|Quoting dc10s2hnl (Reply 139):|
I recently returned from a long weekend to IUE courtesy of a $99 Grab-a-seat deal, and it seems like most other tourists on the island I talked to were availing themselves of Grab-a-Seat
Thanks for that info.
I understand - or thought I did - the principle behind Grab-a-Seat, an empty seat is a dead seat, so on light load flights, or on flights that aren't entirely sold out or particularly well-booked, they put some seats on Grab-a-Seat to bring in at least some money.
I haven't used Grab-a-Seat before (foolish moi?) and on looking into it, I can enter the dates for almost anywhere I want and get a reduced fare, in all classes. As I said, I checked AKL
for late July and was offered fares less than those on the main website page. Even business class was over $4000 (ow) on the main page and under $3000 (ow) on Grab-a-Seat.
The one that actually interested me - SGN
- was available at a pretty good price and the only reason I didn't book it is because I want to go to HAN
(on the way to Europe) not SGN
, and they obviously don't offer HAN
on Grab-a-Seat - or didn't when I looked. I know I can book SGN
on another airline, but it will mean booking seperate flights for each sector and I'm a bit wary of too many self-connects. If I were only flying AKL
(and back), I might have booked it then and there. And I might yet, if the other flights work out, self-connects and all.
Such availability (and such fares) would discourage me from going to the main page first, so I'm not sure of the thinking behind it. Why would I pay more when I can get the same thing for less?
Or is there a catch to Grab-a-Seat that I don't know?