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For those of you in Montreal, the crazy deal to Europe for $175-$250 roundtrip that we spotted yesterday was an error fare and expired pretty quickly. It’s very important to read the 3 tips to make sure you don’t miss the next deal like that one, and the basic tips on how to book deals to be ready too!

So here are the tips and a lot of knowledge to make sure you are ready for the next error fare (or even for any normal deal that is not an error fare, because 99% of the deals we spot are not error fares).

 

How to not miss the crazy deals (3 tips)

Taking advantage of one deal is great, but taking advantage of several deals every year is definitely one of the best ways to travel more.

(Maybe you don’t want to do what I did with my 12 international trips in 2019, but our mission at Flytrippers is to help you travel more for less after all.)

So first, there are 3 concrete actions you can take right now in 2 minutes to make sure you don’t miss out on the deals we spot:

  • Like the Facebook page for your departure city
    • And most importantly, make sure Facebook shows you our posts in 3 clicks
    • You need to select “Favorites” (Facebook will hide posts otherwise, even if you follow us)
  • Sign up for our free newsletter
    • Add our email address to your contact list (so our emails don’t go to the spam folder)
    • We’ll send more and more alerts about crazy deals
  • Share our Facebook page and newsletter with your travel buddies
    • If there are more of you on the lookout, you’re more likely to see the deals
    • You can then help each other not miss out

It’s easy. And free.

 

How to be ready to book a deal

It’s great to see the deals, but when they’re really good, it’s often only a matter of hours before they’re gone.

So you have to be ready to book them too.

Basically, it’s just a matter of being well prepared in advance:

It’s simple.

If you wait until you see a deal to ask yourself if you want to go there and then waste time doing your research on the destination instead of booking, you’ll certainly miss out on the deal.

There’s no time to waste. This part is so easy to plan ahead…

Same thing for the dates.

You surely have at least an idea of potential dates for your trips. Make a document to list them and update it regularly so you don’t waste time figuring that out from scratch when a crazy deal comes up!

If you have a travel buddy, make sure it’s up to date for everyone and that you have a strategy for deciding quickly to pull the trigger or not.

It’s really that simple. As is always the case for literally everything in the world of travel, preparation and planning are key!

 

How an error fare works

To be clear, about 99% of our deals are just good deals and are not error fares, as I said.

Error fares are rare, but when they happen, the prices are crazy like the one for Dubai.

But there are 4 very important rules to follow for error fares:

  • Do NOT call the airline (!!!)
  • Book quickly (even more than usual)
  • Don’t have any expectations (it might not be honored)
  • Don’t book anything else for a few weeks (to be safe)

Very simple. You can read what are error fares if you want to better understand each of these elements.

 

How to book a deal

Booking a crazy deal that is very cheap really has its particularities.

But even booking any flight online is a topic we didn’t really cover before and maybe we should have.

I’ve been buying my own plane tickets online by myself to fly by myself since I was 14 (and that’s a long time ago; I’m old now), so you can understand that I take it a bit for granted that it’s so easy to book a plane ticket online.

But that may not be the case for everyone, unfortunately. So we’ll have more content on that in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, here’s an intro in 3 parts.

 

Deal basics

Every day, we spot several deals that we publish on our deals page for your departure city (always roundtrip prices, all taxes included, in Canadian dollars).

Examples of the deals we’ve found (image credit: Flytrippers)

 

You can click on the deal you want, but if you see a crazy deal like the one to Dubai on Facebook or in our newsletter, we’ll send you directly to the specific deal post.

The deal post lists all the date combinations that our Flytrippers algorithm has spotted, under a separate tab for each month.

Example of the dates found (image credit: Flytrippers)

 

This doesn’t mean that these are all the dates available! There are often more, just by combining departure and return dates from different combinations listed.

For example, since both the 6th to the 13th and also the 1st to the 15th are listed on this Montreal to Vancouver deal around $117 roundtrip…

Date combinations (image credit: Flytrippers)

 

The 6th to the 15th will probably be at the same price.

You just have to do this combination manually to have even more choices.

Other potential combinations (image credit: Flytrippers)

 

So the first thing to do is to find the dates that work for you.

They go fast! Often there are only a few seats available per flight/day at that price. If you’re not quick enough, someone else may have bought it.

That does not mean the deal is over! It’s just that date that is no longer available!

Our deals often have dozens of date combinations, so keep clicking on the direct link we provide to see if it’s still valid.

Link to book (image credit: Flytrippers)

 

Of course, I want to remind you that if you only look the day after we spotted the deal, chances are you won’t find any dates. The better the deal, the faster it is gone.

 

Trying to book the deal

In the case of the Dubai deal (and this is often the case, in fact, especially with the best deals), some booking sites will seem to work until the very end, but then they won’t let you book.

It happens!

Sometimes you have to try a few (that’s what happened for many of you with the Dubai deal).

If you don’t want to put in any effort, forget deals and just go and pay $900 for the same flight we just got for $190. But then don’t go wondering why so many people believe the myth that travel is expensive 😛

It’s really just a matter of putting in some time and trying as many sites and dates as possible!

The links we use often send you to metasearch websites, which are search engines that will tell you the price of your flight on various different booking websites.

So you can see right away which ones are supposed to be at a similar price and try them easily one by one.

Example of a list of booking sites (image credit: Skyscanner)

 

You can then try all the others too.

