NEW YORK — Some lucky fliers capitalized on a computer glitch Thursday and scored some really cheap flights on Delta Air Lines.
From about 9 to 11 a.m. CST, certain Delta fares on the airline's own website and other airfare booking sites were showing up incorrectly, offering some savvy bargain hunters incredible deals.
A round-trip flight between Cincinnati and Minneapolis for February was being sold for just $25.05 and a round trip between Cincinnati and Salt Lake City for $48.41. The correct price for both of those fares is more than $400.
Trebor Banstetter, a spokesman for the Atlanta-based airline, said the problem has been fixed but “Delta will honor any fares purchased at the incorrect price.”
Jackie Fanelli, 27, learned about the super cheap fares from a friend's Facebook page. She attempted to purchase a $98 round-trip first-class ticket from her home city of Baltimore to Honolulu on Priceline.com but the transaction didn't process before the deal was shut down.
“It was too good to be true,” Fanelli said. “I try to go away every other year and this was not the year.”
People just go wild. People have been bragging about booking six first-class tickets to Hawaii. People hate the airlines so much that when this happens, they say: I'm going to get back at you for the time you broke my suitcase and didn't pay for it.”
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