Due to a programming error, British Airways sold an untold number of $40 round trip tickets to India two weeks ago.
The Los Angeles Times reports:
How’s this for a dream deal: Fly round trip between the U.S. and India for as little as $40, plus taxes, fees and surcharges. For about two hours last week, that dream was reality for untold numbers of British Airways customers who booked these fares. Alas, it was a computer error, and now the carrier is trying to fix it.
We sincerely apologize,” British Airways spokesman John Lampl said today. “We’re trying to figure out how to best rectify the situation.” He added that it might be taken on a case-by-case basis and involve not only refunds but possibly credits toward future flights.
Point of comparison: A JFK-Mumbai nonstop flight starts at $1098 on Expedia.