Airfare ripoff

Started Feb 16, 2013 | Discussions thread
aus4ever
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Re: Mysterious ways
In reply to Marcamera, Feb 18, 2013

Marcamera wrote:

aus4ever wrote:

Marcamera wrote:

Mentor_1 wrote:

Round trip Shannon Eire to Vancouver $711.00

Round trip Vancouver to Shannon Eire $1,455.00

Same dates, same airline, same seats.

We used to go Venezuela, Margerita Island, couple of times a year for few years.

We stayed in "our place", that we were renting twice a year for that.

Sometimes it was cheaper to buy an all inclusive package, with air+hotel+meals+drinks than to buy the airfare alone. We did that and never went to a hotel that we paid for in that package.

Rgds

That's IT (Inclusive Tour) fare. IT fares are much cheaper than other fares but fare rules are more restrictive - it must be sold as a package with accommodation; the validity is shorter, from 7 to 21 days; usually no change of date and no refund.

From time to time, agents are caught selling it 'dry'.

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Well, we paid for accommodations and meals but did not use them.

Rgds

In your case your travel agent didn't break any rules. It is just that the airline priced their IT fare too low. Usually there is a safe guard in the fare sheet, a MSP (minimum selling price) or sometimes referred as MPP (minimum package price) that is not going to undercut the cheapest non-IT fare.

A lot of Hong Kong VFR (visit friends and relatives) here are doing the same as what you have done. All they need is a week or two in Hong Kong.

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