instance, I ran a search between New York and Amsterdam, which returned an offer of $154 on FlyLine, or $134 on Skyscanner.
Granted, $20 isn’t a turn-off considering my 3 other searches brought back huge savings.
Based on my testing, FlyLine offers the cheapest flights on international fares roughly 80% of the time. On domestic flights, because many airlines now hold back their best fares to sell directly, FlyLine offers the cheapest price around 30% of the time.
Savings will be smaller if you’re traveling low cost carriers (like Spirit, Frontier etc), which have already discounted their service down to a wholesale level. However legacy carriers have huge markups, which is why I saved $1,200 on Qantas.
Major cities also equal major savings. For instance, Denver is a busy airport which operates a lot of flights, and therefore has a lot of empty seats. Aspen, not so much. So when searching domestic flights, pick a top 25 airport for bigger savings.
I also noticed that there weren’t any notable savings on last minute flights. The remaining seats on a purchase less than two weeks from departure is typically low and therefore not priced at wholesale rates. So it’s best to select a departure date at least two weeks out.
The other trick to maximize savings is to go for a virtually interlined flight.
Virtually Interlined Flights
What sets FlyLine apart from other companies offering access to wholesale rates, or even becoming an independent travel agent to join the GDS yourself, is their virtually interlined flight feature.
What this means is that when searching on FlyLine’s booking engine, they display results that combine one-way flights from different carriers and airlines that aren’t partners. This is a huge point of difference from other online flight engines who don’t offer this service.
So for instance, in my above search on Qantas.com, for the route from Launceston – Edinburgh, Qantas’ partners are Jetstar and British Airways, so they only display routes with those carriers.
FlyLine on the other hand pulled together a combination of Scoot, Qantas, and Easyjet onto the one ticket for a price that was $1,200 cheaper. Simply put, it allows you to connect two different one-way flights from different airlines who aren’t partners.
You can definitely take advantage of this type of savings without a FlyLine membership, however to do so you’d need to book separate one way flights with each airline. By combining multiple routes into a singular fare, FlyLine creates a seamless transaction that guarantees your connection and baggage transfers, while offering an unmatched rate.
The Best Flight Deals on the Internet
Wholesale rates and virtual interlining by themselves can generate great flight savings, but when you combine them what it creates is access to the best flight deals on the internet.
There may often be times where you decide you don’t want to go with the cheapest flight; for instance, just because a flight is the cheapest doesn’t mean it’s the shortest, or has the best connections. But by being a member of FlyLine you’ll always have the option.
Membership also allows you to set up deal alerts to passively monitor prices if you don’t want to actively hunt for deals through the booking engine. Either way, it’s pretty quick to make back the cost of your membership by the amount you save.
To get started on FlyLine is free; there’s a free 14 day trial with no strings attached; if you run your own searches and don’t come up with any savings (unlikely, but stranger things have happened!), you can cancel without fee.
When you sign up for your 14 day free trial, you’ll choose between either the basic plan or premium. The FlyLine Basic Plan is targeted towards leisure and solo travellers, and allows you to book a max of 6 trips every year. It costs $49.99 and includes automatic check-in on bookings.
The FlyLine Premium plan is $79.99 and designed for frequent travellers or families who don’t want to be restricted to only a handful of booking per year. On the Premium Plan, FlyLine offers unlimited bookings as well as the option to add an additional user to your account.
The additional user you add can also use the FlyLine service under your account making this the ideal option if you travel frequently with a friend or partner.
Regardless of whether you choose the basic plan for $50, or the premium plan for $80, you’ll likely make that back with your first international booking.
Especially if you’re flying from Launceston to Edinburgh!
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