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Sky Bird Travel & Tours is Your Airline Consolidator
Proudly Serving Agents For 45+ Years

Benefits of booking with an award-winning travel consolidator:

NDC Content on WINGS: access airfare deals to customize travel experiences and expedite the ticketing process for smoother transactions.

COMING SOON - Opteticket: a multi-GDS solution designed to enable travel agents who prefer to book with a GDS to gain control, reduce errors, and speed-up ticketing.

3 Global Distribution Systems (GDS): book via Worldspan, Amadeus, and Sabre.

24/7 support from in-house Sky Bird travel agents.

Earn higher commissions through the WINGS Booking Platform and receive weekly ACH commission payments.

Dedicated Special Market Desk: Middle East, Latin, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Africa, and the Philippines. Coming soon: Vietnamese Desk.

Inclusive for all travel agents, from new to the travel industry to experienced agents or spanning home-based to agency workers.

Global customer support from 10 domestic and 3 international offices.

Airline wholesaler with access to over 90+ airline partners.

Our Services

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COMING SOON! Opteticket

Take advantage of our newest technology for travel agents: import PNRs, instant ticketing, and much more.

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Flights

Find competitive fares, browse seating classes, and compare rates worldwide with a top airline consolidator.

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Hotels

Browse through over 1 million hotels around the globe and earn a 15% commission on pre-paid hotels.

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Student Travel

Call us for special student discounts for international travel.

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Groups

Plan group travel, from study abroad programs and volunteer trips to religious pilgrimages and wellness retreats and more.

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Tours

Entertain clients with a vast collection of customized tours, including small and large group tours, while earning up to 12% commission.

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Insurance

Protect your client’s trip while booking in WINGS and earn 25% commission with AIG's Travel Guard.

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Payment Options

Get payment plans through Book Now, Pay Later, and instantly send/receive money faster with Zelle.​

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Car Rentals

Earn 8% commission on short and long-term car rentals from the most trusted names in the industry.

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Airline Consolidator FAQ

Both terms are interchangeable, but an airline consolidator purchases a large volume of airline tickets at a discounted rate from airlines and then resells them to travel agencies or directly to consumers. Flight consolidators can negotiate bulk deals with airlines, offering lower prices than those available through traditional booking channels.

The commission rates vary and depend on the agreements between the consolidator and the travel agency selling the tickets. This is where net fares and published fares come into play. With net fares, the travel agent can market and set their commission, whereas, with published fares, a set percentage is paid out.

Because airline consolidators negotiate discounted airfare rates with airlines, travel agents can markup the ticket prices, allowing the travel agents to make a profit while still offering prices lower than those available through traditional channels.

When clients seek airline tickets, travel agents and travel agencies utilize consolidator booking platforms to find cost-effective flight options. After confirming flight bookings and collecting payments, agents issue tickets and provide ongoing support. PS. Sky Bird Travel & Tours pays weekly ACH commission payments!

NDC, or New Distribution Capability, is a set of industry standards developed by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to modernize and standardize how airlines distribute their products and services to travel agents, travel management companies, and other distribution partners. Learn more about NDC here.

PNR means passenger name record. It’s 6 alpha-numeric characters that locate the reservation. There is one PNR for the GDS (see below) and one for each airline.

GDS (formerly CRS) means Global Distribution System. These are the computer systems where airlines load their inventory, fares, and schedules (Sabre, Amadeus, Apollo, Galileo, Travelport, and Worldspan are the GDS names you’ll hear).

Published fares are “published,” meaning anyone can buy a published airfare. Published fares can be bought from anywhere – online booking sites, travel agencies, and directly through the airlines.

Net fares are airfares not available online through flight booking websites or the airlines’ websites. These airfares are only available for travel agents through a Global Distribution System (GDS). and, more recently, New Distribution Capability (NDC). Net fares are also known as private airfares, wholesale airfares, consolidator airfares, and unpublished airfares. All these terms can be used interchangeably.

Established in 1976, Sky Bird Travel is one of the top airline consolidators in the United States. In addition to partnering with 90+ airlines, Sky Bird pays weekly ACH commission payments on airfare, 25% commission on travel insurance, 15% on pre-paid hotels, and 8% commission on tours and car rentals. What are you waiting for? Register for the easy-to-use WINGS Booking Platform today! 

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