What can go up and down at the same time? Air fares, of course. The problem for meeting planners these days is that U.S. airlines' fare structures are taking on such complexity and changing so often that convention planners are questioning the value of the traditional meeting discount programs. Compared to the volatility of individual fares, these programs seem to demonstrate very little movement or innovation. "If you select one airline [as your official carrier], sometimes it works ...

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