Last Thursday I wrote about the amazing first class mistake fare which British Airways published between Dubai and Austin.
British Airways basically left off a zero (or placed the decimal one digit off, depending on how you look at it), and published their one-way first class fare between Dubai and Austin as ~$857 rather than $8,577. The fare was bookable on quite a few carriers, including Emirates, Etihad, Qatar Airways, etc.
I booked one of these fares on a pretty cool routing, which I’m excited about.
Once the fare was pulled, the first question many people had was whether or not it would be honored. Obviously people are keen to find out, since it’s only natural to want to book positioning flights and hotels for Dubai.
Earlier in the week I shared my thoughts on whether or not the fare would be honored.
Well, it has now been over a week since the fare has been pulled, so personally this is the point at which I’d feel comfortable assuming the fare will be honored and booking positioning flights & hotels. I guess British Airways’ approach to this mistake fare is in line with this theory of mine:
It’s entirely possible that British Airways will honor the fare, but just won’t publicly acknowledge it. It could be that this is all we’re going to get. I find British Airways to be a pretty
arrogantproud airline, so it wouldn’t surprise me if they don’t even want to admit they made the fat finger mistake.
As I’ve explained before, I’m not one to pout when airlines don’t honor mistake fares (I’ve never filed a DOT complaint), though I do generally think if airlines aren’t going to honor mistake fares, they have the obligation to let consumers know as quickly as possible.
They’re beyond the point where they can argue “whoops, that was a mistake and we’re not honoring,” in my opinion.
I can taste the Krug at the Qatar Airways A380 bar already…!
So, who’s headed to Dubai, and do y’all have the same conclusion regarding how British Airways is handling this fare?