A number of lucky travellers were able to pick up business class plane tickets for a fraction of their usual price after a currency conversion error on a Japanese airline’s website.
The premium seats on All Nippon Airways flights were on sale for economy prices, with one person managing to grab a round-trip flight from Jakarta, Indonesia, to the Caribbean island of Aruba (with stops in Tokyo and New York) for around £715 – a flight that would usually sell for more than £13,000, according to Robb Report.
The glitch spread across social media, with others sharing stories of how they managed to find a bargain, with reports of flights usually worth £8,000 going for under £1,000.
The airline confirmed that the mistake was due to an error on its Vietnam website. It didn’t disclose how many discounted tickets were sold before the problem was discovered.
A spokesman for All Nippon Airways initially said that all cheaper tickets would be honoured but later said that a final decision is yet to be made.
The Independent has contacted the airline for comment.
Johnny Wong, who works in aviation, told Bloomberg News that he managed to book a return business class ticket from the Indonesian capital to Hawaii via Japan for 13 million dong, or £445.
He said: “I never thought I’d catch such a deal”.
This isn’t the first time that travellers have been able to find incredible deals due to a website error.
In January 2019, a technical glitch saw Cathay Pacific sell several thousand first class and business class tickets at for economy class prices.
Tickets worth up to £15,000 from Vietnam to New York were sold for £1,300, which works out at just £0.15 per mile; the typical rate is £1.66 per mile.
A day after the error, the airline confirmed that it would honour the mistake fare tickets as a new year treat.
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