With yesterday’s announcement by American that they would be offering double elite qualifying miles through January 31, 2012, I’m sure I’m not the only one that logged onto aa.com to see what kind of fares I could get my hands on. Given that American has no fare restrictions on using their systemwide upgrades, I figured I’d make a quick trip to Europe if the price was right. I nearly soiled myself when I typed in my preferred date and destination, and saw this fare:
$88 one-way? Even with a fuel surcharge, this one’s gonna be pretty good! Then I searched the return, and I saw that the price was about six times higher than the outbound:
The strange thing is that this is the case for just about every destination in Europe. I suspect American is simply bundling the fuel surcharge with the return portion of tickets. At least that’s the only good explanation I can come up with.
I have to wonder if this is a glitch or intentional. It may very well be a glitch, but it’ll certainly also catch peoples’ attention when they see a sub-$100 one-way fare to Europe when searching for flights. So if it’s a mistAAke, it’s a convenient one.
So don’t get too excited if you run into the same thing, folks!