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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Continental Unveils FareLock Service to Let Buyers Lock Ticket Prices

Continental Airlines has introduced FareLock, an option that offers lets customers hold reservations and lock-in ticket prices for 72 hours or seven days with no commitment to purchase a ticket. The new feature, which costs $5 to $9 for certain itineraries, both domestic and international, gives customers additional flexibility and lets them avoid the risk of price increases or sold-out flights.

Customers may choose FareLock when booking reservations at and opt for a 72-hour or a seven-day hold. They may return to complete the transaction at any time before the expiration time, or they may choose an auto-ticketing feature which tickets at the end of the lock period. FareLock fees, beginning at $5 for a 72-hour hold and $9 for a seven-day hold, will vary based on a number of factors such as the itinerary, number of days to departure and the length of the hold.

The carrier will continue to offer its 24-hour flexible booking policy that allows reservation changes and cancellations with full refund without a fee within 24 hours of booking. For customers choosing FareLock, the 24-hour flexible booking policy remains in effect upon ticketing, although the FareLock fee is non-refundable.

If you carry a Continental credit card you can check 1 bag free of charge. Continental is also in the process of merging with United Airlines. Once complete it will become one of the world’s largest carriers.

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