United Airlines & Orbitz Suing Skiplagged for Hidden City Ticketing
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I wrote about hidden city ticketing where you save money buying a ticket to a different city with a connection in the city you want to fly to.
For example, say you want to fly from Des Moines to Dallas, but the ticket is very expensive. But you can fly from Des Moines to Los Angeles with a connection in Dallas for less.
So you can buy a ticket from Des Moines to Los Angeles and get off the plane in Dallas.
But the airlines have rules against this. And because Skiplagged is helping folks with hidden ticketing, Skiplagged is being sued.
Hidden City Ticketing Upsets Airlines
United Airlines and Orbitz are suing the owner of Skiplagged, a website that helps folks find cheap airline tickets by using hidden city ticketing.
If you have elite status or a lot of miles with an airline, it’s not a good idea to use hidden city ticketing. That’s because the airlines can take away your status and airline miles and close your frequent flyer account!
But for folks who don’t have status and mostly fly on award tickets with an occasional paid ticket, it could be worth the risk to save lots of money.
A 1-way ticket from Des Moines to Dallas on January 16, 2015, is $400.
But you could buy a 1-way ticket from Des Moines to Los Angeles with a connection in Dallas for $206.
So instead of getting on the connection to Los Angeles you’d get off in Dallas.
If you bought this ticket, you should NOT add your American Airlines frequent flyer number. Because it’s better to be satisfied with saving $194 while not calling attention to your frequent flyer account.
Bottom LineUnited Airlines and Orbitz are suing the owner of Skiplagged for helping folks use hidden city ticketing.
I explained how to use hidden city ticketing to save money on airfare and cautioned that there are risks.
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