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-   -   Penalty for booking more than 2 people at the same time? (https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/alaska-airlines-mileage-plan/2002866-penalty-booking-more-than-2-people-same-time.html)

anothertraveller12 Jan 5, 20 9:04 pm

Penalty for booking more than 2 people at the same time?
 
I just tried booking a flight for 4 people. If I do that, the price is $234 per ticket.
If I book the same flights as 2 sets of 2, it's only $194 per ticket. Both tickets are confirmed, and $194 is still available for new searches.

Is this normal? I was able to get around it this time, but just curious if this is common, as sometimes I book tickets that must all be on the same reservations (e.g. kids)

jjmadison Jan 5, 20 9:21 pm

Yes, normal and intentional by Alaska. If there were two R class tickets available, that would mean when you tried to book four, all four were at the next higher fare class. You’ll see this 99% of the time when booking F tickets as there are rarely more than two seats available per fare class. Also happens in coach, just not quite as often.

anothertraveller12 Jan 5, 20 9:26 pm

Thanks for the quick reply. My issue is the inventory is there. There are plenty of tickets at the cheaper price (at least 5 from my searches), but if I try to book more than 2 in a single transaction it increases the per ticket price for the entire reservation.

Tracer_SEA Jan 5, 20 9:32 pm


Originally Posted by jjmadison (Post 31913510)
Yes, normal and intentional by Alaska. If there were two R class tickets available, that would mean when you tried to book four, all four were at the next higher fare class.

+1

What flight and dates? One of us can check EF for you and confirm the published inventory...

anothertraveller12 Jan 5, 20 9:38 pm

I've already booked my 4 tickets using two separate reservations, so no need to check for me thanks. I was aware of pricing all tickets at the higher price if inventory is insufficient for the lowest fare, which is why I was surprised to find I could book two sets of tickets at the lower price, but was unable to book them on the same reservation.

Tracer_SEA Jan 5, 20 9:42 pm

AS uses caching and so this only works if you book quickly.

(Works on awards too, if you ever need two saver tickets but they only are offering one ;-)


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