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Published December 27, 2013, 08:50 AM

Thursday’s computer glitch meant dramatically low delta fares

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A computer glitch drove prices for Delta flights to the ground Thursday, turning the event into a late, but sweet Christmas present for some F-M travelers.

By: Brian Abel, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A computer glitch drove prices for Delta flights to the ground Thursday, turning the event into a late, but sweet Christmas present for some F-M travelers.

Patty Auka- Consultant, Travel Travel: "It was a very exciting day just because of all the low fares that were out there."

How does a first-class round trip for around $50 sound? A fairy tale, right? Well, for a two-hour period, the day after Christmas, that tale became a reality.

Auka: "Tickets to Phoenix for $46/49 for coach and first class was right around $52."

And for an industry that's reliant on customers traveling, the low fares meant it was time to make a few calls.

Auka: "When we saw it, we just kind of got all excited and started jumping on it and called friends and family and other clients we knew that would be interested."

And how can you not be interested with discounts like these? Auka says first-class round trips to Frisco to catch the Bison game were as low as $90.

Auka: "A lot of people are very fortunate to get the tickets that they did."

And what a deal it was, because usually, when you head in here, you're paying a whole lot more to fly the friendly skies.

Auka: "Today, for example, I was looking at flights to Orlando for someone in February and tickets were around $377. When I looked yesterday, I just peaked at Orlando just to see it was around 50 to 60 bucks a person… I mean huge savings."

So much so that even those who make a living getting tickets for others decided to click and buy for themselves.

Auka: "I was lucky enough I booked airline tickets for my husband and myself and we're going to Hawaii."

…For a fraction of the cost.

Auka: "The airline tickets for the two of us for first class ended up being a $177."

…Showing that the professionals know a deal when they see one.

Auka: "Even coach normally would cost $7-800; first class to Hawaii would probably be about $3,000."

Auka: "My trip to Hawaii is a dream come true."

Delta says that it is honoring all of the flights booked during the computer glitch.

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