Video: How to Beat Airlines at Their Own Game

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If you’re a frequent traveller, you know that the airlines make the rules: they’re happy to take your money and nickel-and-dime you along the journey, but often unilaterally change the rules when it doesn’t suit them. 

But sometimes, it’s possible to beat the airlines at their own game. Here are five key lessons from my experience pursuing an Air France La Première fare from Paris to San Francisco for only US$472.05.

Without further ado, you can watch the video below:


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  1. Margot

    Why don’t you add some suspenseful eerie music to keep your audience on edge?

  2. Lisa

    Very interesting, Ricky. Useful tips, especially in those times when travel plans often have to be changed. It happened to me to be downgraded from Etihad Apartment to First Class after they grounded their A380 from Australia and then again to Business Class after they momentarily stopped offering First Class. My ticket was originally booked with 110K Aeroplan (in July 2019). I wonder if I would have had been able to keep my option of First Class (sadly not with the Apartment) once they started offering it again instead of cancelling. Thanks!

    1. Ricky YVR

      I think you would’ve been able to, and I think a few who had booked the 110K JFK-AUH-SYD were indeed able to parlay it into something flyable in First Class. Keep these lessons in mind for your future flying. 😉

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