Why we need to compare flight rates?

By Mridula Dwivedi October 30, 2012 5 Comments , , ,

I think all travelers across the world love a good bargain and hence comparing flight ticket rates for cheap air tickets is such a big draw! And more than anyone else I guess we Indian’s just love a bargain and love to bargain. I don’t know how involved you are personally or what you consider to be the best practices but I play the game only to an extent.

If you ask me I am pretty indifferent between FSA (full service airline) and a LCA (low cost airline). If someone else is paying they are welcome to consider a full service airline ūüėÄ but if I am paying I will go for a low cost airline. But off late almost all my flights have ¬†been either on Spicejet or Indigo. Service wise I think both do a very good job but I give a lot of brownie points to Indigo for their ramps and the difference they make in the life of people who need wheel chair access right up to the aircraft. I thought this point would be obvious to anyone but in a recent conversation I realized it is not so easily understood.¬†Disability¬†access is¬†something¬†that had not taken a hold on the Indian psyche!

I Love that Window Seat!

I Love that Window Seat!

But coming back to comparing flight ticket rates I feel I will go will some Econ 101 (a basic introductory course in economics which many of us do) theory. It says instead of maximizing our returns we look for a satisfactory return. Why so? That is because information search takes time and no one has perfect information. I mean when I search for low cost tickets I do not move heaven and earth. I would look through Make My Trip and a few other such sites and then in the end I buy when I see a fare that is friendly to my pocket. Also sometimes the lowest fare is actually available from the airline website itself rather than any place else.

What do you do when you plan to book a ticket. And to Meena, we should meet in Bangalore!

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I am Mridula Dwivedi and I started blogging on 'Travel Tales from India' in June 2005. I renamed it Travel Tales from India & Abroad in 2016. Within a few months of the launch my travel blog found a mention on both the BBC and The Guardian. I also featured in a National Geographic Skoda Yeti Video. I was recently featured on Via.com

I quit my job as a professor in May 2015. I am having a blast ever since. I do not miss my work but sometime I do miss my salary! Somewhere along the journey I ended up acquiring a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur! I now wonder why?

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