Disclaimer: I am not sure this actually works. I tried several times last night, and it couldn’t ticket. I’m not sure whether it’s a glitch or whether the seats aren’t getting pulled from the buckets or the system is manually validating the tickets, so I do not guarantee anything! Just something to try if you really want that fare. 🙂
Yesterday, a friend told me about a very interesting glitch and potential mistake fare that applied to nearly any route, except I found it most useful for TATL business class. What happened was that when booking through hipmunk and thus priceline, a ticket would price at the same amount of money whether it was for 1 or 4 tickets. So, go to hipmunk, and search the following:
Then, clicking through to priceline is where the magic happens. The price is the same…
But it is for four tickets! Which means each ticket is roughly around ~$700USD!
Of course you do this for one, two and three people, but the ticket is just more expensive per person. Keep in mind you must select 4 people as well as the third flight. From the time I’ve played around with it, I’ve been able to get a priceline itinerary number which shows up, except the tickets just haven’t been issued. It also seems the seats get removed from inventory (or held somehow?) as when open a new incognito window and search with the same dates, the same flights either do not exist or are significantly more expensive (which I would assume the seats have been taken out of the cheaper fare buckets). You also have to click through to hipmunk and then to priceline. Doing the same itinerary on priceline hasn’t worked for me.
As I said, I haven’t been able to ticket. It definitely could be a strange glitch. But I know (some) readers here like to experiment so if you have time play around with it for a bit. Who knows, you could be able to ticket!
Big HT to Roland who sent me this!