An airline mistake led online travel agencies to accidentally post a Toronto to Cyprus flight for less than $40 US, giving some Canadian travellers a lesson in Internet shopping.

Italian airline Alitalia accidentally listed the business-class flight at $39 US on a central reservation system which feeds flight information to online booking agencies, said Brian Hoyt, director of public relations for Chicago-based Orbitz. Orbitz is the third-largest online travel agency based on gross bookings.

"We're in a global world of e-commerce where we're working on virtual platforms, and there have been infrequent occasions when incorrect pricing appears online," Hoyt said.

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