Glitch Causes Cheap El Al Flights to Israel

How Does $335 Roundtrip New York-to-Tel Aviv Grab You?

By JTA

Published August 07, 2012.
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Thousands of travelers bought bargain basement-priced tickets to Israel on El Al Airlines after a third-party mistake sent the price plummeting.

The tickets, sold Monday, were going for as low as $335 round trip, The New York Jewish Week reported.

A spokeswoman for El Al told the newspaper that the low prices were a third-party mistake, but that all of the tickets would be honored, despite what some Facebook and Twitter users were claiming.

People were alerted to the deal through the travel website Dan’s Deals.

“I’m not going to speculate on why the tickets were so cheap, though it does seem likely that they forgot to include a fuel surcharge,” Dan wrote. “However the [Department of Transportation] has strict rules that prohibit airlines from charging additional fees after a ticket is issued or from cancelling paid tickets, so I do think that these tickets will be honored.”

One traveler told VIN News that he booked 26 tickets for family and friends.

The airline told VIN it is not clear how many tickets were purchased at the low fare.


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