$22k first class flights sold for $966 by mistake

05 January, 2019, 10:43 | Author: Gerard Cortez
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Red-faced Cathay Pacific officials have told customers who bought first- and business-class tickets at bargain-basement prices that they can still travel at the pointy end.

Mr Gary Leff, a travel and loyalty-programme blogger on View From The Wing, wrote on Monday that the Cathay business-class round trip from Da Nang to NY started at US$675 for travel in August.

For those who are wondering if the insane cheap tickets will be honoured, Cathay Pacific has confirmed via Twitter that these tickets will be valid for travel.

Literally everyone who managed to buy a cheap first class fare.

An airlines blogger told media that he got a first-class ticket from Vietnam's Da Nang to NY for $842 (Rs. 58,983).

"The airline said that they'd make a decision on Wednesday about whether or not to honor these fares, and sure enough, they have".

The Hong Kong-based airline said it mistakenly sold business-class seats on August flights for a fraction of the usual price - and it plans to honor the blunder.

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While rare, it is not the first time a pricing error like this has happened to an airline.

According to Cathay Pacific's website, first class includes a series of perks such as leather seats with built-in massagers and a large "private working area".

The fares were not available on Cathay's website today. It missed an "f" from "Pacific", spelling out: "Cathay Paciic".

It isn't necessarily unheard of for airlines to unload otherwise exorbitant tickets at extremely low prices, and there's a variety of contributing factors that could ultimately cause mistake fares to occur.

A month earlier, it had to send one of its planes back to the paint shop after spelling the airline's name "Cathay Paciic" on the side of the jetliner.

In October a year ago, it also revealed a major data breach affecting 9.4 million passengers that leaked passport numbers, credit card numbers, and email addresses.

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