I have been finding travel deals for a long time. Still, I learn something from the attendees in every seminar I lead and usually discover something new every day while searching for travel bargains (for myself and others). Every once in awhile, though, something happens that surprises me.
I saved over $50 on a flight this past weekend.
That, in itself, is not a big deal. I continually find cheaper flights, employing all of my tactics, strategies, and tips. What is strange about this cheap flight is that I purchased it over the phone–not on any website.
First, I made a reservation for a round-trip flight on AA.com. Total price was $315. Put a 24 hour hold on that reservation. The next day, I found a different outgoing flight and wanted to keep only the second AA flight. Checking aa.com and Kayak, that one-way flight was $255. eek!
For the heck of it, I decided to call AA. The CSR said I should delete the itinerary and rebook online to avoid the $20 fee. Indeed, that is the typical procedure but I asked what she could book that one-way flight for. She said $182 plus the $20 fee.
I said, “book it.” Saved $53. It took about 4 minutes.
Then I re-checked aa.com and Kayak, and that flight was still $255.
Did I find a quirk in the system? I certainly will not call the airline every time I am researching flights. Almost every other time, I will find a cheaper flight on the Internet.
I like that this happened. Of course I saved money but it keeps me on my toes. See, I really enjoy the challenge of finding great travel deals–and showing others how to do the same. I like that I followed my instincts and was flexible, resourceful, and assertive–and it saved me money.
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