Can I just vent about how ridiculous it is to buy plane tickets!?

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

ARG!  That would TOTALLY piss me off too…right in the middle of actually trying to pay…jeez.  I get angry enough when I look at it, and 30 minutes later it’s gone up a couple hundred, but ya your case is so much more frustrating.

I would also like to vent that United is SO annoying.  They never put my husband and I together on flights, and you can’t even move your seats around on the dang plane when it’s time to check-in.  And when you call, they say there is nothing you can do, but I can try to ask at the airport.  Well that hardly ever works either.  Why wouldn’t you put family members together on a flight when they book together?!

Post # 3
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689 posts
Busy bee

They were likely updating the pricing and inventory which is why the website stalled. They do this all the time.

Post # 4
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2892 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Ryansgirl: you can pick your seats at booking, iirc. I used to fly united a lot, and was always able to get us seats together. Unless the only seats left were single seats, in which case whatever’s left is left. 

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Do you have to pay extra to pick at booking?

With our Canadian airlines, you can pay to book seats right away, or you can wait until 24 hours before the flight to pick your seats for free.  That’s why we usually wait until 24 hours before at check-in to pick our seats, but when we do that with United, the seats are already all booked up. 

I’ll watch more closely next time we book with United though!

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

TL;DR: Websites that sell airline tickets track your browsing history via your cookies. If you clear your browser’s cookies, you will very likely get much lower prices.

 

 

Cookies, Cache & History are not the same thing. Cache is a temporary “file” that holds images and other elements of a website (Like weddingbee’s logos, your avatar, the avatars of everyone else, their pinterest, etc icons in the corner) History is a log of all the websites you visit. Cookies are “sensitive” stored data that authenticates your “per-visit” to a website. They are not the same as your cache.<br />

 

 

Websites that sell airline tickets are designed to do this. They track your browsing (via “cookies”) & up the price the longer you search for tickets. It’s designed in such a way to make you panic and buy your tickets as soon as you see the price rising because you assume the flight is filling up.

 

 

 

<br />If you clear your cookies, following this website for your particular browser, chances are you will get airline tickets for much cheaper. I am not sure if the same rules apply for bus or train tickets.

 

 

 

<br />Here’s a website that very briefly describes some of the sneaky tactics airlines use to milk you out of money.

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Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Ryansgirl: I missed that you’re canadian! I know air canada screws with my EQM depending on fair class bc I’m united mileage plus. 

We were always able to book seats at ticket booking in the states. We can only upgrade to economy plus on check in if available because of our frequent flyer status (stupid merger).

any chance you can tunnel your session through a US IP address to set your seats? It might be too annoying though. Just depends on how much you care — my FI usually does that kind of workaround if it’s needed bc I don’t have the patience  

though we’re changing airlines now, because the program just isn’t worth it anymore. 

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

That sucks. Buying airline tickets is the worst though, I hate doing it.  Non refundable, can’t make changes, prices change all the time.  I don’t know why they can’t just set a price and be done with it instead of f–king aroudn wiht pricing all the time.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

bitsybee:  I’m not sure if it has anything to do with booking from Canada or not, but it’s possible!  I’ll have to check next time we need to book with United!

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Yes you can. Because its the absolutely worst! I hate everything to do with booking flights. We’ve also experienced the same thing you have.. We left it alone for a couple days, went back and it was the same price we originally found. Its such a headache.

When booking our honeymoon we had a hell of a time.. FIRST OF ALL, my own husband spelled my name wrong on booking. Instead of hitting the A key, he hit S.. And didn’t pay attention. They charged us $200 to change it.

THEN Air Canada changed our flight time leaving us only 45 minutes to make an international connection in another terminal at JFK. They wouldn’t change it to the earlier flight without charging us about $700 per person. We ended up having to cancel completely, incurring a $500 cancellation fee in order to get on the earlier flight.

I love to travel but the logistics of getting there.

Post # 13
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

KC-2722:  If they change the flight and cut the connection time, there is no way I would have paid any kind of money to get on an earlier flight unless you *HAD* to make it there for a certain times.  Many times, they will actually hold the next flight if they know a lot of people on your flight are on the way, or if you miss it, they rebook you on the next one and pay for hotel/food if its an overnight stay.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

And this is why I am glad I fly free. The one time, literally the only time I’ve ever bought a plane ticket, it jumped $1300. Never again. It blows my mind how much people pay for plane tickets, so thankful I don’t have to worry about that.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Equine_Breeder:  We used Delta a couple years ago and they got way expensive so we will be using Southwest Airlines for the honeymoon– their prices are always the same until they run out of a specific ticket. 

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