German airline Lufthansa is to hold the first UK auction of plane tickets on the Internet at the end of August.
Internet users will be able to place their bids, starting at #5, electronically and in real time, for a total of 40 pairs of airline tickets to destinations including Asia, the Mediterranean, and eastern Europe.
The auctions are being held on 28 and 31 August and anyone tempted can register at www.lufthansa.co.uk.
A number of US airlines have already conducted Internet auctions with some success. However the German airline said this was not a pilot for a full service but was being used as a promotional tool for other Internet activities.
"The auction is to promote our revamped Internet site, including flight booking for [frequent flyer] scheme members, but we may hold another one at some point if this is successful," said a spokesperson.
Although the auction requires users to enter credit card numbers, all bids will be confirmed afterwards by telephone and email. BTnet is the Internet service provider hosting the auction at its London offices where a live auctioneer will collect the bids over a 2Mbps link to the Internet.
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