Although mistake fares do disappear within days after I share them, when I get told the fare I sent that day doesn’t exist, it’s actually still available 9 out of 10 times I go to check.
There are several reasons a fare might not appear to be available when they still are. Here are several tips:
- The most common reason fares don’t get found is not that they’re gone, but that they haven’t loaded yet. It can sometimes take 20 or 30 seconds for all prices to load (even on a big search engine like Kayak or Travelocity). I get told all the time that a fare isn’t there any more and when I go to check – it still is. If you don’t wait for the little status-bar thingy to fully load, the lowest prices won’t show. Here is a video example.
- Your best search experience is on a computer. Searches on mobile phones can take even longer to load – which can be frustrating (but still worth it when you’re talking about getting the best 1% of deals on the internet). I highly recommend doing these searches from your computer. It’s infinitely easier than from a phone.
- If I say a fare can be found between January and March, that doesn’t mean you can fly any time during those months.
- If you’re a premium subscriber, For your convenience, I’ll send you a link to the lowest date I found. There are almost always alternative dates you can find when that specific date has sold out (and it will). Here is a video showing how to find alternate dates.
- If you’re a free subscriber I’ll point you in the right direction by telling you what months you can find those prices, but you will still have to do a little digging to find them. If you’re not prepared to do a little digging to find a fare that can literally be 90% less than what the person sitting next to you will pay, then searching for mistake fares may not be for you.
- These are airline “fire sales” solely intended to get a few butts in seats in a hurry. There are rarely more than 8 or 10 seats (sometimes as few as 2) at that price and once they get those seats filled, the airlines raise prices back up (often within hours). Here is a video showing several fares that disappeared between when I identified them – and when my assistant could get them verified/published. Although you can usually find a similar fare by playing around with the dates, have no fear if you don’t. I’ll find more.
- If you’re a premium subscriber, keep the above 4 tips in mind. 9 times out of 10, the fare is still available as long as you’re checking for them soon after I send them.
If the majority of trips you are seeing are sold out AND you’ve tried all of the above tips, it’s usually because 3 days have passed, premium subscribers have picked through the good trips, and by the time tens of thousands of free subscribers pick through what is left, they have in fact sold out.
I typically take my whole family on a trip for the same cost as what other people pay for just one person (and many of my subscribers have better track records than me). Sure, some trips will disappear between when you find them – and when you can text your travel partner to plan for them, but that’s the cost of booking trips that are among the most affordable .1% of trips on the internet.
Trust me though. It’s well worth it.