Disclosure: The following is not legal advice. Contact an attorney (not me) if you have an issue with an airline. I don’t handle those cases.
By now, you’ve read or found out that your Air France mistake fare was not honored. And everyone is up in arms about the predictable occurrence. Only I can’t figure out why. The DOT rules are very clear: mistake fares aren’t honored when the airline acts promptly. Instead of threatening fake lawsuits and complaining about how unfair it is that you can’t fly first class for next to nothing, I suggest the following: move on. Don’t blog about it like it is surprising.
To be clear, breaking the news that an airline is not honoring the mistake fare is newsworthy. Going on and on about how it is a travesty or how it happened to you too is not. We all have been lucky enough to fly around the world for free by taking advantage of arbitrage opportunities. So when one does not go our way, let’s have an ‘onto the next one policy’. If I, a consumer protection attorney (blogger by day, attorney at night), can’t find fault in an event such as this then it is more likely than not that you won’t either.