Wild computer glitch sees BARGAIN round-trip flights from Australia to Europe for less than $300, but there could be a major catch
- Huge glitch sees $300 return flights from Australia to Europe
- Travelers found airfare from Sydney to Berlin Brandenburg with Etihad
- When booking through SkyScanner on the airline’s website, the flights were $300
- Several Australians became aware of the apparent flaw before it was shut down.
Australians got the deal of a lifetime thanks to an apparent glitch with a major airline and booking website: securing return flights to Europe in the summer for less than $300.
Return airfares from Sydney to Berlin in July normally cost around $3,000, but on Thursday night social media went up in flames after someone found a round trip for a few hundred dollars.
The person discovered an Etihad flight through SkyScanner for summer 2023, and the price of the advertised flight plummeted when it was booked through the airline instead of a third party.
Despite listing prices between $2,000 and $3,000, once it was paid for, the cost of the return trip dropped to around $300.
The message was widely circulated on Facebook Messenger, with dozens of people jumping on the flaw before the company caught on and Etihad flights were removed from SkyScanner.
Flights from Sydney to Berlin Brandenburg for the extraordinarily low price of $300 roundtrip were available during the warmer months.
The message was widely circulated on Facebook Messenger, with dozens of people jumping on the flaw before the company was even aware of it.
Flights from Sydney to Berlin Brandenburg for the extraordinarily low price of $300 return were available during the warmer months of next year, dealing a surprising blow to Australian travellers.
Dozens of people reported getting the offer before it was removed from SkyScanner’s website, finding rates from May through August.
“I couldn’t believe it, a colleague shared the message with me and a few minutes later I booked it,” a man who did not want to be identified told Daily Mail Australia.
“I had a European summer wedding anyway, so this is crazy for me.”
The extremely cheap flights were with Etihad, one of the best airlines in the world.
Another traveler, who did not want to be identified, said he had been looking at flights over $3,000 around the same time.
“You barely get to Melbourne for $300 back these days,” the woman told Daily Mail Australia.
“Flying to Europe with a top airline in the middle of summer is crazy. I can not believe it.
The glitch was online for about an hour on Thursday night before all Etihad flights were removed from the SkyScanner website.
Etihad Airlines has been contacted for comment.