Yeah? So?


Some consumers know full well about commission cuts. But do they care?

According to a survey commissioned by Travel Weekly, most travelers who use travel agents are aware that the airlines capped commissions in 1995, but most didn't know about the 1998 pay limits on international bookings. Although the survey didn't delve into it, I suspect that most respondents, even those that know about the caps and cuts, still wouldn't feel bad if their agent ruptured a vital organ in an effort to find them the cheapest fare.

Budgetel Inns completed its name conversion to Baymont Inns & Suites. Officials hope that the new name will convey a different message about the chain and will forge an image characterized by quality amenities and services. Shrewd industry observers predicted the change will be highly beneficial for the chain, noting if you have the word "budget" in your name, people tend to think "cheap."


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