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Hipmunk/Priceline fares for multiple passengers

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Hipmunk/Priceline fares for multiple passengers

Just looking at booking flights for 2 passengers through Hipmunk. It comes up with a fare of $2552 (X 2) and prompts to book on Priceline. After William Shatner finished flexing his Bargainus Maximus, Priceline came back with a price of $1,274.00 per ticket + $7 booking fee for a total trip cost of $2562. The next step is to enter Credit Card details and Buy Tickets. Now $2562 for 2 passengers is a very good price, but $2562 for one passenger is not a good price. Has anyone been down this path to discover whether William Shatner is a great negotiator or it is a glitch in the interface between Hipmunk and Priceline and my cc is charged $5124?

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1. Re: Hipmunk/Priceline fares for multiple passengers

Hipmunk is just a search program. All it's doing is looking up prices online so it's either a glitch or the price changed. If you search some of the threads about 3rd party booking sites you'll see this happens a lot.

Edited: 16 October 2013, 23:06
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3. Re: Hipmunk/Priceline fares for multiple passengers

It's actually a bug in the interface between Hipmunk and Priceline. The single ticket fare that Hipmunk displays is treated as the total for all tickets when it get to Priceline. Priceline divides this by the number of passengers to get a new single ticket fare. Basically, it is 2 for 1, 3 for 1, 4 for 1......depending on the number of passengers. I'm still not prepared to supply my cc number. Does nobody do even basic system testing anymore?

I tried booking the same tickets on Priceline directly, but that comes out even more expensive that booking through Hipmunk in this case.

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