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AirTran's New Revenue Source? (a Funny Story)  
User currently offlineElBandGeek From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 778 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 10 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2377 times:

My parents were booking a trip to MCO for October this afternoon and I felt I would share a humorous little anecdote from that experience that you might [almost] all enjoy. Both of them were on their laptops checking fares at the same time and somehow the flight they ended up booking on FL was a different price between the 2 computers. The first thing that popped into my head was "well, obviously it's gonna be more expensive on the macbook!" Wouldn't it be such a great idea though? Charge a fee for mac users to book online since [warning - blatant fanboyism to follow, sorry if I offend anyone] they're used to paying more for the same product anyway  Wink

However, in all seriousness, I am a little confused as to why it would be showing 2 prices at the same time. If anyone could shed some light, that'd be nice

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User currently offlineWjcandee From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 6263 posts, RR: 24
Reply 1, posted (6 years 10 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2312 times:

New Skies, the reservations system used by FL and B6, among others, shows prices on the Internet based on real-time inventory, whereas there's some lag in the layered legacy systems used by other carriers. As I understand it, those systems based on an older architecture use a sort of "buffer" in which Internet inventory resides, without making constant calls to the actual reservations inventory database. If Mom and Dad were really looking at the same dates, same airports, etc. -- and not just thinking they were -- chances are that the inventory changed between the time that Mom pushed "return" and Dad pushed "return".

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