Cheaper Tickets is part of the ANA, Take Me ‘Round the World Trip Report.
Part of my ANA RTW Ticket was a flight from Chengdu to Kathmandu. Originally, I was supposed to spend 4 nights in KTM and then go to Bhutan. Because there were no flights to Bhutan after I confirmed my money transfer went through (see Booking Bhutan), I had to swap plans. This presented one problem. Ms. TPOL’s flight left CTU at 8:25AM, connected in Tibet, and arrived in KTM at 11AM. This would give her two hours to clear immigration and deal with the visa on arrival process (see Nepal Visa on Arrival, Needed Even in Transit). Since we were spending $3300 on the Bhutan package, I thought it best to change her flight to my direct one. The fare difference was $465 ($657-$192). With such a disparity, I decided to risk her happiness and keep the flights.
At the airport, I thought I would ask one more time if I could make the ticket swap. Remarkably, I was told that it would only be $200. I agreed and off we went. I don’t think relying on tickets at the airport to be cheaper is a sound strategy, but it paid to ask.
Happiness to follow.
What would you have done?