Do airlines offer discounts for recurrent flight itineraries (going back and forth between the same cities)?
I may have to fly round trip from Washington, DC to St. Louis every week for 7 weeks straight. I'll be living in DC, but need to be in St. Louis on Tuesday nights to teach a class. Is there a way to get a discount for purchasing all of these flights at once? Maybe something a travel agent could arrange?
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Unlikely, especially as it is for a single passenger.
Unfortunately they do not. The only perk being a frequent flyer may provide is you will start to get to know the gate agents better and most times the flight crew as they usually bid the same routes. I have a frequent flyer who flies out at my station every monday. Not only do we hook him up with better seats, but certain fight crews are starting to recognize him and he's getting preferred treatment in the way of adult beverages. But you won't get a discount on your ticket.
If there are enough people travelling airlines will offer corporate discounts and they are often significant, well over 50% in some cases. These are based on a guarantee that a certain number of seats per quarter will be purchased on a given route. As a single passenger though, not a chance.
No, I did a similar thing for 13 straight weeks between the same two cities. No discount. The only thing you can do is rack up the frequent flyer miles for the carrier you use and book early for the best prices.
The only discount you will get will be if you buy tickets well in advance. Depending on the route and the time of travel tickets bought well in advance can be significantly cheaper. On the other hand, if you don't ask the airline you will never know for sure...