Cathay Pacific sells premium tickets between Vietnam and U.S. at huge discount

Airline tweets it will accept the buyers on board with their cheap tickets

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/01/02
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Cathay Pacific caught by ticketing price glitch. (By Associated Press)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A computer glitch looked responsible for steep discounts on Cathay Pacific flights between Vietnam and the United States, but the airline later said it would admit the ticket buyers on board, reports said Wednesday.

Earlier in the week, the Hong Kong airline sold business class return tickets normally listed as costing US$16,000 (NT$492,000) between Da Nang in Vietnam and New York in July and September from a mere US$675 (NT$20,700), Bloomberg reported.

Travel bloggers immediately noticed the huge discounts, spreading the word and attracting extra buyers.

However, the South China Morning Post reported Wednesday that a New York-based professional who bought two first-class tickets between Da Nang and the U.S. city had his booking cancelled without receiving an explanation from the airline.

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