Someone asked me recently about why sometimes fuel dumping worked and sometimes it didn’t. My answer was simple: It is airlines both writing and processing the rules. There are lots of places for things to go wrong along that path and figuring out who screwed up and how to fix it can often be a challenge. Well, in this case, one OTA (operated by an airline) is simply not including the YQ surcharge on any flights booked on a UA code between the USA and Europe, Middle East or Australia. There’s a LOT of room for great deals to be had.
I booked a Spring Break trip for me and my wife on EWR-OSL//BGO-OSL-EWR for <$400 each, a savings of ~$500 each off the published fare.
Looking at other routings/destinations it would seem that LGA-DXB can be had ~$300 and EWR-MXP can be had for $130. LAX-SYD is <$800. Keep in mind that these are booking in to the very cheapest fare buckets so no GPU usage and possibly only partial credit in partner FF programs or if on partner metal. Be careful with that.
How to book it? Easy. Just go to www.wideroe.no/en and put in your city pair and dates. Use the advanced search if you want an open jaw. And have fun with the destination options. Africa, Europe and the Middle East all seem to work. Oh, and originations at either end work. Lots of possibilities.
It is taking more than an hour for tickets to be issued right now and there is always the chance that they don’t honor it anyways. Plus there is a 24 hour cancel window if you change your mind. Certainly worth having a bit of fun this afternoon.
UPDATE: If you’re struggling with the very slow site try this: Search on ITA (forcing UA flights) to find what you want. Figure that the booking will drop ~$450-500 off the fare so if you are seeing $690 on ITA assume that’s ~$190 when you push the booking through. That should save you some time/energy in getting the right routes/dates to search for. Also, try using https://www.wideroe.no/book/?l=en&adv=no to get stared in the search. That seems to be loading faster than the main front page.
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