NEW YORK -- BMI British Midland and Virgin Atlantic Airways
recently made moves to slash consumer prices and boost agent
For example, Manchester, England-based BMI offers commissionable
travel passes that make flying between the U.K. and Old World
conurbations an affordable alternative.
(Britain's excellent railway connections to continental Europe,
via the Channel Tunnel, are increasingly the intercity travel mode
of choice for many FIT travelers and some escorted tour
Of interest to agents, BMI pays 5% on its Discover Europe
Airpass, which offers flights between any of its 30 destinations,
priced from $109 per segment, before taxes and surcharges.
One-way trips of under 500 miles on BMI from London's Heathrow
to Amsterdam; Belfast, Northern Ireland; Dublin, Ireland;
Edinburgh, Scotland; and Paris, cost $109, while longer flights to
continental destinations farther afield, such as Copenhagen,
Denmark; Milan, Italy; and Nice, France, cost from $159 to
Students ages 12 to 24 and seniors over 55 receive a 10%
discount, and frequent flyers accrue Virgin Atlantic and United
For information, call BMI's agent help desk at (888)
Meanwhile, Virgin Atlantic teamed with Future Vacations of Fort
Lauderdale, Fla., to offer travel agents one free ticket to London
for every six passengers booked by June 30 on the tour operator's
air-inclusive packages to the British capital.
Travel must be completed by July 31, and there is no cap on how
many free tickets may be earned.
In addition, Future Vacations is paying up to 15% commission on
each Virgin Atlantic package booked electronically or by phone,
depending on agency consortium affiliation.
To book, call (800) 456-2323 or visit www.vacationaccess.com.