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User currently offlinePizzaPolli From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 243 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1186 times:

So yesterday UA had another problem with their computers and gave a whole lot of fares away for as low as $5. Anyone know what routes people booked? And yes, United is going to honor them.

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User currently offlineSetjet From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 1122 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1110 times:

ALL the US fares were between 5 and 45$, and that's including tax! The glitch was between 11am and somewhere around 3pm, that's when I heard about it. Too late.

User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5498 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1101 times:

Yeah I just heard it on the news too. I wish I could have been in on that when it happened haha.

User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1060 times:

According to the Chicago Tribune, the $5.00 fare destinations were to San Francisco, Los Angeles and "a dozen other destinations." All flights originate from ORD, since the glitch was a result of tweaking United's computers to start advertising low fares from Chicago to rebuild traffic.

According to the Trib, this has also happened a couple of other times this year where passengers got a chance to book tickets to Paris, London and Hong Kong for $24.98. They apperntly sold 143 of those tickets. And those were honored too.

And also in August it happened again when 120 customers booked trips to Bombay from Chicago for $140 or $180. Again, those were honored as well. Wow, this would have been quite a mileage run.  Big thumbs up

As a frequent ual.com visitor myself, I sure would have loved the chance to have ogtten a hold of one of those super discounted tickets? If I did, do you think they would have let me upgrade to Biz? Big grin



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User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6305 posts, RR: 33
Reply 4, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1037 times:

Well the duplicate post said the UA was trying to offer $5.00 off on the fares. That would surely draw people in.
I frankly wonder if it was a glitch. Think how many people are going to go to the UA website hoping to find such a deal. I think they won't but one never knows. I tend to believe it was a rather astute bit of marketing. They got publicity at a very low price by selling empty seats. Stroke of genius.



Damn, this website is getting worse daily.
User currently offlineVh-daq From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2001, 182 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 963 times:

yes, if it was done on purpose, very clever indeed

hats off to UA

Hooroo
DAQ


User currently offlineJAL From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 5090 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 922 times:

$5!!! It would cost more just to go to the airport than to fly!!!


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User currently offlineParra From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 890 times:

Another post is talking about how Go in the UK are offering flights for GBP5 including tax on purpose!

User currently offlineUal777contrail From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 868 times:

i heard it was for 45 minutes and the flights were trans con flights.
JFK-SFO
JFK-LAX
but if it included more cities i dont know.i wish i knew how many tickets were sold.




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User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 766 times:

No, this was not intentional. In fact here is an article explaining the glitch and what possibly could have caused it ...

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://tm0.com/daywatch/sbct.cgi?s=117309189&i=538552&m=1&d=2673820

Window of blame opens on $5 United tickets
A few industry experts are suggesting that the Internet ticketing problem experienced by United Airlines on Tuesday may be tied to a problem with the carrier's computers--rather than the Airline Tariff Publishing Co..

Airline Tariff Publishing of Herndon, Va., was created in the 1960s to independently handle the transmission of fare information to travel agents and reservations systems.

The company now also transmits the data to a variety of booking sites, including that of United.com., because of federal regulations.

"We got the information [on United fares] correctly from ATPCO into our system," said a techie who helps run a competing Internet booking engine.

United officials have said the error was caused by the publishing company.

It is the third time in a little more than a year that United has inadvertently allowed customers to buy heavily discounted tickets. On Tuesday, nearly 1,000 round-trip tickets were sold for $5, plus various government taxes, during about 51 minutes over the lunch hour, said Rono Dutta, United's president.



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