And no, I’m not referring the 4 point mistake fare debacle of 2012. I was playing around with routings for a trip recently. I’m considering Australia, Bali, the Maldives and wanted to see how much of the trip I could work into a single itinerary. When I got to the final step of the process, I was quoted a reasonable 145,000 miles + $316 in taxes and fees for two people (SFO-MLE-DPS, SYD-SFO). The insane part?
“Save your miles and pay $20,118.60 for this trip in economy…or $29,034.60 in First/Business Class.”
I don’t know what’s crazier: That they are pricing economy seats at $20k or that they think people are actually going to book them at this price? If this is a glitch, it’s apparently widespread because so far, every time I’ve pieced together a similar itinerary, I’ve been given an equally insane purchase option.
I’m all for mistake fares, United, but not like this!