Looking for Cheapest Flight: Try the Phone!

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.

There is no single place to always find the lowest airfare. I hope I have proven that to you. Be flexible, I preach. It will save you money, time, and stress–plus you will have more fun.

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.

Quick background:

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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© 2011, Charles McCool

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