Google Flights Skyteam LAX-Madrid $290; Copenhagen $162; London $409 and other fares that don’t book at that price

Google Flights had me very excited this morning when I saw San Francisco – Johannesburg, South Africa had dropped for the third day in a row to an astonishing $562 round trip. Then, I saw Dar Es Salaam Tanzania priced in the $700s.

These low fares are all listed on Google flights as Skyteam fares. And there are lots of dates in the $500s for South Africa. The problem is they don’t price at that when clicking through to the Skyteam airline websites. The fare rises by $350 to $600, if it prices for online ticketing at all.

Los Angeles – Johannesburg $551 Delta-KLM (Air France $1,038)

Google Flights KLM JNB $551

Cairo, Egypt – $437 round trip prices at $925 KLM with a phone call.

Los Angeles LAX – Copenhagen CPH $162 prices at $796 on Delta website.

Los Angeles LAX – Madrid $290 prices at $842 on Delta website.

Los Angeles LAX – London $409 prices at $1,035 on Delta website.

Google Flights mistake fares map

Some other gems on Google Flights you can’t book at these prices today.

LAX – Athens $508 (Air France $949)

LAX – Kiev $353 (Delta $865)

LAX – Milan $573  (Delta $1,076)

Goes to show you can’t always believe your eyes. And mistake fares are sometimes simply mistakes.

These mistakes saved me a lot of money today.

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined in 2008.

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  1. The post for me was to share errors in Google Flights prices posting today. I still see several of the falsely lower fares seven hours later on Google Flights.

    $343 to Cairo, $162 to Copenhagen, I think Dubai was around $400. I spent an hour trying to find some way to make one of these price out.

    Watch out for false prices on Google Flights today when you see KLM-Skyteam flights involved.

  2. “These mistakes saved me a lot of money today.” apparently confused some readers about whether there was actually a sale.

    I meant that I saved a lot of money considering the likely alternative outcome. If these airfare rates had been available for purchase, then I would have booked South Africa and probably a couple trips to Copenhagen at incredibly low ticket prices.

    If LAX-CPH were $162 and SFO-JNB were $562 to South Africa, I would have tried to book three trips over the next year.

    That would be an opportunity to pay $1,772 for wife and I to buy three international trips to South Africa and Europe.

    Frequently one economy class ticket to South Africa is $1,700.

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