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 Anonymous
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January 25, 2012 3:08 am  

Hello everyone, I am new here. Thanks so much for everyone's help. I found this fare last night with ST. I am sure it has been around for a while. I have tried other 3x that have worked for other routes but I can not get any to work here. But I wanted to share this trick candidate.
Round trip. IAD-MIL.
March 2-5 (yes next week)
Fare 1 (IAD-MIL) $70.00
Fare 2 (MIL-IAD) $95.00
YQ: $476
Total (incl other taxes): $768.10

If the YQ can be dumped it would be a decent fare.


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TheTravelAbstract
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January 31, 2012 2:27 pm  

rizwank, post: 1150020 wrote: On ITA- NYC-LON-NYC -- was about to get it ai 689 to 356 in Feb. Haven't checked if it's bookable yet.

Wow. good job. I have used 30 different low fares and can't trick out London trips. Everything shoots up by about $500.

I think it is a sign that I need to diversify my x's, geographically, I am caribe, eastern-U.S. heavy right now.

Just when I thought I was putting together a perfect plan it gets blown up.

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irrawaddy
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February 1, 2012 8:54 pm  

on AA in Feb/Mar: HNL-LAX-LHR-JFK-LHR-LAX-HNL - about $1060 (incl YQ $418). It does FD with an easy 3x (or rather 5x) to $880 a/i. Not too bad for 22,000 miles, considering that a regular domestic HNL-JFK is $600-800 with 1/2 the miles:

Fare 1: Carrier AA OLXNAJB HNL to LON $149.50
Fare 2: Carrier AA OLXUKJB LON to NYC $43.08
Fare 3: Carrier AA OLWUKJB NYC to LON $74.41
Fare 4: Carrier AA OLXNAJB LON to HNL $149


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 Anonymous
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February 3, 2012 9:01 pm  

Hello all, This forum has been extremely helpful. Thank you for all that contribute.

I am looking for BOS-BOM,DEL from 06/16 to 07/01. Have been able to trim about $300 of fat of BA using 3x but still have about $200 of hard to dump fat left over. I was wondering, is this the best I could hope for in terms of results?TIA for any help.

Make sure to provide the exact booking and fare codes shown.

Fare 1: Carrier BA xxxxxx BOS to BOM ()
Passenger type ADT, round trip fare, booking code xxxx
Covers BOS-LHR (Coach), LHR-BOM (Coach)
$550.50

Fare 2: Carrier BA xxxxxxx BOM to BOS ()
Passenger type ADT, round trip fare, booking code xxxx
Covers BOM-LHR (Coach), LHR-BOS (Coach)
$550.50

United Kingdom Passenger Service Charge (UB) $81.20
BA YQ surcharge (YQ) $209.00
US International Departure Tax (US) $16.70
US September 11th Security Fee (AY) $2.50
US Passenger Facility Charge (XF) $4.50
USDA APHIS Fee (XA) $5.00
US Immigration Fee (XY) $7.00
US Customs Fee (YC) $5.50
US International Arrival Tax (US) $16.70
Indian Passenger Service Fee (WO) $5.70

Subtotal per passenger $1,493.80
Number of passengers x1

Total airfare & taxes $1,493.80

[LIST]
[*]This ticket is non-refundable.
[*]Changes to this ticket will incur a penalty fee.
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TrippePanAM
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February 3, 2012 10:44 pm  

any brilliant ideas to trick san diego fares which are 😮 really pricy


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HouseofV
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February 3, 2012 11:21 pm  

TrippePanAM wrote: any brilliant ideas to trick san diego fares which are 😮 really pricy

With the San Diego fares, try taking a one way to DFW/IAH or even MCI for $80 or so, and then try to trick from that.

On the way back you should be able to get all the way back to SAN and still save a couple hundy.

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thegrailer
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February 8, 2012 7:57 pm  

Booking where? My tries with this have been hit and miss. Typically pushed to a OW carrier and a higher $$$

744, post: 1146533 wrote: i've had some good success 3x-ing from the world's capital of white powder.....and staying within her borders.............

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trustno1
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February 11, 2012 10:24 pm  

Here's another one which I would definitely use if I could lose the fat.

Molly Molone to the Burj on ST on 9th March, returning 12th. All in €455 but with €306 of fat. Any one care to throw me a bone. Have tried 3x's from Homer's favourite saying as well as nose candy central and I'm still coming up empty handed. Only using ITA. What should I do. Please pm or post.


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ssedha
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February 21, 2012 6:20 pm  

trustno1, post: 1200360, member: 47598 wrote: Here's another one which I would definitely use if I could lose the fat.

Molly Molone to the Burj on ST on 9th March, returning 12th. All in €455 but with €306 of fat. Any one care to throw me a bone. Have tried 3x's from Homer's favourite saying as well as nose candy central and I'm still coming up empty handed. Only using ITA. What should I do. Please pm or post.

