TPAfan From United States of America, joined Apr 2013, 177 posts, RR: 0 Posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2506 times:
Well, I don't have a ticket. But my brother and mom each have round trip tickets equating $200 a piece total. I booked them on a WN flight to MHT, for $90-100 each way. Then, it did not work out, so we cancelled, and according to WN, they have $400 to spend. I was looking closely at trips to SFO, and was encouraging them to make the purchase on the night of the 4th, when tickets were $164 each way, pretty reasonable. They procrastinate, next day, I'm pissed. Tickets went all the way up to $241 each way. I knew they would be paying out of pocket a little for the first option, but now, they would be paying probably $300 more dollars. Besides the tickets, they need a rental, and renting a cheap car is not a bad deal, as I was looking at prices around $150 for a couple days. But also a hotel adds a bit off an expense. But I believe with the vast options of hotels, we could wait to see if bargain rooms are available, but that right now is also on the pricier end. Basically, my question is, should I wait longer for the price to drop on a trip leaving July 25th and returning 29th, or should you assure me that I should remained pissed? Another downer for me is that I heard you can only use these ticket refunds on these passengers. Is that 100% true, or could it switch to a different family member? For future reference, does anyone here fly WN often? If so, do you purchase wanna get away, or options like business select? And do you act as a FF member, and redeem your points? Is it something I should look into, even if I fly only a couple times a year? How does it work?
And another segment of questions...Are price changes random on WN, or for that fact, any carrier? What are they based solely on? I was looking far into this winter to see if fares are any cheaper, and they are not? What's the deal?
I guess I can't blame it on anyone besides me. Should have booked earlier. I could end up just wasting my brother's ticket, who is leaving to go to college in a couple months, and this ticket needs to be used by around February time. A weekend vacation for my mom and him to San Fran currently looks around $1250 range, and I don't think it is worth it. Any help would be greatly appreciated, as they could redeem these savings for an affordable price, while going to his favorite city San Fran before heading off to college.
BTW, I apologize if you feel like this is a weird situation. Just trying my hardest to make use of these tickets, and if I could gain any knowledge on booking flights, I bet I couldn't find it better anywhere else, than here. I have tried to convince him to look at different options for destinations, he appeared to decline, and even when checking different places, i found similar prices to SFO.
aklrno From United States of America, joined Dec 2010, 1076 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2481 times:
I've used refund money on other people, but that was a few years ago. IIRC when you apply a refund it just asks for the res number and name of the original passenger.
I fly WN often, and I usually get the cheapest ticket available, then buy the early bird option most times. I buy business select when I expect I'll be in a hurry and i want to use their express lane at TSA, or if the price difference is small after adding the cost of the early bird option.
Try different days to see what the best price is. Sometimes going a day earlier or staying a day later can save you enough to get another day in a hotel for two people.
Why do you want a car in San Francisco? If they are going to be downtown the car is a hassle and parking it will cost as much as a hotel room in some parts of the country. If cost is an issue you can take BART from SFO or OAK right into the heart of San Francisco. SFO has a station at the airport, OAK has a shuttle bus (you pay for it).
Because I am 90% sure that my mother asked them on the phone, but I am questioning it, and will now definitely check. I check the low fare calendar, to see the price because like you said, and in this case, I will adjust if the fare difference is big. Going to your final statement about the car, I was thinking the same thing about the car, because it is a peninsula, that is a small area, and has public transportation. But she insisted, although I feel like convincing her not too. My brother knows that you do not need a car. Thanks for the reassurance. Little costs are not that big of an issue, it is the big differences in fares for the flights and hotels. But I certainly appreciate the assistance!!
Cubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23727 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2456 times:
Quoting TPAfan (Thread starter): Another downer for me is that I heard you can only use these ticket refunds on these passengers. Is that 100% true, or could it switch to a different family member?
Unused ticket funds (what you call ticket refunds) are not transferable AFAIK.
Quoting TPAfan (Thread starter): Is it something I should look into, even if I fly only a couple times a year? How does it work?
Rapid Rewards is pretty user-friendly and also very favorable as far as the ratio of flights flown to awards, at least if you buy a lot of more expensive tickets. Any flight/class of service combination that can be purchased with dollars may also be purchased with points, so there are no blackouts unless something is genuinely sold out.
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Thanks for the correct term. I will definitely look into it. Over the past years, I have transitioned a little more into WN as they offer solid to great fare prices, solid service, and a lot of destinations from TPA. I don't think I will go the extra mile to earn, and then use the fares, but WN is mostly my first option, so I could hopefully benefit from it in the future.
Do the DLs, and UAs, throw out more bargain last minute fares compared to WN? After this incident, a night or two ago, I checked WNs last minutes fares, and the prices are a mile high. I checked it for multiple instances. In many cases, buying last minute costs you, but you could be rewarded, and you always hear of those last minute fares. Seems as though I have not really lucked out so far on WN, and the summer schedule looks pricier in terms of WN, when looking at the low fare calendar to many destinations. Should have booked, doubt they will drop this late. But I will continue to look, and hopefully the aviation gods bless me.
aklrno From United States of America, joined Dec 2010, 1076 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2415 times:
Quoting TPAfan (Reply 2): Because I am 90% sure that my mother asked them on the phone, but I am questioning it, and will now definitely check. I check the low fare calendar, to see the price because like you said, and in this case, I will adjust if the fare difference is big. Going to your final statement about the car, I was thinking the same thing about the car, because it is a peninsula, that is a small area, and has public transportation. But she insisted, although I feel like convincing her not too. My brother knows that you do not need a car. Thanks for the reassurance. Little costs are not that big of an issue, it is the big differences in fares for the flights and hotels. But I certainly appreciate the assistance!!
It's not the just extortionate price of parking in San Francisco that is bad, the whole driving experience is miserable. Traffic is bad, there are one way streets, excessively steep streets, bizarre intersections due to multiple intersecting grids, and whenever you arrive somewhere you have to figure where to park again. I live within 4 hours driving distance, but when I am going downtown I either fly, or drive to 80 percent of the way there, check into a hotel near BART (saving about $100), and take the train in. Takes a bit longer, but I arrive relaxed.
If I do drive in (perhaps coming from San Jose) I make sure whoever I am going to see tells me where I can park.
San Francisco is a great place to visit, so a lot of people go there. The usual tourist transport problems are mostly handled by public transit or tours. Or just walk.
Why she wanted a car is mainly for the hotel, as I was looking at prices and it seemed as if the costs were a bit cheaper in places like Emeryville, etc. I was intrigued though by the prices of staying at the airport hotel. I thought it would be expensive, but was surprised. How is the transportation going to the San Fran city area from SFO? Is it walk able? Even if not, I am sure their is public transportation. I appreciate all the insight, and help you have given me. Maybe I could pull this off. Won't give up yet.
TPAfan From United States of America, joined Apr 2013, 177 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2268 times:
Thanks for all the help, it is greatly appreciated. His second option, New York, has nice fares. I think he is going to fly into LGA. Read in an article of the low fares this summer from TPA to New York. It also works out as the Rays are in New York the last week of July, so he may go to the game. He would be paying basically nothing to very little out of pocket for the fares, and still gets to visit a great city. SFO just didn't work out, hopefully in the future.