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South African budget airline Fly Safair today flipped the switch on its near-annual R5 flight sale. The company’s letting 45 000 tickets go for the price of a single block of bubblegum.
But that would be far too simple. Oh no. As per South African website tradition, the company has had issues with its servers due to the high volumes of traffic, and people are pissed.
It tweeted on Tuesday morning, just eight minutes after the flash sale went live, that its servers were under strain.
“While there are over 25 000 people in the waiting room, we are experiencing an issue with one of our servers,” it wrote.
“Unlucky customers who hit the wrong server are getting an error. To keep this fair we’re going to pause the sale until that server is sorted so everyone gets a fair shot.”
While there are over 25 000 people in the waiting room, we are experiencing an issue with one of our servers. Unlucky customers who hit the wrong server are getting an error. To keep this fair we’re going to pause the sale until that server is sorted so everyone gets a fair shot. pic.twitter.com/y5OFCnNUkb
— FlySafair (@FlySafair) May 7, 2019
That said, it does seem that potential winners will do anything to get their hands on cheap tickets. Posting their pictures to Twitter, users can be seen with about as many browser tabs open as the number of tickets available.
Others are using multiple devices, multiple screens, and multiple people to earn those air miles.
— Simphiwe Ntshingila (@djshluthu99) May 7, 2019
— Moraswi (@alfred_mgp) May 7, 2019
— KING MAKER (@kehdinga) May 7, 2019
— Mickey00027 (@Mickey00027) May 7, 2019
— African excellence (@christellemapox) May 7, 2019
— Dako (@dako_mo) May 7, 2019
The more tabs, the more chances, right?
While this strategy seems to be popular, it doesn’t help much as a slew of users are reporting lengthy waiting times, site freezes, and 504 errors.
The sale continues at the time of writing.
Feature image: Fly Safair