Cathay Pacific mistakenly sells $16,000 flight for $675


A few very lucky people may have snagged the travel-deal of a lifetime this year: Cathay Pacific accidentally sold business and first-class tickets from Vietnam to NY for $675, rather than the standard $16,000.

Cathay Pacific accidentally sold first and business-class tickets for a fraction of their normal prices.

On Wednesday, Cathay Pacific tweeted, "Happy 2019 all, and to those who bought our good - VERY good surprise "special" on New Year's Day, yes - we made a mistake but we look forward to welcoming you on board with your ticket issued".

Last summer, Hong Kong Airlines suffered a similar error, and set the bar high by honouring its mistake.

"Hope this will make your 2019 "special" too!" it said, adding the hashtags #promisemadepromisekept and #lessonlearnt.

And more than 9 million Cathy customers had their personal information stolen when its computers were hacked previous year.

A business class return ticket to NY from Vietnam's Da Nang costs around US$16,000 (S$21,900) for travel in July and September, according to Cathay Pacific's website on Wednesday. Travel from Hanoi to Vancouver and back in a mix of business and first class could cost less than $1,000, according to a post on One Mile at a Time.

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In its October announcement, Cathay Pacific Airways said that personal data including passport numbers, identity card numbers, phone numbers and email addresses had been accessed.

It is not clear how many discounted tickets were sold.

The airline admitted that it "made a mistake", but said it would honour the tickets. Ticket prices weren't available for August on the website.

Hong Kong Airlines did the same previous year and also kept their word.

The fortuitous travelers who bought the cheaper tickets will have the chance to fly Cathay Pacific's Boeing 777 or Airbus A350 in luxury, with fully reclining seats and enhanced entertainment and food options.

The pricing gaffe comes on the heels of a sophisticated hack on Cathay Pacific's computer systems previous year that exposed private information of 9.4 million passengers in the world's biggest airline data breach.