United Airlines accidentally posts $0 to $10 fares

United Airlines accidentally posts $0 to $10 fares

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY 25: A United Airlines 747 arrives at San Francisco International Airport on July 25, 2013 in San Francisco, California. United Continental Holdings, the parent company of United Airlines, reported record revenues with second quarter earnings of $469 million. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

kvue.com

Posted on September 12, 2013 at 3:58 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 12 at 3:58 PM

UNDATED -- For a little while on Thursday, United Airlines was giving away airplane tickets for free, or close to it.

Passengers reported buying tickets for $5 to $10. United says it accidentally filed fares for $0, although airport charges might have resulted in a small cost.

United stopped taking bookings through its website and phone centers to prevent more of the tickets from being sold or given away. The website was accepting reservations again around 2:45 p.m. Central time.

United spokeswoman Megan McCarthy says the mistake was due to an error in filing the fares, not a problem with the website. The airline doesn't yet know how many tickets were sold at the unusually low prices.

She says United has not yet decided whether it will honor the tickets.

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