Published: Thu, January 03, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Curse you, people who landed $16,000 first class seats for $675

Curse you, people who landed $16,000 first class seats for $675

Prices weren't available for August.

In 2014, Singapore Airlines also mistakenly sold business-class tickets for the price of economy for flights between Australia, Asia, and Europe.

Asia's biggest global carrier sold business-class tickets from Vietnam to Canada and the U.S. at economy prices earlier this week, according to bloggers.

The pricing mistake was first noticed several days ago by aviation bloggers, who trawl the internet looking for cheap deals. A premium round-trip ticket from Da Nang, Vietnam to NY is a steal at $675, according to Gary Leff, a travel blogger on View from the Wing. Although it sold the ticket for around $675, prices for the same route in July and September cost around $16,000. "Hope this will make your 2019 'special" too!

The Department of Transportation (DOT) ruled in 2015 that airlines aren't legally obligated to honor mistake fares, although rescinding the seemingly marvelous deals will nearly certainly spark a customer uproar.

The bargain fares were sold on a route from the Vietnamese city of Da Nang to NY.

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Last summer, Hong Kong Airlines suffered a similar error, and set the bar high by honouring its mistake.

And more than 9 million Cathy customers had their personal information stolen when its computers were hacked previous year.

New York-based Chris Dong, who writes about airlines on the Point Me To The Plane website, was getting ready for his new year celebration when he got wind of the cheap Cathay fares. It was the world's biggest airline data breach.

Cathay Pacific is attributing the snafu to a "ticketing error", and hasn't elaborated further, though it's possible the glitch was caused by something as simple as an airline employee typing in the wrong number. It sold business class tickets for HK$4600 ($875) for return flights from Los Angeles to both Shanghai and Bangkok.

BA said it offered customers a full refund and £100 vouchers but many said the gesture wasn't good enough.

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