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The Pros and Cons of Cheap Flying
What's more important to you? On-board comfort? Ease of payment? Here are the trade-offs for different discount flights.
| ||Airline (sale price) ||Rebater ||Consolidator ||Charter ||Courier|
|Affordability ||$ $ $ 1/2 ||$ $ $ ||$ $ ||$ $ ||$|
|Canceled Flight Option ||Next available flight on any airline ||Next available flight on any airline ||May be required to fly only on issuing airline ||Company must supply plane or flight, long wait possible ||You are on your own|
|Amenities ||Seat assignments and special meals ||Seat assignments and special meals ||No seat assignments or special meals || Crowded seating and no special meals ||No seat assignments or special meals|
|Frequent Flyer Miles ||Yes ||Yes ||Yes ||No ||Generally no|
|Credit Card Payment Allowed ||Yes ||Yes ||Depends on consolidator, may be 3% surcharge ||Generally yes ||No|
|Ticket Restrictions ||Saturday stayover and 7- to 21-day advance purchase ||Saturday stayover and 7- to 21-day advance purchase ||None ||None ||Length of stay may be restricted|
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