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UNITED DECIDES TO HONOR NEAR-FREE INTERNET TICKETS

Fantasy fares of as little as $25 round-trip to Europe turned out to be a dream come true, after all, for dozens of customers of United Airlines.

Reversing course, United said Monday it would honor the 143 tickets sold on its Web site during a 55-minute period Jan. 31 when flights for international destinations were offered for next to nothing.

The world's largest carrier blamed a computer error and said last week that anyone who spotted the near-giveaway fares at www.ual.com should have known that the prices -- $24.98 for San Francisco to Paris, for example, with similar deals for flights to Hong Kong and other cities -- were too good to be true.

United spokesman Chris Brathwaite said Monday that while the airline thought it was on solid legal ground with its cancellations, "We've chosen not to make this issue a point of dissatisfaction with our customers."

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