- Business Class on Air Serbia from Prague, Copenhagen, or Vienna to NYC for $340 one way or $510 R/T (Normally $4000+)
- Business Class on Alitalia R/T from Spain to various Cities in the US. Including NYC, LAX, BOS for $509 R/T (Normally $4000+)
- Business Class on Air New Zealand R/T from Chicago to Australia or NZ for $1267 R/T (Normally $5,800)
- First Class on Cathay Pacific from Vietnam to NYC starting at $779 R/T (Normally 10,000+)
- First Class on Emirates from Kuala Lumpur to Dubai, UAE for $1267 (Normally $7,000+)
These fares are commonly referred to as “Error Fares” or “Mistake Fares”. Error fares are the result of a mistake. Sometimes these are human errors and others may be technical. Whether it is because someone forgot to put a zero at the end of a price or because the computer forgot to put a fuel surcharge into the flight, an error far can result in an insanely good price.
Given these fares are typically at a fraction of the normal price there are a lot of risks that go along with booking them as airlines typically will lose a large amount of money for each of these bookings that goes through. That is why I have 3 major rules to error fares.
Error Fare Booking Rules
- Book first ask questions later
Error fares result in some amazing deals. The second the airline or the online travel agent catches on to the error they will immediately fix them. Error fares can last as little as a few minutes. If you hesitate in determine whether an error far is worth booking or if you can get the time off of work, it will likely be gone. Book first…ask questions later.
- Don’t make any non-refundable reservations
Airlines have the right to cancel these flights at any times, and often they do. While the airlines are obligated to reimburse you for any non-refundable expenses incurred based on the ticket, this can be a lengthy process. It is best to hold off as long as possible before making any additional bookings. Some people suggest a week, but I have seen error fares cancelled a couple weeks later. I suggest waiting a month.
- Don’t Call the Airline or Online Travel Agency
It is best to try to solve any issues with your booking on your own. If you contact the airline it will alert them to your booking. It is possible they were unaware of the error or they were unaware of your specific booking. Calling them could result in your booking being escalated up the airlines food chain and cancelled.
With these error fares, there are a lot of amazing trips to be had on a deep discount. If you remember to be smart about your reservation you will have some unforgettable experiences.