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GWAE
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August 15th, 2019 at 6:05:14 AM permalink
I am flying out to Seattle for a sales call. Been looking at flights and it is around 400 round trip. This morning I did a thing through Google fights and there is a round trip for 196. If I go to United and do the same exact flights it is 419. Has anyone run into that before? Is this normal, should I always be going through google?
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FleaStiff
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August 15th, 2019 at 6:33:44 AM permalink
BOOK IT!!!!!
If its an error, grab it.
If its legit, grab it.

Its probably best to book thru individual airlines, but most people do check out the "screen scraper" sites just to check what show up on them. I used to use Kayak to monitor changes in ticket prices.
terapined
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August 15th, 2019 at 6:34:45 AM permalink
Quote: GWAE

I am flying out to Seattle for a sales call. Been looking at flights and it is around 400 round trip. This morning I did a thing through Google fights and there is a round trip for 196. If I go to United and do the same exact flights it is 419. Has anyone run into that before? Is this normal, should I always be going through google?



I'm in the business
That kind of price difference is not normal
but
I have seen these types of situations
Consolidators buy up seats at a huge discount and resell them undercutting the airline prices
Read the fine print. Its probably a use or lose it ticket. Cant be changed, cant be cancelled.
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FleaStiff
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August 15th, 2019 at 6:45:19 AM permalink
Quote: terapined


Consolidators buy up seats at a huge discount and resell them undercutting the airline prices
Read the fine print. Its probably a use or lose it ticket. Cant be changed, cant be cancelled.


its enough of a bargain even if things change. For a sales call its likely he will use it and not want to change it in any way. Turning it into a purely tourist trip would still make the discount worth it.

enjoy the casinos there. Everet to the north and Snoqualamie to the East. Poker room and restaurant half way to Everet may still be in business also.
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August 15th, 2019 at 9:25:10 AM permalink
Quote: FleaStiff

its enough of a bargain even if things change. For a sales call its likely he will use it and not want to change it in any way. Turning it into a purely tourist trip would still make the discount worth it.

enjoy the casinos there. Everet to the north and Snoqualamie to the East. Poker room and restaurant half way to Everet may still be in business also.


And Tacoma (EQC) to the south.

Also the dozens of cardrooms (max 10 tables, no machines and no devices) scattered around the outside of Seattle city limits. The card rooms in Shoreline on Aurora Ave just north of Seattle hold a special place in my heart. Backed off from many of them, but still welcome to play at Goldie's. Sniff.
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GWAE
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August 15th, 2019 at 9:25:31 AM permalink
Quote: terapined

I'm in the business
That kind of price difference is not normal
but
I have seen these types of situations
Consolidators buy up seats at a huge discount and resell them undercutting the airline prices
Read the fine print. Its probably a use or lose it ticket. Cant be changed, cant be cancelled.



I assume that is the case. I even thought it was just giving me a price for a 1 way ticket. I double checked the itinerary and it is round trip. Has a damn layover though.
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Hullabaloo
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August 15th, 2019 at 12:55:20 PM permalink
Quote: terapined

I'm in the business
That kind of price difference is not normal
but
I have seen these types of situations
Consolidators buy up seats at a huge discount and resell them undercutting the airline prices
Read the fine print. Its probably a use or lose it ticket. Cant be changed, cant be cancelled.



And correct me if I'm wrong, but with tickets that are not from the carrier you are at risk of being the first person to be bumped, with those who are not a member of their FF club going next.
terapined
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August 15th, 2019 at 1:17:49 PM permalink
Quote: Hullabaloo

And correct me if I'm wrong, but with tickets that are not from the carrier you are at risk of being the first person to be bumped, with those who are not a member of their FF club going next.


probably
If there are issues such as a miss-connect due to a delay, airline may not help you and tell you that you need to go through the consolidator to resolve any issues.
That type of ticket may not allow a reserved seat ahead of time
May have to be assigned on day of departure which probably means a middle seat
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FleaStiff
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August 15th, 2019 at 2:34:41 PM permalink
Any problem at the layover and 'next flight out' may be a joke, but for such a steep discount it is likely worth it.
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August 15th, 2019 at 3:46:41 PM permalink
I ended up booking through the Google link but it took me to a United.com site. Not sure if I booked directly through United or if it is through Google
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