Did you see the recent NYC to South Africa glitch fare I posted on my Facebook page? If not, it was one of the many flight deals I have posted. Since seeing the ultimate glitch fare aka the NYC to Abu Dhabi for $187 Christmas Day 2014 and NOT taking it, I’ve tried my best to find and purchase when I see them. A few weeks before going to Barbados, my cousin and I were able to find a glitch fare to Greece in September. Greece has always been on my list, so getting my flight for under $200 was a win. If you’re new to traveling or don’t know what to do when you see a glitch fare, here are five simple tips
Book the Flight
Glitch fares go fast, so make sure you book. Some people purchase for themselves and their travel buddy(ies) to make sure everyone is there. If you do, just make sure it is refundable just in case.
Don’t Contact the Airline
There are some people that disagree, but glitch fares happen without the airline knowing. Don’t call the airline. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. In all seriousness, if you want to confirm the price is correct or they received your information, don’t call the airline. The confirmation code and e-ticket number you received in an email should suffice. You can always check that information online. There are times where the airline will contact you about your flight. That’s probably the only time I’d call, but you can use your best judgment.
Make Sure You Can Cancel if Needed
If you do purchase a glitch fare, make sure you at least have the ability to cancel it within 24 hours. You may not want to travel solo and that’s okay. If you can cancel within the 24 hour time period, you can get your money back. I would also recommend purchasing travel insurance for your flights. In the event of pregnancies, deaths or unforeseen circumstances, you can get your money back granted it falls under the company’s terms. Thankfully, I was able to get my money back after cancelling a flight to Paris last winter; it was only an extra $30.
Tell a Friend
Don’t be stingy. Share the wealth with your friends, family or social community. They may not use it, but it’s better to share than hear someone say, “Why didn’t you tell me? I would’ve gone with you.” If you do, just make sure they know the rules that come with purchasing a glitch fare.
Flight times change, especially if you purchase them months in advance. Make sure to keep your confirmation number handy and check online for any changes. You can use travel trackers through apps by Tripit or Kayak to save flight information. You can also get flight alerts from the airline directly.
Have you purchased a glitch fare before?