Japan Airlines Mistakenly Sells Business-Class Tickets To US For Just $550
ANA, Japan Airlines mistakenly sells business-class tickets to us for just $550. All Nippon Airways (ANA) recently encountered a currency conversion blunder that led to lucky travelers scooping up heavily discounted plane tickets, with some passengers securing $10,000 tickets for a mere $550.
The incident caused bargain hunters to race to the ANA website in search of cheaper fares, and some customers managed to buy business-class tickets for a few hundred dollars, a steal compared to the usual $10,000 cost.
The mistake occurred due to an error on ANA's Vietnam website, which had an erroneous currency conversion. An ANA spokesperson said that the airline was "investigating the cause of the bug and the size of its damage."
The airline has not yet disclosed how many people purchased discounted tickets, but it said it would uphold the bookings made during the blunder. However, the airline later backtracked and said that an official decision had not yet been made.
The airline expects to make a decision by the end of the month, but discounted tickets bought to be used before May will be honored, ANA said.
Newsof the pricing error rapidly spread across social media, and it's unclear how many people took advantage of the deal. Johnny Wong, who works in the airline industry, booked a return ticket in business class from Jakarta to Honolulu for 13 million dong or $550 USD, while the cost of the flight he purchased is now $8,200.
I never thought I'd catch such a deal.- Johnny Wong
ANA's business class tickets typically cost between $8,300 and $10,400 but were listed for anywhere from $300 to $550. One fortunate flyer paid just $890 for flights in first class from Jakarta to the Caribbean via Tokyo and New York and back again, a journey that would cost other ANA travelers about 20 times as much for a first-class seat.
Most of the tickets purchased at a cheaper rate were for travel from Indonesia's capital Jakarta to Japan and then to New York and back again to various Southeast Asia destinations, such as Singapore and Bali. ANA is not the first airline to accidentally sell its top tickets for a bargain rate.
This type of pricing error has occurred in the past, and the trend is likely to continue. However, airlines typically have measures in place to prevent this from happening, such as automated systems and price-checking procedures. Nonetheless, mistakescan occur, and airlines need to be prepared to handle them efficiently.
In conclusion, ANA's currency conversion blunder led to a large number of customers purchasing heavily discounted plane tickets. While the airline is investigating the cause of the bug, it has announced that it will honor the discounted tickets bought to be used before May.
ANA's spokesperson said that the airline is still considering how to handle the situation and will make an official decision by the end of the month. However, this incident is a reminder to airlines to implement effective measures to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future.