If you were looking for tickets from Portugal to Hong Kong yesterday, there's a chance you saw an insanely good deal from Cathay Pacific Airlines.
The bargain fares were sold on a route from Lisbon to Hong Kong via London.
Others found business-class fares from Hanoi to NY for only $1,100, and first-class tickets between Hanoi and Vancouver for just $988. An early morning flight from Lisbon to Frankfurt, followed by a flight at midday in first class on Cathay to Hong Kong, is usually priced at $16,000, but a midday flight from Lisbon to London, followed by a late afternoon Cathay flight in first class, cost just $1,512.
The bargain fares were sold on a route from Lisbon to Hong Kong via London
As of 11.30am on Sunday, the steeply discounted tickets remained on sale.
"We are aware of an error on some fares from Europe on our website because of an input issue".
The company said at the time it would honour the bookings, tweeting that it had learnt its lesson.More news: New Mustang Shelby GT500: the most powerful street-legal Ford ever made
A Cathay spokeswoman said a "very small number" of customers had been able to buy the fares at the vastly discounted prices and it looked "forward to welcoming you in board to enjoy our premium services".
Airline and travel blogs went into overdrive on New Year's Eve after eagle-eyed shoppers noticed the carrier was offering first and business class tickets on its website from Vietnam to the United States and Canada for as little as US$670.
Once again, Cathay Pacific will honor the tickets, with a statement from the airline confirming as much. The airline said it stopped sales as soon as the error was highlighted by a journalist at the South China Morning Post.More news: DRC: Fayulu supporters dispersed by riot police at court
The pricing mistakes come amid other woes, as Cathay grapples with a turnaround to reverse losses amid fierce competition from Asian budget airlines.More news: Apocalypse Now? It's 'Raining' Spiders In Brazil