We all know that some airline glitches allow us to get airfare for an absurdly inexpensive price—but what if the glitches cause the prices to go up rather than down? A British woman recently encountered this issue while trying to book a family vacation through British Airways to Riviera Maya in Mexico.
Were you one of the lucky few who snagged a Cathay Pacific fare glitch flight in January, getting to fly in a $16,000 First Class seat for only $1,100? Congratulations! Sometimes airline glitches work in our favor. But in the case of U.K.-based Debbie Andrioli, a glitch had the exact opposite effect.
Andrioli was hoping to book a family vacation to Riviera Maya in Mexico through British Airways’ website. She was looking for an all-inclusive trip for her family of five. But after she searched and tried to find prices, she was hit with a staggering amount: about $840,000 per person, for a total of $4.2 million for the whole family. That’s about 200 times more expensive than what that trip would normally cost.
She took it in stride, though, tweeting Alex Cruz, the CEO of British Airways, noting that the price is a bit steep and she was wondering they could haggle. It was a clever retort for what was clearly a glitch in the system.
@MoneySavingExp @SimonCalder I was searching for a 2 week #holiday to Mexico for my family (2 adults, 3 kids) over Christmas. This one from @BritishAirways comes in at just over £3million for us all. It is all inclusive, but I think it’s a bit steep. Can we haggle @alex_cruz ? pic.twitter.com/AfLhtWcISr
— Deb (@SFC_Debs) March 20, 2019
In response to Andrioli’s tweet, British Airways released a statement, Digital Trends reported: “We always want our customers to feel like a million dollars when they’re on holiday with us, but our holidays to Mexico start at 843 pounds per person, so nobody ever needs to pay that much.”
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