When you buy a travel package through an online travel agency, you expect the price to be significantly less than if you booked each item separately, right?

So did Thao Tran when he was shopping for a trip to Chicago on Orbitz. But just for kicks, he asked for a price quote for the hotel and airfare.

Shockingly, the a la carte price was less than the package rate.

What the …?

Tran explains:

While booking a trip to Chicago, I noticed that the “packaged” price for a flight and hotel on Orbitz was priced at $585.81.

However, using Orbitz to price the two items separately, with the exact same information, the flight was $250.69 and the hotel was $319.44. This totals to $570.13 — almost $16 less than the packaged price. Of course, I could easily book it separately to get the lower price, but I had a coupon code for $50 off a hotel and flight package, and I wanted to maximize my savings.

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