United voids transatlantic tickets accidentally sold for under $100

United Airlines briefly offered thousands of passengers transatlantic tickets for less than $100 — only to void the sales once it realized the mistake.

Airline voids tickets for thousands of passengers after discovering online error

United Airlines cancelled thousands of tickets Wednesday after people bought flights at bargain-basement prices online. (Associated Press)

These airline ticket prices were never going to fly.

Thousands of airline passengers who bought transatlantic tickets for less than $100 have learned their tickets were too good to be true. 

United Airlines briefly offered online buyers deeply discounted first-class flights including London to Newark for just $74 US  only to void the sales once it realized the mistake.

United said in a statement Wednesday that the error was made by a third-party software provider that applied an incorrect currency exchange rate. 

"Most of these bookings were for travel originating in the United Kingdom, and the level of bookings made with Danish kroner as the local currency was significantly higher than normal during the limited period that customers made these bookings," the statement said.


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