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What you don’t know about your ticket can cost you. Your online travel agency may be biased. Find out what that could do to your next ticket purchase in my USA Today column.

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Ever splurged for a last-minute upgrade? Some airlines try to sell you a premium seat at the gate. Have you ever splurged for a seat in first- or business-class? Was it a good deal? I’m working on a story and I’d love to hear yours.

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  • TonyA_says

    How to fight fare bias

    • Cast a wide net. Search more than one online travel agency and check with an airfare aggregator, which queries numerous online agencies, such as Kayak and Skyscanner

    Why send anyone to Skyscanner? Have you seen their OTA list?
    If you take Expedia and Orbtiz companies Cheaptickets and ebookers out then you might be left with a list of vendors to avoid.
    In an attempt to fight fare bias you might get a bigger problem :-)