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Old Nov 20, 2013, 7:48 am
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Do not call the airlines under any conditions! This is the fastest way to kill the trick and bring unwanted attention to your itinerary! And do not post precious deals in this thread, this is by far the fastest way to kill the trick!



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This thread deals with unique combinations of routes and booking tricks in order to lower prices on airline fares. Prices that would astound the general public are often achieved by the posters in this thread.

Many people, including airline representatives, monitor this thread. For that reason, it is unorganized, very content heavy, often lacking details, and written in shorthand. It takes patience and effort in order to understand the conversation and be able to participate as an active member.

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Old Jun 23, 2021, 3:57 pm
  #10171  
 
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Originally Posted by keitherson
See the link in my signature for a FT Discord which we can use in the future.

the problem with these "study groups" (I have tried to set these up before myself) is that it's usually 1 or 2 people actually interested in learning and finding all the hacks, and the rest just freeload so they eventually stop feeling like sharing
Originally Posted by mannytabloid
I'm game on this - just joined the discord.
We have a discord specifically for this with a few of us on there already. I think it makes sense to do light screening.

PM if you want to join.

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Old Jun 24, 2021, 3:32 pm
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Originally Posted by PbodyPhoto
C1-C2 r/t in business $450 using toilet paper
I am not sure why do you bother writing 3x as "toilet paper". Unncessary complications aren't adding any value at all

You could have also written same trick as
=Toupper(third letter in English alphabets)SQRT(1) MINUS (24th English Alphabet backwards) 16*2-87+57 ----> <--- with 3x
but it's futile and a sheer waste of time.
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Old Jun 24, 2021, 3:42 pm
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Originally Posted by andydd
I am not sure why do you bother writing 3x as "toilet paper". Unncessary complications aren't adding any value at all

You could have also written same trick as
=Toupper(third letter in English alphabets)SQRT(1) MINUS (24th English Alphabet backwards) 16*2-87+57 ----> <--- with 3x
but it's futile and a sheer waste of time.
jokes on you for not spending any time looking for the deal and then wrongly assuming toilet paper means 3x 🤣
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Old Jun 25, 2021, 2:33 am
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Originally Posted by PbodyPhoto
jokes on you for not spending any time looking for the deal and then wrongly assuming toilet paper means 3x 🤣
No worries, well in that case, I happily take my comment back. Good well then it refers to something else.
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Old Jun 25, 2021, 11:49 am
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Originally Posted by PbodyPhoto
C1-C2 r/t in business $450 using toilet paper
I think I got it, so start with ita and using the key word ?
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Old Jun 26, 2021, 5:34 pm
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5***** Airline Asia to North America Double Open Jaw

A 5***** Airline will fly you in Business Class on all segments for

1352,50 All-in if you fly a Double Open Jaw from Asia to North America.
No X factors involved whatsoever.
No Indian Airports.
Almost No YQ left.
Bookable on Airline's own website.

Free enroute Stop-overs allowed.

All airports involved are generally considered exclusive.
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Old Jul 8, 2021, 3:35 pm
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SU YQ can be eliminated. C2-C3

Carrier-imposed surcharge (YQ) $372.00 can be totally eliminated
ONE WAY or Round Trip
In case anyone wants to fly this carrier.
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Old Jul 10, 2021, 6:55 am
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Originally Posted by WingedWorldExplorer
Carrier-imposed surcharge (YQ) $372.00 can be totally eliminated
ONE WAY or Round Trip
In case anyone wants to fly this carrier.
Any tips on strike? Have the fares but can't remove YQ
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Old Jul 10, 2021, 9:32 am
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C5-C1 in style
€519ow €636rtn
ITAable
Thankfully finger lipo is readily available where you’ll arrive but an atlas is needed first

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Old Jul 10, 2021, 9:55 am
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Originally Posted by nutsey
Any tips on strike? Have the fares but can't remove YQ
Its in your PM box. Not tip but all details.

Base Fare is only so-so but Happy it works for you. A stop-over LED/SVO may work for you but not sure.
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Old Jul 12, 2021, 3:12 am
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Originally Posted by shuttlerider
C5-C1 in style
519ow 636rtn
ITAable
Thankfully finger lipo is readily available where youll arrive but an atlas is needed first
Any tip for where in C5?
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Old Jul 12, 2021, 4:31 pm
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New York to The Faisal Mosque $ 295.35 One Way All-in

New York to The Faisal Mosque $ 295.35 One Way All-in .
Good and cheap entry point for Himalayan Tour to K2
Nice airline.

For $ 15.00 more you can take a nice 7 day ski vacation in the US Rocky Mountains or a sunfilled visit to Disney World on your way to Faisal Mosque.

Bookable on OneTravel.com

No 1X

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Old Jul 13, 2021, 4:27 pm
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Failing to combine anything useful with the $1 base fare *A US->Europe sale, "END-ON-END NOT PERMITTED". Can incorporate LIS stopover, or route via inter-europe train segments, but no YQ impact. Is this a dead end?
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Old Jul 14, 2021, 3:10 am
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Originally Posted by jjclancy
Failing to combine anything useful with the $1 base fare *A US->Europe sale, "END-ON-END NOT PERMITTED". Can incorporate LIS stopover, or route via inter-europe train segments, but no YQ impact. Is this a dead end?
Seems to be some constructions that will do a little damage but I haven't found anything that is remotely convenient to fly. Would love to be proven wrong because if it is dumpable in a flyable construction it should be a <$250 round trip in J
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Old Jul 14, 2021, 6:07 am
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If someone needs a C1 - C2 oneway flight of mentioned *A sale, it's available for about ~500 $ all-in using a half round trip basis. The booking still includes quite some YQ, though.

Maybe there are better options, but so far this is the best one that I found.

Edit: Or two atlantic crossings in Business for $ 720
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