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El Al Fare Glitch On N.Y. To Israel Flights Creates A Buying Frenzy

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An El Al airline glitch offered up tickets from New York to Israel for just $400, a hefty drop from the average $1,600 price.
An El Al airline glitch offered up tickets from New York to Israel for just $400, a hefty drop from the average $1,600 price.

NEW YORK — A three-hour glitch that drastically lowered round-trip airfare between New York and Israel on El Al Airlines created a run on tickets.

At least 5,000 tickets were purchased Monday after El Al posted fares for less than $400, down from an average of $1,600.

The New York Post ( ) says news of the bargain fare quickly spread through New York's Orthodox Jewish communities after an online bargain fare site sent out an alert. Many purchased tickets for members of their large families. http://nyp.st/NiuPsJ

El Al blames the glitch on a contractor responsible for posting fares. It says it will decide this week whether to honor the tickets.

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Information from: New York Post, http://www.nypost.com

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