US Airways Glitch

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

US Airways became the low-cost carrier of all time last weekend -- until somebody found the glitch in the computer.

For several hours, US Airways was selling tickets to several smaller cities for a dollar-86 round-trip plus fees. That deal set Internet boards abuzz.

With taxes and fees, the round-trip fares were about 40 dollars apiece.

After finding the glitch Saturday afternoon, U-S Airways corrected it by that evening. A spokesman says the airline doesn't know how many people bought the super-cheap tickets.

A moderator for FlyerTalk-dot-com, an Internet site for frequent fliers, told The Charlotte Observer that most of the fares involved flights into Lebanon, New Hampshire, or Watertown, New York. But several other cities, including Asheville, North Carolina, and Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, were also involved.

A Canadian divinity student said he bought ten first-class, round-trip tickets from Watertown to Eugene, Oregon, for about 64 dollars each.

The Retirement Systems of Alabama is the airline's top share holder.

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