Cathay Pacific allows passengers to keep mistaken discount overseas fares

Cathay Pacific allows passengers to keep mistaken discount overseas fares

Hong Kong-based airline Cathay Pacific said Wednesday it would honor first and business-class tickets from Vietnam to NY it mistakenly sold online for about $675 - that should have cost as much as $16,000.

Spotted by travel bloggers on New Year's Eve, return first class fares between NY and Hanoi were going for $1,100, which would usually set you back about $16,000. Sign-up now and enjoy one (1) week free access!

Word spread and many people were able to get themselves first-class and business seats for a steal.

The Hong Kong-based airline tweeted on Wednesday that it would honour the discount tickets for those that had been lucky enough to purchase them.

"You can fly from Vietnam - the cheapest fares originate in Da Nang, but other cities work as well - to Cathay Pacific's U.S. gateways starting at $US675". "You can fly from Southeast Asia (Vietnam) to NY in Cathay Pacific business class from $675 roundtrip".

Here's hoping for another "surprise" special for the rest of us.

Other flights during the accidental dealweren't a whole lot more - with One Mile reporting a trip from Hanoi to NY for just $1,100 in business class and a first-class seat from Hanoi to Vancouver for $988.

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The pricing gaffe comes just months after a sophisticated hack on Cathay Pacific's computer systems a year ago that exposed private information of 9.4 million passengers.

Other airlines have made similar pricing errors previously.

Regis Cheung, who bought three round tickets from Vietnam to NY and one to Vancouver for around $800 (around P42,000) each, welcomed Cathay's move.

The airline also had to fix the branding on one of its planes in September after it misspelled its own name.

In an update in November a year ago, the company said it was working with 27 regulators in 15 jurisdictions to investigate the data breach.

The blunder concluded a challenging year for Cathay Pacific, which has been trying to return to profitability after posting its first ever back-to-back annual loss in March.

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