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Booking Error Results in Venice Getaway Deal for One Cent

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  Site Where: Viale Della Resistenza 18/20 , Quarto D'Altino, Italy
August 17, 2009 at 2:09 PM | by | ()

There's nothing we love more than a good booking mistake—when it falls in our favor, of course. Lucky travelers and locals who caught Italy's Crowne Plaza Quarto D'Altino's major, accidental price cut scored a weekend at the four-star resort for a mere one cent. Rooms at the hotel normally run for up to $214 per night, and its location is an accessible 20-minute train ride away from Venice.

The faux-pas was fairly massive for the hotel. Reuters offers a rundown of reports on the incident: "In just a few hours, some 1,400 nights had been booked under the tariff, costing an estimated 90,000 euros for the hotel, part of the Intercontinental Hotels Group, the world's largest chain, media reported." That's a recession-era deal if ever we've seen one.

Have you ever taken advantage of a wayward travel deal like this one? Know of any crazy discounts you'd like to share? Comment below and let us know!

Archived Comments:


That news spread like wild fire. I would have taken it. I once heard about a flaw on LAN airline's website, which would get you from JFK to Tel Aviv on a partner airline for about $600 roundtrip, all-in, and I got through to the credit card information page before talking myself out of such a whim.