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January 3, 2008 2:04 PM Subscribe
How the *$ did I manage to get a first-class flight at a discount price from an online travel retailer?
posted by awenner to Travel & Transportation (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Lest it sound like I'm sock-puppeting, I'll refrain from mentioning the exact website.
I just got back from Mexico, having flown on United First for the return leg. I didn't pay anything extra, nor did I request to be placed in first class. How did this happen?
Details: my parents booked the flight for me, and using [#####.com] found a reasonable price for a return flight from Boston to Puerto Vallarta via Chicago. According to them, when the time came to choose seats for the return leg, only four were available, all of them in the single digits, and all first class. At no point were they asked to pay more; if they had, believe me, they wouldn't have booked the flight. I believe the total cost was in the $400 range, though I can find more details if necessary.
Here's the last thing: when I got to the Puerto Vallarta airport and tried to get in the advance checkout line, I was told that I needed to present a K-Card (proof of membership in United's premium club.) What I surmise from this is that somehow my discount flight option gave me first class seats, though I'm completely at a loss over how it came about. I'd love to know how to make it happen again.
I'm happy to provide additional information/proof to speed along this investigation.
Happy 2008, all!