While trying to book a ticket tonight on united.com I couldn’t help but notice the banner for a fare sale, with the title “Great deals to D.C.” Now, I have incredibly low expectations when I see a fare sale being publicized, since it’s rarely actually a “sale.” Typically they’re just promoting the normal fare and making it sound “special.”
However, when I clicked on this deal my jaw nearly dropped when I saw the prices, which are as follows:
Is United really advertising a $578 roundtrip (plus tax) fare between Denver and Washington? Worst of all, the fare is a 21 day advance purchase fare good only for travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.
On their front page they’re also advertising two other fare “sales.” One is the “Golden getaways to California” sale, and the other is the “Getting to Chicago is a breeze” sale, which offer equally crazy fares.
The irony in all this is that I’ve actually seen the most reasonable fares that I’ve seen all year in the past week or so. I’m finally able to book mileage runs for $250 roundtrip all-in again, with fare rules far less restrictive than the ones for the “sales” above.