Travelers buy airline tickets for $10 during 15 minute website glitch
WASHINGTON D.C. — Many apparently lucky travelers were awaiting a statement from United Airlines Friday morning on whether the airline would honor tickets sold in error for $0 to $10.
As reported by Forbes, air fares between cities such as Washington, DC and Minneapolis were being sold Thursday on the United website for $0 to $10.
Ticket prices on other domestic routes were displayed as $0, plus $5 tax.
Word quickly spread around the Internet and savvy buyers scooped up untold numbers of the dream tickets before United spotted the error.
The $0 fare and other wildly reduced fares appear to have been available for about 15 minutes, before United shut down its online reservations system, reporting that its site was undergoing maintenance.
“One of our filings today contained an error which resulted in certain fares being displayed as zero. We have corrected this error, ” said United in a statement that also blamed human error for the mistake.
The site has since resumed normal operations.
The tickets are sold, now what?
The question now: will United honor the erroneously priced tickets?
Sales of airline tickets based on erroneous fares are nothing new.
In 2012, as reported by hackmytrip.com, Singapore Airlines, United Airlines and Travelocity all wrangled with the problem.
Some believe companies should stand by their sales and accept the consequences of their own mistakes.
Others say airlines shouldn’t be held accountable for honest mistakes.
United has yet to issue a statement regarding its plans on whether or not to honor the tickets sold at mistaken fares.