When travelers saw that a first class planet ticket with United Airlines cost just $70, they rushed to buy them. Thousands of tickets were sold through a vendor, but United Airlines has just revealed that it would not be honoring the purchases because the whole thing was a mistake and they’re not to blame for it, but the vendor who put the tickets on sale.
The purchases of the tickets were all made on Wednesday morning and included first class flights to the U.S. from Europe for the whopping price of $69. The buyers’ happiness didn’t last very long, because United Airlines said that it was a mistake made by a vendor and that the offer was never real.
A spokesperson for United Airlines told CNN that the company is voiding the booking of the several thousand buyers who were trying to take advantage of the error that appeared on a third-party. They said that United Airlines files its fares correctly, but the incorrect currency exchange rate was applied.
While it did admit that the number of people who bought ultra-cheap transatlantic first class tickets were in the thousands, it would not disclose the exact number of people.
This is not the first time this type of mistake has occurred to airlines. United Airlines themselves have honored mistake fares in the past, such as the one that offered tickets for $5. Other companies have chosen to honor all their mistake fares, at their own cost.
The United Airlines first-class ticket mishap only allowed people to purchase tickets through the United Airlines Danish website and the departure city had to be London.
The deal that made thousands of people rush to buy cheap first class tickets was posted early Wednesday on many forums and travel blogs, including Flyertalk.com, which is a highly popular site for travel enthusiasts. In just a few hours, the deal was no longer available. The passengers who did manage to get the deal bought first-class transatlantic flights from London Heathrow to Newark, Washington DC, Honolulu and many other U.S. cities.
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