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Delta Air Lines says it isn't sure how many tickets were sold at extremely low prices on Thursday as a computer glitch allowed some customers to by coast-to-coast tickets for about $25 and a Boston to Honolulu ticket for $68.

Delta spokesman Trebor Banstetter said the a Delta would honor the low fares, which were found on the airline's website and other online travel websites that list Delta fares.

"For a portion of the morning today, some prices on delta.com and other booking channels were incorrectly displayed, resulting in lower than usual fares for customers," Banstetter stated in a release.

This glitch ended up giving many travelers an unexpected and late Christmas gift.

Delta now says the problem has been fixed, much to the chagrin of those looking for cheap fares as we head into 2014, but as late as Thursday night, some Delta fares were not loading at all.

Some analysts were even having a little holiday fun with this mistake.

"It looks like Delta's programmers had a little too much eggnog yesterday," laughed George Hobica, founder of AirfareWatchDog.com. "It's likely that the airline tried to tweak its fares with a $10 or $20 system-wide change and a programmer made a mistake or two."

Should be an interesting year of air fares as we head into 2014.

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