If a deal looks too good to be true it probably is. But if it's cheap on the Internet, it's worth a try.

An error in a hotel booking system led to some 1,400 nights being booked for a weekend near Venice for 1 cent, according to a Reuters story.

The rooms at the four-star Crowne Plaza Quarto D'Altino normally cost 150 euros, or $214, a night.

The deal was quickly removed from the Intercontinental Hotels Group Web site, but not before some 1,400 nights had been booked in just a few hours.


It's unknown if the hotel planned to honor the bookings, but the people who jumped at the offer will probably do all they can to make their case that they should at least get some type of discount.

Often, however, such mistakes aren't honored because warnings written on the business website detail that such errors won't be enforced.

Best Buy, for example, recently offered a $1,699.99 flat screen TV for $9.99. People who thought they bought the online deal were disappointed when Best Buy told them it wouldn't honor the incredibly low price.

But still, if some company offers a two-day hotel stay for a cent, then it's worth taking the chance on and seeing if the deal is real or honored. Just don't buy airline tickets until you're sure.

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