Australians got the deal of a lifetime thanks to an apparent glitch with a major airline and booking website: securing return flights to Europe for less than $300 in the summer.
Return airfares from Sydney to Berlin in July normally cost around $3,000, but social media went up in flames on Thursday night when someone found a round trip for a few hundred dollars.
The man discovered an Etihad flight through Skyscanner for the summer of 2023, and the advertised flight price dropped when it was booked through an airline rather than a third party.
Despite listing prices between $2,000 and $3,000, once you paid for it, the cost of the return trip dropped to about $300.
The message was widely circulated on Facebook Messenger, with dozens of people jumping on the loophole before the company was caught and Etihad flights were removed from Skyscanner.
Flights from Sydney to Berlin Brandenburg for the extraordinarily low price of $300 roundtrip were available during the warmer months.
The message was widely circulated on Facebook Messenger, with dozens of people jumping on the loophole even before the company knew about it.
Flights from Sydney to Berlin Brandenburg for the extraordinarily low price of $300 were available during the warmer months of the following year, a surprise blow to Australian travelers.
Dozens of people searching for rates from May to August reported receiving offers before they were removed from Skyscanner’s website.
“I couldn’t believe it, a coworker shared the message with me and I booked it a few minutes later,” one person, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Daily Mail Australia.
“I had a European summer wedding anyway, so it’s crazy to me.”
Extremely cheap flights were with Etihad, one of the best airlines in the world.
Another passenger, who did not want to be identified, said he was looking at flights worth more than about $3,000 at the same time.
“You hardly go to Melbourne for $300 these days,” the woman told Daily Mail Australia.
“Flying to Europe with a top airline in the middle of summer is crazy. I can’t believe it.
The glitch was online for about an hour on Thursday night before all Etihad flights were removed from the Skyscanner website.
Etihad Airlines has been contacted for comment.