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Expedia Bargain Fares - Experiences?

Old Jul 10, 01, 7:29 am
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Expedia Bargain Fares - Experiences?

I just booked my first fare using Expedia's Bargain Fare to fly from CHA to ORD for only $145.64 for a weekend trip in late July. Checking airfares using Expedia and tavelocity, the lowest airfares were showing as around $400 rt (I know it's high, that's Chattanooga pricing for you). I had a couple of questions for anyone that might know:

I originally plugged in an evening departure and a morning return. That is what I got and I was wondering if that was likely a coincidence or whether they attempt to accomodate your time if they can?

I got an e-ticket and like them generally. Should I expect any problems?

I understand that I won't get any FF miles for the flights but if I understand I would be eligible for compensation if I get bumped, even on a ticket like this, right?

It appears that I might be able to change my return for a $100 fee subject to availablity. That is interesting in that would still be cheaper than buying a ticket for the flight times I wanted.

Finally, I checked this out last night but didn't give it a try until this morning. The price went from $137 to $145 overnight. Any ideas why?

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Old Jul 12, 01, 5:08 am
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"I understand that I won't get any FF miles for the flights but if I understand I would be eligible for compensation if I get bumped, even on a ticket like this, right?"

Don't completely rule out the possibility of getting miles. Still present your FF card at check in. If miles don't post, save all the paperwork and send it to the FF program for credit. I've had varied luck getting mileage, but it never hurts to try.

I flew with Priceline ticket and was scheduled on a flight where they were desperate to bump people. They paid me $600 and flew me home first class. Never stopped to notice I was paying 50% than the lowest discount fare. You will probably be lower on the pecking order for rebooking or standby, but they won't just abandon you.

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Old Jul 13, 01, 12:08 pm
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Based on comments on my board, the gate agents don't care at all that you are on a Priceline ticket when they need voluntary bumps. Their goal is to get the flight out on time. It doesn't cost the airline any more to issue a voucher to a Priceline-ticketed passenger than anyone else. I've never heard of any Priceline-ticketed passenger being denied a voluntary bump in favor of a conventionally ticketed passenger.

Double check those rules as to making a change for $100. I don't think that's allowed with an Expedia Bargain Fare.

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