Hipmunk is mispricing tickets on Emirates. As reader David H and another reader who asked to be anonymous mentioned to me today, you can pull up all sorts of itineraries using Hipmunk – in business and first class, all over the world – that look like the best deal you’ve ever seen.
Search for New York JFK – Nairobi (via Dubai) and you come up with $115 roundtrip itineraries.
Change to business class and it promises prices of just $831. That’s cheaper than even a good deal in coach.
Unfortunately when you click through from Hipmunk to the Emirates website to make the booking, you’re presented with the ‘real’ price.
So when you ask for an itinerary like:
And you’re presented with all options running just $3.68 roundtrip (!)…
.. it turns out to be a mirage.
Something is happening strangely here. My first thought was a currency conversion error on the Hipmunk side of things, though it would have to be pretty widespread since it’s happening with a bunch of different origins that entail different currencies and only seems to be when pulling in data from Emirates. Strange.
So close, so tempting, and just out of reach as these things sometimes are.