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, 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 made 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, we share 50% to 70% of our income with our affiliates.
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