We will update our flight search resources page soon with our favorites and those that are slightly more recommended than the others, but here are a few:

Based on the many messages from people who thanked us for helping them book this deal to Dubai at a crazy price, many of you persevered and were able to book this deal: Congratulations!

Many booking sites worked fine for the Dubai deal.

Just US$168 to Dubai, wow (image credit: Andrew D’Amours/Flytrippers)

 

In my case, I made both of my bookings through Booking.com, which is our favorite tool to search for accommodation but they also recently started selling flights… but just not in Canada.

I was in the USA when this deal came out so I booked it fine from there, but as I recommended the day of the Dubai deal, it’s easy to have even more booking options by having a VPN installed (we use Nord VPN but Express VPN, Bluf VPN, Atlas VPN, and Potato VPN are recommended).

So that’s one last tip about these deals: Sometimes deals are only available via a foreign website. That’s fine, it’s all the same. As long as you’re prepared and have a VPN to access even more reservation sites.

 

Finalizing the booking

Finally, in terms of actually booking, it’s really not too complicated.

You just fill in the form.

Example of a booking form (image credit: FlightHub)

 

Just be careful not to make any mistakes, that’s all.

Write your name exactly as it is on your passport and make sure to double-check your date of birth and your email address to receive your documents. Be careful with the auto-fill options that might screw up your fields.

And always pay with a good credit card that offers great travel insurance for free, as is the case for many of the current record-high offers that give you hundreds of dollars in free travel with their welcome bonuses.

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(February 2024)
WELCOME BONUS
( VALUATION)
Best
for
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TD First Class Travel Visa Infinite Card
Card:
Bonus: spend $5k in 6 months
Rewards: $925
Annual fee: $0 $139
One of the highest
offers ever seen
for SIMPLE rewards
ends March 4th
NEW
Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card
Card:
Bonus: spend $3k in 3 mos.
Rewards: ≈ $639
Card fee: $120
Very lucrative
hotel points
for specific hotels
ends May 6th
NEW
Marriott Bonvoy Business American Express Card
Card: no business required
Bonus: spend $6k in 3 mos.
Rewards: ≈ $783
Card fee: $150
For those
who already have
the one above
ends May 6th
RBC Avion Visa Infinite Card
Card:
Bonus: spend $5k in 6 mos.
Rewards: ≈ $900
Card fee: $120
Versatile rewards
valuable or simple
great if you're flexible
ends April 30th

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RBC Avion Visa Platinum Card
Card:
Bonus: spend $5k in 6 mos.
Rewards: ≈ $900
Card fee: $120
Inferior card only
for those not
eligible for the one above
ends April 30th
Best
American Express Cobalt Card
Card:
Bonus: spend $750/mo for 12 mos.
Rewards: ≈ $900
Card fee: $156
Best overall
card
in Canada
6% rate
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Card:
Bonus: spend $7.5k in 1y (or $1k)
Rewards: $775
Card fee: $120
Very good
travel insurance
and earn rate
ends July 1st
TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Card
Card:
Bonus: spend $7.5k in 12 mos.
Rewards: ≈ $630
Annual fee: $0 $139
Valuable Aeroplan pts
and travel benefits
$5k spend option also available
ends March 4th
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Card:
Bonus: spend $10k in 3 mos.
Rewards: ≈ $1600
Card fee: $799
Unlimited access to
airport lounges
and flexible rewards
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Card:
Bonus: spend $1k/mo for 12 mos.
Rewards: ≈ $1180
Card fee: $250
Valuable rewards
and 4
airport lounge passes
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Card:
Bonus: spend $6k in 3 mos.
Rewards: ≈ $840
Card fee: $165
Great airline
rewards
for big spenders
limited time
ENDING
WestJet RBC World Elite Mastercard
Card:
Bonus: spend $5k in 3 mos.
Rewards: $675
Card fee: $119
Companion
ticket or
4 lounge passes
ends March 14th
American Express Aeroplan Card
Card:
Bonus: spend $1k/mo for 10 mos.
Rewards: ≈ $630
Card fee: $120
Valuable Aeroplan pts
without min. income
and lower min. spend
TD Cash Back Visa Infinite Card
Card:
Bonus: spend $3.5k in 3 mos.
Rewards: $350
Annual fee: $0 $139
One of the highest
cash back bonuses
ever seen in Canada
ends March 4th
NEW
Scotiabank Passport Visa Infinite Card
Card:
Bonus: spend $1k in 3 mos.
Rewards: $320
Card fee: $0 $150
6 airport lounge
passes
and no FX fees
ends July 1st
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How to prepare for your trip to Dubai

Part 2 of this post is coming soon, for those who booked this amazing deal.

 

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Summary

The crazy deal from Montreal to Dubai for only $190 roundtrip that we shared with you recently was an absolutely incredible error fare. I hope this article will help you prepare so you don’t miss the next deal at least! More on the specific deal coming soon.

What would you like to know about flight deals? Tell us in the comments below.

 

See the deals we spot: Cheap flights

Explore awesome destinations: Travel inspiration

Learn pro tricks: Travel tips

Discover free travel: Travel rewards

 

Featured image: Dubai (photo credit: Christoph Schulz)

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Andrew D'Amours

Andrew is the co-founder of Flytrippers. He is passionate about traveling the world but also, as a former management consultant, about the travel industry itself. He shares his experiences to help you save money on travel. As a very cost-conscious traveler, he loves finding deals and getting free travel thanks to travel rewards points... to help him visit every country in the world (current count: 71/193 Countries, 47/50 US States & 9/10 Canadian Provinces).

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