Mistake Fare Alert: Europe to Asia to USA for Around €300
Updated update: Fare gone.
Update: Appears to still work as of early Wednesday morning. FlyerTalk has reports of availability for the following:
- Origin: Rome, Milan, Barcelona, Madrid, Malta, Istanbul
- Via: Singapore, Beijing
- Destination: Seattle, Portland, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Newark, New York (JFK), and San Juan (SJU)
Flights from certain cities in Europe to Singapore, and from Singapore to the US, are pricing out around €300.
Here are a couple of examples I found.
Rome to Singapore to Los Angeles for €289:
Milan to Singapore to New York for €349:
I don’t have time to search extensively at the moment, but in my quick pass it worked on dates ranging from December through April. Appears to be on SkyTeam Alliance carriers, so I would search those hubs.
To search I suggest using ITA Matrix (use the “multi-city” tab and select “plus/minus 2 days” for best results).
I do not have time to check cancellation policies at the moment, but from my prior experience Priceline allows a full refund up to 11:30 pm ET the day after booking. Your experience may vary, or the policy may have changed, so please do your own due diligence.
This is likely a mistake fare that could die any minute and may or may not be honored, so proceed with that in mind.
As with all potential mistake fares:
- DO NOT CALL the airlines or booking sites while the deal is still live as that will kill it prematurely.
- Do not book other non-refundable arrangements (hotels, positioning flights, etc.) until it is confirmed the fare will be honored.
- If the fare isn’t honored don’t get upset; just move on to the next deal. 🙂
This is a one-way fare so you’ll of course have to arrange a positioning flight as well. From the US, the cheapest way I know of is to use 20,000 American AAdvantage miles for a one-way flight to Europe during off-peak dates. From the US East Coast another option is to use British Airways miles where award flights to Europe start at 20,000 miles year round.
(Thanks to aaron1262 on FlyerTalk.)