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Turning Up "On-Speck"?  
User currently offlineGoinv From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 264 posts, RR: 2
Posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2281 times:

I have heard stories (rumours) whereby people have turned up at an airport - without pre-booking and have managed to get fantastic (literally) last minute deals for flights.

Is this true?

Does anyone have any stories or personal experiences of this?

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User currently offlineStarrion From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1153 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2252 times:

I've done this and the one term that describes it is BOHICA. The technical term is full-fare walk-up. I haven't seen any "doors closing 80% off" fares. But I did pay $1800 USD for a BOS-ATL flight on Delta about 4 years ago.

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User currently offlineAhlfors From Canada, joined Oct 2000, 1347 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2246 times:

Well, about a month ago got away with a one-way fare JFK-GVA for $390 (incl. taxes) about 1hr5min before departure, but that was a stand-by youth fare. I did get on the flight though.

User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3831 posts, RR: 26
Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2233 times:

Well fantastic fares unlikely since they appeal to the last minute business traveller.

A friend of the family was a quite regular commuter to JFK from LHR (working with MoD) and he often didn't know whether he was travelling until he went into work. He'd have to bring his passport with him everywhere and quite often would turn up at the airport and buy a walk up Concorde fare, something like £8200 and would then return on BA004 in the late evening.

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User currently offlineGeoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2214 times:

You'd think they'd sell last minute tickets at rock bottom prices, just to get some revenue for seats otherwise unsold. However, there are the likes of people who need a last minute flight and will pay anything just to get on board.

Take my brother for instance. Flew Manchester/Liverpool (can't remember which) to Dublin for a tenner return. Missed his return flight but absolutely had to get back on the next flight. Fare? £250 for a half hour hop across the water.

Geoff M.

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