Why can the commission for plane tickets be zero or next to nothing?

Why can the commission for plane tickets be zero or next to nothing?

Budget carriers (such as airasia.com and ryanair.com) do not pay us a commission for the tickets we sell. Nonetheless, in order to give users the opportunity to find the cheapest tickets no matter what, we display the prices for low-cost carriers in the search results. Neither we nor our affiliates receive any commission for sales through low-cost airlines.

As for low commissions, we have different financial terms with each agency. Some agencies give us a percentage of the ticket cost. Some agencies credit us a fixed amount regardless of the ticket cost, or pay a percentage of their markup on the ticket. In some destination pairs agency markup can be very low.

In all cases, though, we share 50 to 70% of our income with our affiliates.

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