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Booking on Egyptair $50 more expensive than Priceline?

Booking on Egyptair $50 more expensive than Priceline?

Old May 2, 14, 10:26 pm
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Question Booking on Egyptair $50 more expensive than Priceline?

I may be booking a one-way BKK-JFK flight soon with Egyptair. ITA Matrix shows me that it costs $891.70 for booking class K, and $947.70 with booking class Q.

For some reason, for booking class K, Egyptair.com is charging $941.70 for booking class K ("Best offer"), and $997.70 for booking class Q ("Good deal").

Priceline.com, on the other hand, charges $891.70 for booking class K, the same price as what I found on ITA.

My questions:
1) Does anyone know why Egyptair.com is charging $50 more for booking on their own website, compared to booking on another OTA?

2) I'd like to buy the flight with the Q booking class (as it credits 100% to Aegean), but unfortunately, I can't seem to find a way to force an OTA to book into booking class Q. Does anyone know how to do this?

Thanks!
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Old May 3, 14, 1:39 am
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Travel date?
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Old May 3, 14, 3:30 am
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I'm looking at mid-July. Say, July 19.
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Old May 6, 14, 7:43 am
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I don't actually know from experience but perhaps MS has a massive ticketing fee from their own website (like TK for example) that can be circumvented on OTAs?

Try Wideroe
http://www.wideroe.no/en

You can't exactly force it to book Q, but if you open a live chat with a rep before booking, they'll walk you through and they can manually upsell to Q before ticketing.
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Old May 6, 14, 11:53 am
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Originally Posted by dvs7310 View Post
I don't actually know from experience but perhaps MS has a massive ticketing fee from their own website (like TK for example) that can be circumvented on OTAs?

Try Wideroe
http://www.wideroe.no/en

You can't exactly force it to book Q, but if you open a live chat with a rep before booking, they'll walk you through and they can manually upsell to Q before ticketing.
Thanks for the tip on Wideroe!

I just gave it a try, and the live chat rep said to make a remark in a special comment box. Unfortunately even on the lower booking class of K, the price quoted was way higher than what Egyptair quoted.

Thanks a lot though!
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Old May 8, 14, 11:19 pm
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Are you changing the MS website to location: Thailand before starting the booking process.?

Not too sure why, but I saved about 30% booking a roundtrip BKK-JFK flight at the Thailand local website rather than at the generic International website.. ^
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Old May 9, 14, 1:42 am
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Originally Posted by cmdsea View Post
Are you changing the MS website to location: Thailand before starting the booking process.?

Not too sure why, but I saved about 30% booking a roundtrip BKK-JFK flight at the Thailand local website rather than at the generic International website.. ^
This is something I've seen before as well, completely forgot. For Egypt domestic flights it was much cheaper if using the Egypt version of the site rather than International.
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