Anyone notice some really cheap UA fares yesterday? United was mistakenly selling tickets from $5 to $10 both on their website and via phone centers. Like the United 4 mile award glitch (Final Update – Colleague’s 4 Mile HK Roundtrip – Honored by United!), those who are able to travel immediately clearly benefit the most from these mistakes.
The AP reports:
The airline said it accidentally filed some fares for $0. United Continental Holdings Inc. spokeswoman Megan McCarthy said the mistake was due to an error in filing the fares, not a problem with the website. She said United doesn’t yet know how many tickets were sold at the unusually low prices. Will United honor the tickets? The airline is thinking about it. “As always, we will do what is appropriate,” McCarthy said. Maura Leahy, who lives in Houston, was booking a Christmas trip back to Washington to visit her parents on Thursday. The trip to Washington was $5. The return leg was $220, but it was still a cheap ticket. But why wait. She decided to try booking a cheap flight to surprise her parents on Friday. “It was $5 round-trip, no fees, nothing,” she said. “This is nuts.” She checked in right away and printed her boarding pass hoping to increase her chances of being able to use the ticket. Leahy said a co-worker scored a cheap flight to San Francisco while another got one to DC for later this year.