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call me the shameless cherry-picker of travel deals

2013-12-21 - 10:25 a.m.

Why I don't worry my pretty little head with so-called mistake fares:

"In order to take advantage of a “mistake fare”, you may need to position yourself to the starting point — in this case, two train rides from Basel to Berlin to Warsaw before catching a flight to Kuala Lumpur via Istanbul on an airplane operated by Turkish Airways." -- Brian Cohen, Flyer Talk

On a mistake fare, you're already allowing someone's fat fumble fingers to choose where you're going. Are you also going to spend a lot of money putting yourself in position to chase the alleged bargain? At some point, the tail is wagging the dog.

The main rule of mistake fares is pretty simple. Subscribe to the right Twitter feeds and be prepared to buy immediately. (In times gone by, you could sometimes see them in time on Flyer Talk as well but the site has a long-standing cultural problem of having long, merged, endless, time-wasting threads, which greatly further reduces the value of any gold you might actually dig up. If your deal saves you $500 but it cost you 80 hours to find and figure out, then hey guess what. You haven't saved anything.) Then figure out later that the open-jaw flight you booked in Oslo involves a $300 a night hotel stay and a train transfer...Not for me.

Yes, I'm a cherry-picker. And proud of it.

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I wish the Duck Dynasty asshat had spent ten seconds thinking about all the people that relied on him before he went on his hate rant. The state of Louisiana (as represented by our Lt. Governor) has come forward to say that they will try to find some way to save the show, an important source of dollars to an otherwise quite depressed region of the state, but I honestly don't know how he can. Time will tell.

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