IcelandAir Mistake Fare Honored

The $61 IcelandAir mistake fare was covered in the Wall Street Journal on Thursday (thanks to an alert reader for the heads up) and in Friday’s Rocky Mountain News.

    Cheap Tickets helps people fly on the cheap, but customers may never again see a deal like the one offered this week.


    A computer glitch on the company’s Web site allowed numerous fliers to book round-trip tickets from the United States to Reykjav’k, Iceland, on Icelandair for under $100 – far less than the normal summer fares.

    On Thursday evening, Cendant Corp., owner of Cheap Tickets, said it was honoring the fares. It did not say how many of the dirt-cheap tickets had been purchased, and Iceland-air did not return a phone call.

Speculation is that at least 800 tickets were purchased at the $61 price, which consisted entirely of taxes.

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