"Airports" China Transportation Tip by wandering360

China Transportation: 268 reviews and 211 photos

If you need to purchase domestic airline tickets at the airport, you may notice travel agents loitering around the official airline ticketing offices in the airport.

We came across one who was initially chatting with an airline ticketing agent. Upon overhearing our destination, she offered us a substantially cheaper fare. We asked the ticketing agent whether this was a legitimate transaction and not a scam, and the airline agent confirmed that it was legitimate. (Note that airlines will sometimes offer student or teacher discounts which the travel agent can not match.)

Here's how it transpired:

1) We told both the travel agent and the airline ticketing agent our destination and passports.

2) We paid the travel agent in cash (that's normal even if you're dealing directly with the airline which does not accept credit cards).

3) The travel agent would purchase the ticket directly from the airline (in your presence) at a discounted (I assume at bulk rate) with a portion of your cash and keep a booking fee.

4) The airline hands you (or your travel agent) the tickets... and voila.

Type: Airplane

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  • Updated Oct 31, 2003
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