"In some cases, travelers can get their flights, say from Los Angeles to Tokyo and Hong Kong to Los Angeles, for free due to frequent-flier mileage awards. But they have to buy their own flights in the Far East package, such as Tokyo to Bangkok, Bangkok to Singapore and Singapore to Hong Kong. The prices they pay for these flights are much higher than they would pay if purchased through us."
That sentiment was echoed by a representative from Olson-Travelworld of Manhattan Beach.
"I don't think travelers can generally beat the fares we offer," said Dawn Suart, vice president of operations for Olson-Travelworld. "But with air-fare wars, it's conceivable. We don't get involved with non-refundable fares, and travelers may take advantage of frequent-flier mileage awards."