Error fares - how to get notified and where to find them?
I have already used from error fares to book cheap flights but I was wondering where I could find them myself in this forum or on other websites? Any recommendations? Here I often find "Fare Gone" so obviously I was too late but is there an easier way of finding error fares than just clicking through all postings?
1) don't ever spread them until you have booked yours if you are going
2) don't ever call the airline thirty seconds after booking the fare for fifty cents asking about upgrades, asking to change your seats, whatever. Don't do anything to draw their attention to the mistake.
Unfortunately, lots of people have been totally ignoring hint number two, so fares don't get mentioned here near as often anymore, too many people spoiling it.
Fatwallet is another good source, though for the most part they are just copied from here.
Once it hits any of the more wide distribution lists like farecompare or fat wallet, it's life is probably very short, as by then the airline certainly is aware of it.
You are usually talking just a few hours they are alive, so it's not that uncommon to miss them .
On another note, I would like to submit that FT should not be about error fares. FTers are primarily frequent flyers and, in the long run, what is good for the airlines is good for us. We want airlines to succeed. We need them to succeed to preserve our miles, status benefits, favorite routes, and continue to compete with other carriers, keeping fares in check. While I am willing to book error fares when I see them if they work for my travel needs, I also regularly give airlines a greater number of profitable bookings. Those who are only after error fares are at odds with airlines success, and by extension, frequent flyers long term success.
Last edited by wanaflyforless; Nov 10, 09 at 8:06 pm.
There is no magical trick to finding error fares, just stop by frequently, and sooner or later your timing will be right. The most important thing, though (which has already been pointed out by wanaflyforless) is that there's so much more to FT and travel than finding mistakes.
Here I often find "Fare Gone" so obviously I was too late but is there an easier way of finding error fares than just clicking through all postings?
Thanks a lot.
Mileage Run Deals is the best forum to find interesting fares (both error fares and other very low fares). Mileage Run Discussion is the place where former mileage run deals have been put out to pasture once they are no longer active.
Please follow the advice of others in the hopes of keeping specific fares active for longer periods.