By JLP | May 2, 2012
My mom is coming down Mother’s Day weekend for my daughter’s dance recital.
My wife and I always pay for her plane ticket.
I went to Expedia.com to make the purchase. I selected the dates and Expedia took me to a screen to choose the flights I wanted. I made the selections and went to place my order. My original quoted price was $450. But, when I went to place the order, the price jumped all the way up to $600. There was a note that said something to the effect that, “They didn’t have current information on prices,” or something along those lines.
So I tried Priceline. Same thing. Why? If the ticket prices are correct at the time of purchase, WHY can’t they be correct when searching for them in the first place?
I have a theory about this. I think websites like Expedia, Priceline, etc., want the lowest price in order to get people to use their sites. If one does it, THEY ALL DO IT!
I’m of the opinion that it should be against the law. It’s really no different than getting a flyer in the newspaper that says computers are on sale and then you get to the store and find that they are $150 more than the sales flyer said they were.
My advice: boycott Expedia, Priceline, and the other third party ticket websites and go directly through the airline. That way, you don’t get your hopes up, thinking you are getting a deal when in fact, you are not.