Tips for Booking Mistake Fares
Yesterday’s Air Canada mistake fare deal, which included $163 flights to Europe, was a good reminder that you should always book flight deals ASAP. The Air Canada deal was only posted for 45 minutes before it disappeared. I couldn’t get ahold of Mrs. TT to determine which dates worked best, and I failed to book in time.
When you find a flight deal that is too good to be true, always start booking as many fares as you may need. You can book them for yourself, family, and friends. You can always cancel them later (within 24 hours). The key is not to waste time. Once you’ve booked, then reach out to those individuals and confirm if they want the flights.
Mistake Fares 101:
- Immediately start booking possible flights. Book as many as you may need; you can always cancel them later.
- After booking, cancel those you don’t want within 24 hours, as allowed per US Federal law.
- Wait several days to determine if the flights will be ticketed or cancelled.
- Book hotels and positioning flights after 14 days (just to be safe)
After booking, you will have to wait 7-14 days to see if the flights will be honored or cancelled by the airline. While rare, sometimes mistake fares are cancelled a few days after booking. Once you can confirm the airline will honor the ticketed price then you should begin planning the rest of the trip and booking flights/hotels.
Air Canada announced on Twitter this evening that they will honor all flights purchased yesterday. I keep kicking myself for losing out on such a great deal. Hesitation is always a lose-lose situation so don’t be left without a ticket in the future.