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Cheap Airfare and How to Find it

by Joe 9. January 2009 11:07

Many of us rely on the Internet and Search Engines when we are looking for cheap airfare. We go to Google.com or some other search engine and search keywords like "cheap airfare" or "cheap air tickets" and visit the sites listed in the search results. However, there is a problem with looking for cheap airfare through cheap airfare keywords in search engines. The problem being that just because these sites are listed in these search engine results doesn't mean the fares will be cheap.

Sites where placed in these search results through marketing efforts. The only way to ensure cheap airfare is to search the actual sites and do some comparison shopping. Studies show that 17% of users who shop airfare buy from the first site they find and 63% of users shop travel sites that have a recognizable brand name. The problem with that is just because you book airfare from a site that is very popular doesn't mean the fare would be cheap. Chances are the fares will be very high on sites that are most regonizable since the marketing budgets of these well known sites are vast. These marketing budgets are what helps make the world know these brand names.

To find cheap airfare you have to do some homework. I am not saying that airfare on the most popular booking sites are not cheap at times. However, finding the best airfare prices will call for comparison shopping and research. Searching multiple websites for airfare pricing would possibly save you a few hundred dollars if you are user who rather book with the first site you find or a name you heard of on a T.V. commercial. If you search airfare with sites like Travelocity or Expedia, include an air consolidator into you research to see if you can save some money. An Airfare consolidator is broker who who has exclusive contracts with the airline and resells airfare that they receive from that airline. These contacts allow the air consolidator to get airfare at a discounted price and allow the air condolidator to sell that airfare for a discount.

Fare Buzz is an air consolidator. The next time you are searching for airfare prices add Fare Buzz to you research. By doing so you just added another way to save money on your travel.

Joseph Maresca
Online Marketing Director

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Travel Advice

Dreaming of a Luxury Vacation?

by Joe 7. January 2009 10:48

Many of us who travel have that dream vacation we want to take. We may say to ourselves, "One day I will take that romantic European getaway" or "I have to see the Sphinx before I die". However, with the economy in the shape that it is in, we tell ourselves that our dream vacation will not happen for us anytime soon.

On the contrary, now is the best time to take that dream vacation. IF YOU CAN AFFORD IT! Airlines are having trouble filling those First Class cabins and are offering unbelievable discounts on those fares. Hotels are not even coming close to filling capacity so getting a good hotel deal in that swanky hotel isn't too hard to achieve either.

But don't just take my word for it. Contact one of our Agents and get a free quote on First Class airfare to Rome or some other location you are dreaming about visiting. You will see a huge reduction in fare price. You can also request a free First Class quote at www.farebuzz.com/business.

Joseph Maresca
Online Marketing Director

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Travel Advice

Free Online Booking Engine

by Walter 6. January 2009 18:07

Due to the overwhelming requests for our B2C booking engine, we are now pleased to offer our engine for free. You can easily add a fully featured booking tool to your website. You will be able to markup and earn commission on all sales, while we do all the fulfillment and customer support. Your website's visitors will be able to instantly search for and book flight tickets, hotel reservations, vacation packages, and car rentals.

 

If you are interested in our booking engine you can contact me at 888-808-4123 extension 127 or email me at Don@farebuzz.com.

Don Newton
VP Business Development

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Corporate Travel Management

by Joe 6. January 2009 10:15

Many companies rely heavily on travel in order to conduct business. There may be sales people who need to travel to present some product or service. There may also be employee training that can not be conducted in house so these employees need to travel to some location for their training. Whatever the case may be, companies find themselves in need of airfare, hotels and car rentals.

Most companies utilize inhouse employees to manage the companies travel needs or the employee who will be traveling prepares their travel need themselves. If your company does a significant amount of travel and manages their travel needs in this manner your company could be over spending on travel.

Most travelers are savvy in terms of travel may not be savvy enough to get the best pricing on travel services. Working with a firm like Fare Buzz allows companies to have someone they can rely on the help get travel at prices much lower than purchasing travel themselves. Since Fare Buzz books a significant amount of travel we are able to get prices that companies may not be able to get since the company is most likely going to pay retail prices for their travel needs.

Outsourcing your Corporate Travel Management will not only generate a cost savings but it would allow companies to have a resource to work directly with airlines to get those employees who seek travel that seat on the plane at the time they need or that suite in their favorite hotel.

Joseph Maresca
Online Marketing Director

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Travel Advice

Business Travel and Tax Deductions

by Walter 5. January 2009 10:14

With 2008 behind us and many accounting and finance departments working on the books for business conducted in 2008, there is that one little word that we all must prepare for, "taxes". If your company does alot of business travel it is important to understand the do's and don'ts of your travel expenses and tax deductions.

Here is what you need to keep in mind when preparing your business travel expenses for tax season. In order to obtain a tax deduction for your business travel the purpose of your travel must be directly related to your business, and the trip must be "primarily" for business.  If "primarily" for personal reasons, such as vacation, none of the costs are deductible.  If primarily for business, but you also spend time engaged in non-business activities, all the transportation costs but only 50% of the meal expenses incurred while engaged in business activities are potentially deductible.

In making decisions about what expenses to deduct the keywords are ordinary, necessary, reasonable in amount, and directly related to the production of income.   "Directly related to income potential" generally means associated with an activity that results in increased revenue, development, production or quality, of your products or services.

If you are traveling for more than one day you can deduct your business travel expenses if your work requires you to be away from your "tax home" substantially longer than an ordinary day's work and during your time off while away you need to get sleep or rest to be able to continue working the next day.  In this instance you can deduct the costs for transportation, lodging, and meals.

Your tax home is your main place of business, regardless of where you maintain your family home.  You are allowed to deduct your actual transportation costs, the cost of your car, and 50% of your actual meal expenses.  Lodging expenses are deductible to the extent they aren't extravagant. To justify travel costs you must be able to demonstrate a direct relationship between the activities carried out while on your business trip and the business trip's income potential.

Business expenses are reported on the appropriate business form.  For Sole Proprietorships this would be Schedule C.  Partnerships and corporations report expenses on their returns. 

For a complete discussion of how to figure allowable travel deductions see www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p463.pdf.

Tax season is approaching rapidly. Understanding business travel expense deductions could help lower your overall cost to travel and bring down some of your overhead.

Joseph Maresca
Online Marketing Director

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Welcome and Happy New Year!

by Stewart 2. January 2009 10:19

Welcome to the Fare Buzz Blog.

We wish all of our clients, employees, partners, and suppliers a Happy New Year!

To start this New Year, we are launching the Fare Buzz Blog. The Blogwill be our official source for company news, website updates, traveltips, great deals, and more. We would also love to hear from you. Ifthere is a topic or idea you would like us to write about, or just wantto post your thoughts, please let us know by leaving a comment.

In 2008 we added many new products and services. Some of which include:

  1. XML Flight Booking Engine: Directly connect to our inventory of private and published fares.
  2. New Hotel Engine: New interface, net hotel rates, new suppliers, and a much larger inventory.
  3. New Vacation Package Engine: Book hotel and flights together with discount package rates.
  4. Car Engine Update: Added net rates for pre-paid car rentals.
  5. Buzz Rewards Program: Earn reward points on your bookings.
  6. Travel Resources: Helpful resources such as airline and hotel numbers.

Thank you for all your support in 2008! We look forward to an even greater 2009.

Serge Agroskin
Technology Manager

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