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Let us name an air carrier, for example Lufthansa. You know that each fare is $100 (I will use this fare and fare to show how the fare changes). They' re willing to put it on their website for $150. This means that the client who has opened the website can buy the tickets at such a high cost.
You have the right to make your own passes (with stopovers) and resell them. Let's call it the SuperTicket for later use. Side knows Lufthansa is reselling the $150 ticker. You choose to sale it for $145 to gain the edge over the competitors and offer the better value to the buyer.
Pages like SkyScanner are only aggregate. You can' make out a tickets and you can' buy it! SkyScanner often displays shortcuts to Lufthansa pages for example) and ticketing pages at fares and show them to you. The SkyScanner does not do this on a voluntary basis; they have an arrangement with every website and every carrier.
So, if you buy our $145 SkyScanner and SuperTickets for our $145 SuperTickets, the turnover of SuperTickets will be $45, but you will share it with SkyScanner by some fractional numbers, for example 50/50 (the real sums vary greatly and are protected by trade secret). Accelerators like SkyScanner have an immense amount of aggregated data available, and all ticketing websites know that.
Just think, there's an EasyTicket firm who''s willing to buy our $130 tickets. Both EasyTicket and SuperTicket are available on the SkyScanner. Consequently, SuperTickets will always loose the competitors to EasyTicket and won't be able to resell anything. All of them choose to make a rebate and buy the tickets for $120, but they are not willing to loose a gain on the sale of $145 from their website.
Therefore, they only grant this rebate to SkyScanner clients. Your prize will be the cheapest, and you will begin to buy many seats while making much less than $20 (but you should also give $10 to SkyScanner). Interestingly, if you leave out the SkyScanner and go directly to SuperTickets, the cost will be $145.
Things are a little more complex in reality as one-day SuperTickets will sell so many Lufthansa seats that they can buy the same Lufthansa ticketing for only $98 and lower their fares even lower. Our only cover is the simplest case, because the cost of the fare also varies depending on where you try to make a reservation.
Once I was able to reduce the fare from 280EUR to 60EUR, only by moving via VPN. Is this discrepancy the outcome of obsolete information or of certain transactions between different third party providers leading to complicated pricing for the same flight? You are always trying to find the right equilibrium between buying many seats and making more cash with a unique booking.
Is SkyScanner used for comparison of pricing? - well, any website available on SkyScanner has to do with it and will pay a few percentages that it earns with each booking. Googles Flights seems to browse the airline companies directly and has none. - Because each site tries to lower pricing as much as possible, it leads to a sale.
There is a small right of ownership for the air carrier because it is their flight, but there are many websites that sell them. You know that if you want to travel with Lufthansa, you will probably go to their location. There is no contest at Google Flights as it only shows connections directly to the carrier.
There is no rivalry - no need to lower price - no rebates.