Up In The Air: When Erroneous Unbelievable Airfares Pay Off

Up in the air, I am a huge fan of low-cost airlines for so many reasons:
– Maybe because I have worked for one and got attached;
– Maybe because it’s the first carrier type I flew with and I just loved the take-off let alone the price (we have train tickets much more expensive than airfare nowadays);
– Maybe because a have a thesis on low-cost, yes, I went that far with this.

So, all in all, I kind of adore the A319 and A320 although some might find them a bit cramped. Ok, I have experienced the G550 on ground only but you should see how cramped it looks like from the inside although the furniture and the rest of it makes it a good luxury toy. Well, back to low-cost, I came across an article related to what happens when erroneous airfare prices are actually available for purchase and travelers do buy them.

Mistakes in online airfares are rarely the case, my opinion is that these prices are actually used as an incentive for people to act as a word-of-mouth advertising, after all, the overbooking practice of selling tickets when one perfectly knows that the airplane is fully packed still happens.

No-shows do not always come to the rescue and the airline must come up with good offers so that travelers give away their seat. I reblogged a Time – related article on “erroneous” airfare prices.

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2 Responses to Up In The Air: When Erroneous Unbelievable Airfares Pay Off

  1. You are right, a bargain is tempting but unfortunately over-booking is still happening. Is there no legislation against it to prevent airlines to continuing deceiving customers?

    • Cristina P. says:

      I’m focusing my answer on EU legislation: as a passenger you are entitled to specific rights in case you are denied boarding against your will: this means overbooking too. So you do get specific compensation in this case but overbooking per se (as far as I know) is not outlawed. That is, overbooking explodes near hollidays because carriers rely heavily on no-shows or late travelers. However, you probably get your compensation some time after the incident happens. I witnessed 3 cancelled flights in which a low-cost company (not going to mention which) argued that travelers had to file their application by mail in order to get compensated and did not accomodate them on the spot although it was late and no other flight was available. Bad things happen.

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