An influencer took advantage of an agency’s mistake and bought tickets to go to the World Cup for 150 pesos

spanish travel agency eDreams had a failure on its website and was offering tickets at unusual prices. the flights to the United States, Europe and Qatar did not exceed $200. The mistake was taken advantage of by dozens of Argentines, who since Monday have hoped to keep this award.

Through social networks, people spread the word and after a few minutes the page appeared down. Until now there was no official communication of the company which is characterized by offers, and which already offers flights at normal prices (for example, from Buenos Aires to Madrid for 2,398.18 euros).

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One of the lucky ones was the Argentinian influencer Martin “Chapu” Martinez. The “Chapu”, known for his chant of “bring me the cup, Messi”, bought four round-trip tickets to Qatar for just $150 (less than $40 per ticket) and can’t wait to go to the 2022 World Cup.

“We have received the confirmation of the reservation from the company, the confirmation from the airline, the boarding pass and we have the bank debited at home »he said in an interview with C5N. However, he revealed that a few hours later he received an email from the company telling him that the reservation was cancelled.

His situation is that of many other Argentines who have also taken flights to different countries in Europe and the United States. While some confirmed the reservation, Those who canceled it announced that they would organize themselves to carry out the legal procedures in the event that the company does not want to take charge of the trip.

What can happen to users who bought tickets for less than 100 pesos

“Offer published, offer respected” is the motto defended by users who have purchased trips at unusual prices. However, experts say that the company can allege that the error is notorious and thus cancel the trips.

The story of the Argentinian influencer "Chapu" Martinez, who bought tickets to Qatar for $150.  (Picture: Twitter grab).
The story of Argentinian influencer “Chapu” Martínez, who bought tickets to Qatar for $150. (Picture: Twitter grab).

In 2018, the American airline United Airlines put tickets on sale at unusual prices. Shortly after many gained access to these tickets to Australia, the company announced the cancellation of all reservations made.

“Due to an error, we briefly offered the wrong fare for flights from Santiago to Sydney. The bug was quickly identified and corrected. We apologize. We have canceled all bookings made under these erroneous fares and We will provide a full refund to all customers. We are working to prevent this from happening again,” the company said in a statement.

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However, in 2021, the Federal Civil and Commercial Chamber condemned the airline United Airlines a compensate a consumers for having canceled the tickets corresponding to three international flights which he mistakenly offered at less than 1% of their real value.

The measure ordered United Airlines to Pay to three Argentinian passengers -who filed a complaint- an amount equivalent to the money needed to buy new similar tickets in terms of time of year, class and section for the route between Santiago de Chile and Sydney, Australia.

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