Qantas Cuts AUS $4000 from Mac Pro Price by Mistake

12th Apr 2017

It was too good to be true. For a brief moment, but enough for a few sites to pick it up, Australian Qantas offered Mac Pro computers on a ridiculous sale. When we say "ridiculous", we mean it was AUS$4,000 lower than its usual retail price.

Normally, a Mac Pro in Australia costs AUS$4,899 at base price, but Qantas sold it for only AUS$520.53 and 5,000 frequent points with it. This means that, even with the highest worth for Qantas frequent flyer points (six cents, according to the Australian Business Traveller); the airline was selling Mac Pros at just around AUS$820.

Of course, this turned out to be a mistake and the airline wound back on the deal.

In an apology to those that already bought the computer, Qantas said:

"Unfortunately, we will not be able to process your recent redemption at the Qantas Store of the Mac Pro 3.5GHZ 6-Core Processor due to a pricing error. Your order below will be cancelled and refunded in full. We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused and as a gesture of goodwill we will be:

?Crediting your Qantas Frequent Flyer account with 2,000 Qantas Points

? Offering you a 20% off promotional code should you wish to purchase the Mac Pro 3.5GHZ 6-Core Processor. Simply enter MACPRO at checkout and you'll receive 20% off the full pints required for this product. The code expires at midnight 30 April 2017 and can only be used by you for one order."

Qantas No Longer Selling Tickets in Zimbabwe

Meanwhile, Qantas has stopped selling tickets in Zimbabwe due to cash shortage. The carrier instructed travel agents in this country to stop selling tickets after IATA warned it's getting more difficult to move money out of Zimbabwe.

According to a circular by Qantas Regional Manager for Africa Michi Messner, the Australian airline is owed a "substantial amount" by Bank Settlement Plan Zimbabwe, system that IATA uses to transfer local ticket revenue to carriers.

Messner said:

"We've been advised by IATA that the situation with the repatriation of funds out of Zimbabwe is worsening."