Cathay Pacific to honour $16000 fares sold for $675, Report

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Usually, a business-class return ticket to NY from Da Nang costs $16,000 (Rs. 11L) for travel in July and September.

That represented a staggering discount.

Tickets for that flight are usually sold at around $16,000.

But some customers who purchased the tickets took to Twitter to thank Cathay Pacific for honouring their commitment.

"As I shared after the fact, it looked like a ton of people booked these fares, and Cathay Pacific first class cabins were in many cases sold out altogether months and months in advance", the blog stated.

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The rock-bottom fares were reported by travel bloggers on New Year's Eve and later pulled by the airline, the BBC reported.

In two hours he managed to snap up five first-class round trips from Vietnam to NY for $840 (about P44,000) each and a business class flight for $699 (around P37,000).

The question then was: would Cathay honor the under-priced tickets? "I was betting on the fact they really need the good publicity right now".

The ticketing error caps a tough year for Cathay.

Cathay Pacific has decided to make those lucky passengers happy by keeping the prices exactly how they found them.

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Cathay had sold tickets to the United States and other destinations from Vietnam in a promotional offer that ended December 31, according to its website.

The airline did not immediately say how many tickets were sold. "Their response has helped them improve their image".

Literally everyone who managed to buy a cheap first class fare.

Singapore Airlines, for example, honoured tickets sold for less than half price in 2014.

But the Hong Kong-based airline made a blunder this week as the new year rolled in - briefly offering those pricey seats from Vietnam to North American cities for as low as $675 round-trip.

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However, it is not the first time airline passengers have snapped up tickets due to a pricing glitch.

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