BA $20 fare?

Old Dec 2nd, 2002, 10:21 AM
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BA $20 fare?

My friend just told me that BA had a computer glitch this past Friday and seats were being sold for $20 round trip. ANyone else hear that?!
Old Dec 2nd, 2002, 11:12 AM
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It was over the weekend.The thread was on the Europe Forum.Go to the Europe Forum and type into the Text Search box
"Anybody here get a $20 BA ticket?" and the thread will come up immediately to your left.HTH
Old Dec 2nd, 2002, 09:17 PM
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Got lucky on the website. Just bought a ticket from Los Angeles-Amsterdam via Heathrow on BA for $104.00USD with taxes included!!! Definitely a great price and can still earn miles too!!
Old Dec 3rd, 2002, 11:13 AM
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Those fares are I think booked in "T" class which gives you World Traveller Plus on the transatlantic legs.
World Traveller plus is like Virgin's Premium Economy with 38 inches of pitch, wider seats( 8 abreast on the 747-400 compared to 10 abreast in World Traveller, separate cabin,you should get first choice of food)
You should also get more miles (110% of full mileage ).
For those people with AA Advantage miles FF scheme you will of course not be able to earn AA miles on the transatlantic legs but you will earn BA miles.
Well done to everybody who got those flights.
I wish we in the UK had the opportunity of those fares!!

Regards and Happy Travelling

Old Dec 9th, 2002, 04:25 PM
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Michael/LAX.....what time of day are these prices posted? Is it a midnight thing..or what?! I always hear about airfares after the fact. Do you prowl at night looking for the low fare? I"m wondering if I should wake at midnight every night and start looking for fares!!!
Old Dec 10th, 2002, 05:36 AM
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The $20 or so fares are most likely a thing of the past.United had sveral of these type fares domestically thru the summer.They were posted for less than an hour,randomly.Then they were pulled.The other carriers of course matched the fares on a very limited basis.The same held true for international fares.But now with a FederalJudge in charge of united's fate, it is highly doubtful that such low fares will be seen again.Thats not to say it wont happen.
Old Jan 20th, 2003, 11:56 AM
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I was one of the lucky ones who stumbled across (via Travelocity) the BA $20.00 R/T flights to Europe. I booked IAD to Venice for $20 plus $73 in taxes to travel in March-April.

After locking up this terrific deal with paper tickets (my insurance against "computer error" for $19.95), I spent a couple of hours patting myself on the back and phoning some of my globe-trotting friends with the good news. Then I went back to Travelocity to see if I could get another flight to say Istanbul, Moscow or some other exotic place I have not yet visited. Alas, all of my chosen flight dates came back "Flight not available". I gave up after 3 hours of trying all permutations of destinations/dates.

I haven't heard any explanation of what happened to cause BA to offer such money losing fares. Did a computer programmer lose his job over this glitch?
Old Jan 20th, 2003, 12:29 PM
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I've read some trip reports from few lucky people that already took their trip. The tickets were honored, with no questions asked. Unlike the recent Starwood Hotels glitch, where people were able to reserve an overwater bunglows in Tahiti for about $85.00 per night, were the regular room rate is $850.00 per night.Starwood refused to honor these reservations, although they did offer 40% off regular rate and if proven you already bought a non-refundable plane ticket to refund that amount. Anyway, BA never did say what happened. It would not be beneficial to BA to wash their laundry in the public arena, if this was some computer glitch. There are few experienced flyers and airline employees that think BA did this on purpose to get some cheap publicity at the slowest time of the year for them. I believe this is the second or maybe even third time with BA, so maybe they are right.
Enjoy your trip!
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