How to make sure that first-class discount is legit

03/18/2011 | SmarterTravel.com

Travel expert Ed Perkins warns consumers to watch out for "coupon brokers" who offer deeply discounted first-class seats by buying up frequent flier awards. Every airline prohibits the "sale, barter, or trade" of miles, so such tickets are risky, according to Perkins. But legitimate discounts on premium travel are available through consolidators, which typically contract with airlines for unsold seats, often on indirect routes. Perkins offers tips for distinguishing between legitimate and illegitimate deals.

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