There’s now a way to get an even bigger discount on one of Canada’s discount airlines.
NewLeaf is allowing customers to bid on its unsold seats, meaning, given the right circumstances, you can get a flight for really, really cheap.
The move comes as part of the company’s new partnership with Jump On Flyaways, which has a business model that relies entirely on collecting bids for unsold airplane seats, and then letting the carriers choose whether or not to accept them. That’s where things get a little tricky. Because even if you have the highest bid when the auction closes, NewLeaf could still choose to decline it. And they aren’t exactly being forthcoming about how much someone would need to bid in order to be taken seriously.
“That’s the secret sauce,” NewLeaf Travel CEO Jim Young said. “We know we’re not going to accept very many one penny or five cent bids.”
In other words, bid realistically. Jump On’s website notes that travellers who use its service save up to 80 per cent off “typical scheduled airline fares.” Meaning any bids that go beyond an 80 per cent markdown likely won’t be accepted.
Bidding is permitted until 48 hours before a flight takes off. So be prepared to be flexible with your travel plans if you want this to work.
If you’re ready to get started, you can check out the bidding page right here.