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WHEN AIRLINE FARES ARE TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE…

Posted on 25 March 2010

It’s a sport among many hard-core travelers: trying to spot ridiculously low fares that airlines post by mistake-a $5,000 ticket offered for, say, $500. Airlines, once they realize their mistake, often try to wiggle out of honoring the deal-even though they typically charge heavy fees to customers who want to make changes after a ticket is purchased. Now, armed with a government opinion in their favor, carriers have gotten even stingier. British Airways canceled 1,200 reservations for 2,200 passengers from the U.S. to India last fall when it mistakenly offered the tickets for $40 on Oct. 2. In January, American Airlines offered first-class tickets from the U.S. to Australia for the coach price of $1,100 round-trip. First-class round-trip tickets actually cost as much as $20,000. American refused to honor the tickets and offered passengers $200 vouchers as compensation.

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