If you’re a frequent international business traveler, you know all too well how fares work. Unfortunately, you have probably never been able to make them work for you. You purchase tickets a few weeks or even a few days before departure only to find that great fare you found a month ago has more than doubled. When you try to purchase early, your plans inevitably change and you end up paying what seems to be a King’s ransom plus a penalty. To make matters worse, your initial ticket was non-refundable. Even though there may be lower fares with other airlines, you are locked in to the initial carrier as they have your money.
If the scenario above sounds familiar, then Passport Premiere may be for you. Airlines program business class fares to begin increasing as early as 50 days from the date of departure and continue to move up at intervals of 28 days, 21 days, 14 days and 7 days prior to departure. However, parabolic fare increases are only sustainable when there is a market of price insensitive business travelers willing to fly at any price. Market reality indicates this is rarely the case. Carriers attempt to penalize business travelers with excessive fare premiums. Some travelers may buy in at the elevated fare levels, but not enough to distribute the remainder of their unsold inventory for most departures. Despite what the published fare structure suggests, carriers do recognize that unsold seats have NO VALUE after a flight departs
Passport Premiere connects international business travelers to distressed business class inventory. We provide our members lower price points compared with fares available in the open market for purchases made less than 30 days from the travel date. Simultaneously, we aid the carrier in distributing seats that may have otherwise gone unsold. For example, business class travel between the West Coast and Frankfurt purchased 50 days or more in advance typically carries BUY IT NOW pricing of $4,400 + taxes. The same ticket purchased less than 14 days from departure sells for nearly $10,000. If the carrier is unable to find enough travelers to pay elevated fare levels, seats will likely go unsold. As previously discussed, unsold seats are worthless after a flight departs. When there are unsold seats, Premiere members benefit from having pricing rolled back to what would have been paid had the member completed their purchase 30 days or more from the travel date. This feature provides business travelers with maximum flexibility allowing them to confirm travel much closer to the departure date without being penalized by escalating fare levels.
Passport Premiere also connects business travelers to over 6 million contract fare combinations in business and first class from North America. Contract fares may be higher than fares secured through Fare Monitor, but provide our business audience the optimal combination of value added pricing with flexibility.