This post may contain affiliate links from our advertising partners, such as American Express. Read my Advertiser Disclosure policy here.
Earlier today, Delta was having some pricing issues which resulted in some major mistake fares for almost all of their domestic markets.
They were offering transcon flights from anywhere between $20-$50 including taxes and fees as well as flights to Hawaii for super cheap as well.
Literally any domestic flight was available for a fraction of what it would normally cost and most of the flights were offering the same price for First or coach.
This Wall Street Journal Article sums up what happened:
Amid the craziness of holiday travel, some customers scored a big win on Thursday when they found incredibly low fares on Delta Air Lines Inc.s website.
Delta said the fares—which included round-trip, cross-country flights for $25—were errors. But the airline said it would honor the fares.
The glitch, which appeared around 10 a.m. EST, caused some domestic flights to be offered for below $5, not including taxes and fees, according to Delta.com screenshots from Airfarewatchdog.com, which tracks airline pricing.
United Inc. experienced a similar error earlier this year when it offered mistake fares—including some that were virtually free not including taxes and fees. In that case, United also honored the mistaken fares.
George Hobica, founder of Airfarewatchdog.com, said some airlines have language in their booking contracts that allows them to not honor fares posted by mistake. “But they do honor them typically,” he said.
By the time I had found out and booked a flight, the site was already down, which is why I didn’t post earlier however I did luck out on a First Class flight from to Hawaii for only $30, so expect a trip report on that to follow.
Were you able to book any cheap flights as part of this mistake fare? If you were able to get in, the good news is that Delta has to honor these according to the new DOT rules, and has stated that they will be honoring them.
Editorial Note: Opinions, analyses, reviews or suggestions expressed on this site are those of the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any card issuer. This post was accurate at the time of posting, offer may be unavailable on this site at a later time. For details on current offers visit the card issuer’s site.