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AC Promo Code When Forcing Routing Through Google Flights?

Old Oct 28, 22, 7:21 pm
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AC Promo Code When Forcing Routing Through Google Flights?

I'm using Google Flights to force a multi-stop routing on an otherwise straightforward roundtrip, in order to undertake a mini-segment run. Today's Halloween sale provides a lovely 20% I could take off that trip, but booking directly through the AC website doesn't give me the stops/routing I want. Apologies if this is a daft question...but is there anything I'm missing? Is there a way to use the AC promo code via Google flights? With thanks in advance!
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Old Oct 28, 22, 7:45 pm
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Google flights will send you to another site to complete the booking. If it's sending you to AC then you should be able to enter it there at checkout but if it's coming up through a third party site then you'll be out of luck.

Have you tried booking it up as a multi-city trip directly on AC?
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Old Oct 28, 22, 7:52 pm
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Originally Posted by colombianbrew View Post
If it's sending you to AC then you should be able to enter it there at checkout
That's not how promo codes work on the AC website.
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Old Oct 28, 22, 8:01 pm
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Originally Posted by Adam Smith View Post
That's not how promo codes work on the AC website.
This was unfortunately my reason for posting...my understanding (though I stood to be corrected!) was that they had to be entered with your origin/destination/dates, rather than at checkout.

Have you tried booking it up as a multi-city trip directly on AC?

I have indeed, and AC is not allowing it.

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Old Oct 28, 22, 8:35 pm
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Originally Posted by politico_pk View Post
This was unfortunately my reason for posting...my understanding (though I stood to be corrected!) was that they had to be entered with your origin/destination/dates, rather than at checkout.

Have you tried booking it up as a multi-city trip directly on AC?

I have indeed, and AC is not allowing it.
For some reason, recently when I force Google flight to redirect me to AC, itll just go to the home page rather than the checkout page. Do you have similar experiences?
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Old Oct 28, 22, 10:29 pm
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To get the routing I want, I phone reservations after booking online.
Never a problem within 24 hours.
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Old Oct 28, 22, 10:50 pm
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ITA Matrix with powertools will let you book with a promo code. You can also add &AUTHORIZATION_ID=YOUPROMOCODE to the URL
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Old Oct 29, 22, 12:33 am
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I'm having a similar problem except ITA Matrix is giving me a higher price than Google Flights for a Comfort fare.
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Old Oct 29, 22, 9:41 am
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The T & C for the 20% promo (current) explicitly state no multi-city routings.
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Old Nov 1, 22, 9:05 pm
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OK this looks new and interesting, so AC is likely working with Google to sync pricing and match the restriction on AC's promo codes in some markets/directions.

It's set up as some exclusive commercial fare so it doesn't show up in Google or AC's site upon fare review as a promotion being applied, but basically it's still a promo code which shows up in AC email after ticketing

This week's public Halloween code is M984UAP1, whereas the Google flight commercial code is N68XA4B1 after looking at the deeplink and upon ticketing

Using AC.com and/or matrix with &AUTHORIZATION_ID=, both yield the same exact price for a simple one way fare as well as black out days for my sample one way fare.

Can't say if this is good or bad, I suppose it's good for visiblity that one just need to search on Google and see all fares consistently without having to look for a code, but when it comes to changes (AC's promo code rule applies when making changes) I'm not sure how that would work since the commercial code rule is not displayed until after ticketing

Basically to answer the question, since AC system only allows one promo code and Google flight already has it set up, you can't apply another discount from Google flight even though it looks like there's no promo applied.
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