Sunday, November 3, 2013
Find Cheap Airfare Tickets and Hotels by Computer Mistake
Computers are not perfect. Humans are not perfect either. And when you put them together, then the effect is really devastating! But, devastating in what sense? Well, probably for yourself as a user it can be very annoying that a computer fails, probably you will think for a while about Mr Gates and then you will forget and keep working. But when it comes to find cheap airfare tickets or cheap hotels or cheap discounted vacation packages...That's another story. Because when the situation is that the computer of the company fails and thanks to that in the screen it appears some results that are not correct, you can be in front of the possibility of booking a flight or a hotel for a really low price. At same time, you should take care, as some computer mistakes will cause your trip to get more expensive. Find cheap airfare tickets and hotels is about statistics really, and the idea of the article is to bring up those statistics!First of all, the time when this happens. Well, the time where the failures are most probable is at the time when the airlines and hotels and search engines make their changes in web-pages. At which time they do it? Well, of course at the time when less people is browsing their web-page, normally between 2 and 5am at the local time of the company. In any case, this mistakes sometimes are very difficult to find for programmers, and errors can keep showing during days until somebody realizes it was a problem there.If now we look at it from a day of the week point of view, statistics are very equal, and even if some trends point to Wednesday as the day when new offers are introduced, and so the possibility of errors is higher, many of the updates that cause problems have nothing to do with the updating of prices. They are simple system modifications that can alter indirectly other parts of the program. In this way, we could conclude that all days of the week show the same probability to fail and give you this possibility to find cheap airfare tickets and hotels.Instead, and surprisingly, January and November have shown as the months when most errors have happened, followed by September and July. A month that shows a value of nearly 0 failures is May. Fortunately for me, at the beginning of November I was lucky to find one of this mistakes. I booked a flight for the first of January for 6 euros, and later the airline communicated me that they were not flying on the first of the year so I was able to move my trip to any other day that I would prefer. As the flight was only of 6 euros on the first of January, I moved it to the 6th, when the price was more than 150 Euros. Good deal, I saved about 145 Euros simply because of the computer's mistake!Concluding, the strategy to follow to find cheap airfare tickets and hotel stays is pretty easy. Follow the statistics. But please, you don't need to be there on weekdays at 4:00am. Just rest a bit, and maybe tomorrow is a lucky day!