For the most part, finding mistake fares is about being a member of the community. And it’s a question that, no surprise, showed up on my FAQ page. Now there are some more complex ways to find mistake fares (that I shared in the monthly newsletter last year), but there is one really basic way that will sound a lot like self-promotion… But if I can help people, oh well.
See, I take my deal-finding skills and post on my social media accounts. This benefits really anyone who is active on the TravelisFree Facebook page (that’s how Facebook decides what to show you) or gets notifications.
So last night there was a mistake fare that we got in on, where nearly all Emirates flights on OneTravel.com were super cheap and bookable instantly. How cheap? Flights to India, Cairo, Amman and more were $200 roundtrip from many destinations in the US. Flights to Asia (the long way), Kenya, and many places in Africa were $300 roundtrip and tickets from New York to Milan for $160.
But not only did I post this on Facebook, I updated the comments with what I was finding.
It’s kind of funny that Milan was $160 because we booked two mistake fares to Milan this year. But one was an odd bird that went from New York to Milan, and then flew out of Prague to Hong Kong.
So I shared the exact link to the flight that we booked, and a few people booked and will be on the exact same flight.
This was pretty cool as people could just click and go to the exact same bookable flight, and it got me thinking… Now it’s hard to predict how long these things last, but it would be super cool if sometime there’s another great deal like this, if I link to a flight in the same way and do a meet up. I don’t hear of a lot of traveling meet ups, but regardless, this would be super cool.
Anyways… Here’s an expensive one I didn’t book. Vienna for $380 on AA.
I do hotels too. 😀
Melia Jakarta grand suite for $19/night
Westin Lima $27/night
I’ve been pretty selective on what I post on our Facebook page. Usually airline deals make it, that are really good. Like international for $400 or less. But let me know if you think I should be less selective? The reason I am selective is because I want to preserve my channel as one with good content.
Also, should I try to do more mistake fare meet ups? I guess that requires a flexible person to fly on the date that I think to be best… but if there are enough people, I’ll do that more too.