You do understand that this is a thread for 'candidate' trick fares 🙂 There is no need to code the cities... So what you are saying is DUB - DXB. I guess you could mention the actual base fare here; but post your post regarding the help in the trick it section 🙂


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trustno1
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February 21, 2012 7:11 pm  

Yes, I do understand that but I'm getting in some practice in trying to confuse people and to sound like I know what I am talking about (which I don't).

Anyway, you sound like a nice person so perhaps you could do me a favour. I've been trying to figure out this whole FD mularkey for 2 months now and I have had no luck. In fact I am beginning to think that a few people got together and decided to have a bit of fun at other people's expense and came up with the idea of FDing (which is impossible) and gave it an air of mystique by talking in code (3x's and the like) and posting messages suggesting that hundreds could be saved by trying to find these add-on flights. Then they sit back and laugh their backsides off as people try for weeks on end to break the codes. To keep it going they post every few days about the latest great deal from xxx to yyy. To keep their cover they make it known that PM's will not be answered. Anyway, I guess now you realise that I am a bit skeptical of all of this, and this should not come as a surprise to you all particularly given my handle (same as Mulder's password on the X-Files).

Therefore, could someone do me a big favour and PM me with an actual working example of a current FD, which proves that it can be done. Ideally, post me the outbound and inbound legs which when entered into ITA shows a fare of X, and then give me the 3X or 1X which shows when added to the first two legs, gives me a fare of X minus YQ. I am based in DUB but I don't care where the FD route is. It can be DFW to Timbucktu with a 3X in la la land for all I care. Just someone please PM me. This is driving me nuts!!!!


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dc1956
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February 21, 2012 8:10 pm  

trustno1, post: 1226069, member: 47598 wrote: Yes, I do understand that but I'm getting in some practice in trying to confuse people and to sound like I know what I am talking about (which I don't).

Anyway, you sound like a nice person so perhaps you could do me a favour. I've been trying to figure out this whole FD mularkey for 2 months now and I have had no luck. In fact I am beginning to think that a few people got together and decided to have a bit of fun at other people's expense and came up with the idea of FDing (which is impossible) and gave it an air of mystique by talking in code (3x's and the like) and posting messages suggesting that hundreds could be saved by trying to find these add-on flights. Then they sit back and laugh their backsides off as people try for weeks on end to break the codes. To keep it going they post every few days about the latest great deal from xxx to yyy. To keep their cover they make it known that PM's will not be answered. Anyway, I guess now you realise that I am a bit skeptical of all of this, and this should not come as a surprise to you all particularly given my handle (same as Mulder's password on the X-Files).

Therefore, could someone do me a big favour and PM me with an actual working example of a current FD, which proves that it can be done. Ideally, post me the outbound and inbound legs which when entered into ITA shows a fare of X, and then give me the 3X or 1X which shows when added to the first two legs, gives me a fare of X minus YQ. I am based in DUB but I don't care where the FD route is. It can be DFW to Timbucktu with a 3X in la la land for all I care. Just someone please PM me. This is driving me nuts!!!!


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dc1956
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February 21, 2012 8:11 pm  

+1! Well said!


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ssedha
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February 22, 2012 2:37 pm  

trustno1, post: 1226069, member: 47598 wrote: Yes, I do understand that but I'm getting in some practice in trying to confuse people and to sound like I know what I am talking about (which I don't).

Anyway, you sound like a nice person so perhaps you could do me a favour. I've been trying to figure out this whole FD mularkey for 2 months now and I have had no luck. In fact I am beginning to think that a few people got together and decided to have a bit of fun at other people's expense and came up with the idea of FDing (which is impossible) and gave it an air of mystique by talking in code (3x's and the like) and posting messages suggesting that hundreds could be saved by trying to find these add-on flights. Then they sit back and laugh their backsides off as people try for weeks on end to break the codes. To keep it going they post every few days about the latest great deal from xxx to yyy. To keep their cover they make it known that PM's will not be answered. Anyway, I guess now you realise that I am a bit skeptical of all of this, and this should not come as a surprise to you all particularly given my handle (same as Mulder's password on the X-Files).

Therefore, could someone do me a big favour and PM me with an actual working example of a current FD, which proves that it can be done. Ideally, post me the outbound and inbound legs which when entered into ITA shows a fare of X, and then give me the 3X or 1X which shows when added to the first two legs, gives me a fare of X minus YQ. I am based in DUB but I don't care where the FD route is. It can be DFW to Timbucktu with a 3X in la la land for all I care. Just someone please PM me. This is driving me nuts!!!!

Your skepticism is truly justified. It can truly get frustrating when you don't know what's going on. I was at that stage once and it took hard work, patience & a lot of reading to understand what's going on. I'll give you an analogy. When you are in school, you don't expect to show up to class 1st day and know EVERYTHING to ace that class. You slowly learn material, have occasional tests until your final exam and to get a good grade, you really have to study and know what you are doing.

