Pretty cool presentation, but every fare listed was substantially higher than my wife's company's travel agent got her for a Boston to DC flight next week.
Yeah, remember travel agents?
I don't get how that works....travel agents have to get paid, so they tack on an amount to the ticket price, but somehow the prices are less?
Airlines give agents sweetheart pricing in exchange for the volume of traffic they direct. They also have access to airfare/hotel/rental car packages that are hard for individuals to put together. Wife is paying $178 roundtrip Boston to DC, including taxes and fees, through her company's agency. The best fare at the linked site is $273 and most are in the $300-350 range.
Travel agency for the general public is mostly a thing of the past, but you can save big bucks if you're fortunate enough to be able to use your employer's service to arrange personal travel.