Terms to Know When Contacting an Airline Company
Whether you book an airline flight directly or through a travel agent, the more you know about how the procedure works, the better the chance of a convenient and cost-effective transaction. Before calling an airline company, it is helpful to become familiar with some of the terminology used in the industry.
Class – Seating on a plane is divided into various classes, from first class and business class to coach and economy. Each class is priced differently and some provide access to special in-flight amenities.
Fare – The cost of a ticket. The class of the ticket, the destination and the time of booking will determine how much you pay for a flight.
Travel Agent – An expert on business and recreational travel who can recommend flights. Some travel agents are able to obtain lower ticket costs from airline companies.
Jet – Most planes are powered by jet engines, but some smaller aircraft are powered by propeller. If you are traveling more than two hundred miles, it will probably be on a jet plane.
Domestic/International – A domestic flight travels between any two points within the same country. When traveling internationally, additional documentation will be necessary besides an airline ticket.
Private Aviation – Many private planes and charter airline companies will gladly arrange for a direct flight to your destination. The fare will be considerably higher for such a luxury travel experience.
Cargo – Some airline companies carry products instead of passengers. Cargo planes are used to ship a variety of goods worldwide.
Carrier Tracking – Both passenger and cargo airline companies provide a convenient means to track arrival and departure times, either via telephone or the internet.