CATHAY PACIFIC REPEATS GOOF-UP ON TICKET PRICE
Hong Kong, Jan. 13: For a lucky few, it’s the gift that keeps on giving: a Cathay Pacific snafu offering premium tickets at a fraction of their value, for the second time in less than two weeks.
On its website on Sunday morning, Cathay was offering firstclass flights from Lisbon to Hong Kong — via a connecting flight through London with a partner airline — for just $1,512, the South China Morning Post reported.
A similar journey in first-class via Frankfurt meanwhile, would set travellers back an eyewatering $16,000.
“We are looking into the root cause of this incident both internally and externally with our vendors,” a Cathay spokesperson, who attributed the error to an “input issue”, was cited as saying.
The Hong Kong-based carrier will honour the cheap fares for the “very small number” of savvy and fortunate travellers, the spokesperson added, as it did last time.
Airline and travel blogs went into overdrive on New Year’s Eve after eagle-eyed shoppers noticed the carrier was offering first and business class tickets on its website from Vietnam to the US and Canada for $670.