Some of my favorite trips were made possible because of what is often called a mistake fare. Some are legitimate sales and others are truly mistakes. It is often impossible to tell the difference. Let’s call them special fares.
For a short time yesterday, people were able to book round trip flights from Chicago to various cities in Australia via Air New Zealand in business class for under $1,500. I paid a little over that as the flight I booked to Melbourne included a 4-night stop in Auckland. My flight was fully ticketed. Soon thereafter, the same itinerary skyrocketed to $6,500.
And then the waiting began. People sat on pins and needles, especially since the airline has a reputation for canceling special fares (see, e.g. [Mistake Fare] Bye Bye New Zealand – It Was Nice While it Lasted)
And then, I heard rumbling that Air New Zealand was honoring the fare. I sent a direct message to the airline’s Twitter team and receive this confirmation:
Kia ora (translation: hello), thank you for reaching out. For any bookings that have been paid for, confirmed and ticketed, we will be honoring these ‘special’ fares.
OMG!! I am so excited!
Congratulations to everyone who caught this deal!
I guess it’s time to book positioning flights to Chicago, and look for hotel recommendations in Auckland, Melbourne and Sydney!