I saw an airline flight sale and the deal to Sydney looked great.
I contacted a travel agent I have used in the past and their best price was £100 above the web price. This was surprising as the agent said she understood they had price parity with the airline site.
Anyway, I decided to book online. I worked through the system and got to my credit card details. Before hitting the “buy” button I had a little cold feet and so thought I would just verify the flight details and connections by re-searching the flights. This forced a refresh and return to the beginning of my application. It also repriced the flight at £300 more. I was really frustrated. I tried a different browser and even a different computer as I had read that the systems remembered the quotes but to no avail. the price remained higher. When I was booking, only 2 seats at the sale price remained. Clearly I and the agent had “held” seats and forced the system to reprice.
I gave up and called my travel agent and she efficiently booked my flights at £100 more than the original web price. I was happy….
Then I checked the cost again, it had dropped. I presume that as I “gave up” my online reservation and a seat became available so the price fell back to the original quote.
Moral of the story;
- Don’t book when there are only a couple of seats available – get in early. Timing is everything
- Check and check and check again and then progress through the booking. Never press the back button.
- If unsure trust the experts and accept a slightly higher price – It is still a great deal.
- Make a decision, accept it and don’t ruminate on it. Enjoy the thought of the upcoming flight.
This is all new-ish to me. I will get better and more confident.