We think one of the unique features for all the deals we publish is the “valid travel period.” We obtain that information from the fare rules from each airfare that’s published. Every airfare has a set of rules that governs its applicability. Learning to read it opens new opportunities to take advantage of everything the fare has to offer — things like valid travel periods, blackout dates, and stopovers. Understanding these conditions means you are more empowered to take advantage of it.
An easy source for fare rules is Matrix by ITA Software. When you view details of a fare, you will see this:
Clicking on the “rules” link opens up the rules for the fare. Let’s break down the key elements of the fare:
Date / Time restrictions:
This fare allows travel Monday through Thursday. If there’s no day/time restrictions, it means there’s availability everyday — though, it could be sold out or blocked.
This fare allows for stopover in Area 1 (in airline terms, that’s North America) for $100 extra in each direction.
This fare must be purchased by March 31st. Some fares explicitly state when the fare must be purchase by. Other times, you have to read the advance reservation / ticketing restriction section if a purchase period is not explicitly stated.
There are many more sections in the fare rules. But, understanding these basic sections will help you gain a better understanding of airfare restrictions and availability.
How to Take Advantage:
This fare allows for stopovers in the United States at a gateway city. A gateway is where the over-water segment departs — Delta flies to Asia from Detroit, San Francisco, Los Angeles etc. So, it’s possible for you to stopover in San Francisco for a month for $100 extra before heading to Hong Kong with this fare.
If you didn’t know the fare rules, you might have purchased two fares instead of booking a multi-city trip. Knowing the fare rules can help you save money.
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