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AirmensMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-24-09 08:12 AM
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41. It's a crap shoot.
We had to buy a ticket for a quick trip a few months ago. We assumed it would cost a fortune to book a round trip flight for the next day, with the returning flight on that same day. They usually tell you that overnight or weekend stays will buy a cheaper ticket, as will booking the flight at least 2 weeks in advance.

Well, this was the cheapest round trip ticket I have ever seen going out of this very small airport. Of course, someone else was reimbursing us for the flight. We would never get such a rate if we had to pay for it ourselves. The online travel reservation site (Expedia, Travelocity ... can't remember) didn't know that, so it truly did seem to be a matter of luck.

Of course, it's fun when you're the one to get the cheap flight because you happened to say the right word at exactly the right moment. No fun at all when they take advantage of you just when you've lost a loved one and will pay just about anything to go to the funeral. Yep, we've been that route, too. Seems like they charge more when you tell them you need a "bereavement rate."

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