Earlier this year, around springtime, I was minding my own business, cleaning up around the house, when all of a sudden, I checked my phone and saw a whopping deal to Abu Dhabi (an hour away from Dubai) …wow is this for real?.
Abu Dhabi…Honestly, at the time, I had no idea where the heck that even was, and so I did a quick Google search. “Hmmmm,” I thought. “United Arab Emirates. That can’t be that bad!”
However, there are times where we find prices that are just outrageous and almost “too-good-to-be-true”. I’m here to tell you, that is not always the case.
The biggest draw to travel is when people can get it for cheaper-than-normal prices. Usually that means a whopping $50–100 off normal prices would get anyone excited enough to jump on a deal.
So I dropped everything, thought about it for a second, and saw that the deal was good until early fall of this year. I immediately thought what type of trip this could be, if I could pull it off. I knew that my brothers birthday was around that time, and my father’s as well, so I quickly called them to gauge their interest in taking the trip.
My brother and I went back and forth, and then he was in. I quickly jumped onto Orbitz (after checking through Google Flights for multi-stop, connecting flights and best dates for incredible prices) and booked 2 round-trip tickets to Abu Dhabi for $247 each. That’s right. $247 EACH. Insane, right?
At first, I thought this was crazy and it was superbly out-of-this-world. Was it truly too-good-to-be-true? Or did I truly luck out?
This, my friends, is what is called a “mistake fare”. Computers tend to make mistakes (as does technology, in general). There’s always glitches and bugs, and code errors…you name it. In this case, an airline had a glitch. Etihad Airways to be more specific. Normally, these flights would go easily for $1200-$2500, depending on the class one would be sitting in. Of course, for the price I got, I got the super economy seats, but hey, I couldn’t complain.
To add to the spice of everything, I looked into the hotels in Abu Dhabi and found an SPG (Starwood Preferred Guests) property that was incredible and only 3000 points a night for the stay! (Later on, I found out that the lower pricing was due to the religious holidays that were to take place during my trip, and meant less tourists traveling in). So, thanks to my collecting points over the past year, I was able to get a 10-day stay at my hotel for $0. That’s right, zero dollars, free, gratis, you name it. I spent nothing to stay at my hotel.
Of course, I took advantage of this, and ordered room service several times, and bought snacks and ate at the buffet one time. The US Dollar goes a long way in Abu Dhabi.
So, what does this mean for you?
How can you get amazing deals like this?
How can you collect miles and points?
How can you find mistake fares?
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