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Delta fares: Airline to honor extremley cheap fares caused by computer glitch

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Delta Airlines is giving a late Christmas present to some of its customers and it is coming in the form of extremely low fares. The Huffington Post reported on Dec. 26, 2013, that low Delta fares caused by a computer glitch are going to be honored by the company for those that ended up getting them.

From about 10:00 a.m. through noon ET on Thursday, a number of Delta fares were on the airline's official website while other travel booking sites were showing fares incorrectly.

The mistakes were made by a computer glitch and offering up round-trip flights for just pennies on the dollar. A round-trip flight between Cincinnati and Salt Lake City went for $48.41 while a round-trip flight between Cincinnati and Minneapolis in February, 2014, went for $25.05.

Both of those Delta fares normally go for prices well over $400.

A spokesman for Delta said that the computer glitch that caused the low fares has been fixed, but "Delta will honor any fares purchased at the incorrect price."

Delta's website started experiencing huge amounts of extra traffic on Thursday afternoon once word of the incorrect fares started spreading.

"People just go wild. People have been bragging about booking six first-class tickets to Hawaii," Hobica said. "People hate the airlines so much that when this happens, they say: I'm going to get back at you for the time you broke my suitcase and didn't pay for it."

Many wondered if the incorrect Delta fares would be honored, but new regulations from the Department of Transportation said they would have to be. The regulations are aimed at offering truth in advertising and require all companies to honor any mistaken fares offered.

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