Australians scored the deal of a lifetime thanks to an apparent glitch with a major airline and a booking website – securing return flights to Europe in summer for less than $300.
Return airfares from Sydney to Berlin in July normally cost around $3,000 – but on Thursday night social media was set on fire after someone found a roundtrip for a few hundred dollars.
The person discovered a flight with Etihad through SkyScanner for peak summer in 2023 – with the advertised flight plummeting in price when booked through the airline rather than a third-party.
Despite listing prices between $2,000 and $3,000, once through to payment the cost of the return trip fell to around $300.
The message was widely circulated on Facebook Messenger, with dozens of people jumping on the glitch before the company caught on and Etihad flights were removed from SkyScanner.
Flights from Sydney to Berlin Brandenburg for the extraordinarily low price of $300 return were available throughout the warm months
The message was widely circulated on Facebook Messenger, with dozens of people jumping on the glitch before the company caught on
Flights from Sydney to Berlin Brandenburg for the extraordinarily low price of $300 return were available throughout the warm months next year – representing a stunning coup for Aussie travellers.
Dozens of people reported grabbing the deal before it was removed from SkyScanner’s website, finding fares from May through to August.
‘I couldn’t believe it, a mate shared the message with me and a few minutes later I’d booked it,’ a man who wished not to be named told Daily Mail Australia.
‘I had a European summer wedding anyway, so this is a crazy deal for me.’
The extremely cheap flights were with Etihad, one of the world’s best airlines
Another traveller, who wished not to be named, said they had been looking at flights well over $3,000 for the same time.
‘You barely get to Melbourne for $300 return these days,’ the woman told Daily Mail Australia.
‘To fly to Europe with a top airline in the middle of summer is madness. I can’t believe it.’
The glitch was online for about an hour on Thursday night before all Etihad flights were removed from SkyScanner’s website.
Etihad Airlines has been contacted for a comment.
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