Jhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6206 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (13 years 4 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1746 times:
Ok; here's the part that's confusing me. ID90's are supposed to be 90% cheaper than the unrestricted fare, right? While doing a search on expedia.com, the most expensive one-way fare from College Station (CLL) to Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW) was $118.50 (The ID90 was quoted to me at $85.00 [a mere 28% savings]). The ticket I actually bought was a round trip for $123.70 (The most expensive fare I could find published on expedia.com was $355.50 [approx. 65% savings]). Below is the "Fare Calculation":
CLL AA DFW Q18.60 32.66Y26D/ID90 AA CLL Q18.60 32.66Y26D/ID90 USD102.52END ZP CLL3DFW3
I would have thought the fare would have been $35.55 (since $355.50 is the normal round trip fare) plus tax; can some one explain why the ticket is $123.70? Thank you.
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2cn From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 648 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (13 years 4 months 4 days ago) and read 1698 times:
JHooper- one way to figure out the most expensive ticket for the airline is to go to the airlines site, and get a quote for, say, the flight you want leaving tomorrow with an unresitrcted coach ticket. Another way, call up the airline and ask for a quote for the most expensive coach ticket. Prices on expedia and other travel sites are generally not the most expensive ticket available since they focus on cheap tickets.
Ceilidh From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (13 years 4 months 4 days ago) and read 1697 times:
These days its often a lot cheaper to buy a discount ticket than (especially) an ID50 or even an ID75. Not only that, but as a revenue pax, you won't be offloaded.
Although I qualify for ID tickets, I found that it was a lot easier (and cheaper) buying RTW tickets and discount tickets - and then getting an upgrade - than going through the hassle of applying for ID tickets, waitlisting - and especially at peak travel times - having to fly from A to B via every other letter in the alphabet.
LMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2565 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (13 years 4 months 4 days ago) and read 1686 times:
Most airlines have now entered into an interline agreement where staff fares are calculated in the "Zonal" system. The system works on a series of zones according to mileage (say 0-500, 501-1500, 1501-3000 make three different zones). Your trip is then classified according to these zones and you are charged a set fare. The ID90, and 75 system exists only with airlines that are not participating in the Zonal web.
AWA22 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (13 years 4 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1637 times:
"Just interested in how YOU qualify for an ID-anything ticket?"
You generally have to work for an airline or be a eligible family member of an airline employee such as a spouse, or dependent children. Some airlines also allow parents of airline employees fly on ID90's. Just depends on what the agreement is with each airline.
LJ From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4581 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (13 years 4 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1631 times:
I have to agree with Ceillidh. I've ID75 (only on the airline my sister works for) but can get the fares cheaper if I don't use ID75. However if you want a daytrip than ID75 is the way to go (allthough you still are on standby).
Moreover a friend of my has ID95 and he even buys regular tickets as he hates to be on standby (I don't know if all airlines have the same policies on this one).