FD'ing is very similar. You have to take notes, keep a track of what combinations work and when. To answer your theory of some people got together to have fun, this isn't right. I can guarantee that FD'ing works. I flew to Zurich in 2010 december for less than $300 from Pittsburgh. I left on a saturday and came back sunday. Just to get the miles as I required a few to retain my status.

Back then, FD'ing used to be much simpler; however when it hit the open, people got intrigued by these phenomenon. A lot of sharing went about and the simplest form of FD'ing died. Airlines have become much more cognizant of this phenomenon; not to mention some of the leisure travelers that have called the airlines claiming to have seen this fare online. But now, FD'ing has become a bit more complex. You have to read the fare rules, see the restrictions, and then you have to find that particular fare using ITA. (fare basis). Then you have to find the right combination flight that would actually be 'allowed' by those fare rules. Again, the window becomes a bit narrow as you have to find the dates where this particular combo works. Finally, there is a vital variable known as booking sites. Some websites will allow booking these verbatim; however some will not.

So you see, when there are SO MANY VARIABLES involved, you have to use a mathematical approach. Sorry to sound like a nerd; however in mathematics, usually when you have 2 or more variables, you need 2 or more equations to solve for the variables 😉 Similarly, with FD'ing, you have to jot down your variables, but since you might not have the same number of equations, you sort of have to use the 'plug n try' technique, which of course is a bit more tough.

You are based out of DUB. Majority of the users are from the USA; therefore the concentration of the FD's or Tricks found tend to originate in the US. I'm not too well versed with the tricks out of DUB; maybe some more experienced users could help you there. However I can assure you, no one is trying to have a laugh at your expense. It's a case of people trying to save some of their hard earned money. Instead of giving it to the airlines, they are using it towards their vacation 😉

I'm sorry if I couldn't 'prove' you that this exists; however I can assure you I have recently purchased FD'd tickets to EU for about $425 and this is during the summer time... Not too shabby if you consider summer is peak travel time...


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trustno1
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February 22, 2012 4:16 pm  

ssedha, post: 1227736, member: 3625 wrote: Your skepticism is truly justified. It can truly get frustrating when you don't know what's going on. I was at that stage once and it took hard work, patience & a lot of reading to understand what's going on. I'll give you an analogy. When you are in school, you don't expect to show up to class 1st day and know EVERYTHING to ace that class. You slowly learn material, have occasional tests until your final exam and to get a good grade, you really have to study and know what you are doing.

FD'ing is very similar. You have to take notes, keep a track of what combinations work and when. To answer your theory of some people got together to have fun, this isn't right. I can guarantee that FD'ing works. I flew to Zurich in 2010 december for less than $300 from Pittsburgh. I left on a saturday and came back sunday. Just to get the miles as I required a few to retain my status.

Back then, FD'ing used to be much simpler; however when it hit the open, people got intrigued by these phenomenon. A lot of sharing went about and the simplest form of FD'ing died. Airlines have become much more cognizant of this phenomenon; not to mention some of the leisure travelers that have called the airlines claiming to have seen this fare online. But now, FD'ing has become a bit more complex. You have to read the fare rules, see the restrictions, and then you have to find that particular fare using ITA. (fare basis). Then you have to find the right combination flight that would actually be 'allowed' by those fare rules. Again, the window becomes a bit narrow as you have to find the dates where this particular combo works. Finally, there is a vital variable known as booking sites. Some websites will allow booking these verbatim; however some will not.

So you see, when there are SO MANY VARIABLES involved, you have to use a mathematical approach. Sorry to sound like a nerd; however in mathematics, usually when you have 2 or more variables, you need 2 or more equations to solve for the variables 😉 Similarly, with FD'ing, you have to jot down your variables, but since you might not have the same number of equations, you sort of have to use the 'plug n try' technique, which of course is a bit more tough.

You are based out of DUB. Majority of the users are from the USA; therefore the concentration of the FD's or Tricks found tend to originate in the US. I'm not too well versed with the tricks out of DUB; maybe some more experienced users could help you there. However I can assure you, no one is trying to have a laugh at your expense. It's a case of people trying to save some of their hard earned money. Instead of giving it to the airlines, they are using it towards their vacation 😉

I'm sorry if I couldn't 'prove' you that this exists; however I can assure you I have recently purchased FD'd tickets to EU for about $425 and this is during the summer time... Not too shabby if you consider summer is peak travel time...

Thanks for taking the time and effort to respond - perhaps next time you identify a current FD, you could send it to me (if only to prove that it can be done). Happy & Safe Flying.


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AA_EXP09
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February 22, 2012 11:37 pm  

trustno1, post: 1200360, member: 47598 wrote: Here's another one which I would definitely use if I could lose the fat.

Molly Molone to the Burj on ST on 9th March, returning 12th. All in €455 but with €306 of fat. Any one care to throw me a bone. Have tried 3x's from Homer's favourite saying as well as nose candy central and I'm still coming up empty handed. Only using ITA. What should I do. Please pm or post.

The base fare appears to have risen, but I am assuming this is on queen, as the carrier from Burj doesn't charge YQ.


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