The Old “Western Union Hold” Trick

This is a good one – I  just discovered it in the blogosphere. My readers are invited to try it out to see if it really helps.

The problem

Booking flights online often require immediate purchase. Buy it or lose it.

The solution is – WESTERN UNION

Scroll down for this amazing, life changing discovery, also known as “The Stealth Hold”

westernunion-office

Book the tickets online and when it comes time to pay – place reservation on hold for CASH payment. AA’s website explains how. Continental works as well and I guess most airlines have a similar process.

How do you pay cash for a ticket booked online? Western Union. You get 24 hours with your reservation (and fare!) guaranteed. Now, unless you are a Bangladeshi worker stranded in Dubai or a world class money launderer (off to a Long Island romantic getaway) or Ehud Olmert, you won’t be hauling envelopes of cash to the nearby Western Union office.

What you will be doing is call the airline (within 24 hours) and tell them you decided to pay by credit card after all. You have succeeded in buying time. Time to:

  • Decide if that is what you want to do
  • Wait to see if fares change

This technique is also good to speak to an agent without paying the fee that often comes with that privilege. And to get the online booking mile bonus.

Summing up – the “Steath Hold” works by

  1. Booking the flight online
  2. Selecting the “pay by cash” or “place the reservation on hold” option
  3. Recording the record locator code (PNR)
  4. Call within 24 hours (may vary) to pay by Credit Card


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3 Responses

  1. Can I then pay on-line or do I have to call in? does it work on the on line travel sites or just direct with the airlines?? Thanks for the tip!

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  3. […] enough to tell me if I could get it cheaper online. But, I must admit that I still enjoy using the Western Union hold from time to time in online […]

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