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    Call it an airplane pricing hack or loophole, whatever it is, the “hidden cities” method—also known as “point beyond ticketing”—has actually been around for years, although it took Skiplagged to make it more apparent. Finding these has always been difficult before Skiplagged because you'd have to guess the final destination when searching on any other site.

    Why It's Sometimes Cheaper to Fly with a Fake Layover

    Booking a flight has never been easier, thanks to the internet. But understanding why tickets cost what they do remains something of a mystery to most travelers. That disparity has come into sharp focus lately thanks to the case of Skipla​gged, a tiny airfare listings website that was sued late​ last year by giants United and Orbitz for showing the situations where it’s actually cheaper to book longer flights than necessary, flights that go through your destination and beyond it to a final stop. This counterintuitive method of saving money, known as “hidden cities,” requires that you hop off the plane at a layover (which is where you actually want to go), even though your ticket is for the final stop.

    In their la​wsuit, United and Orbitz accuse Skiplagged’s creator, 22-year-old programmer Aktarer Zaman, of “intentionally and maliciously” interfering with their businesses by showing these results, which are scraped from airline reservation systems, but which airlines don’t present to travelers as viable routes. The companies are seeking over $225,000 in damages and to have the results removed from Skiplagged. Zaman is cro​wdfunding his own legal defense and raised nearly $60,000 so far. He’s said on Re​ddit and elsewhere that “what Skiplagged does is definitely not illegal.”

    On that point, he wins agreement from some critics. “Although the issuance and usage of hidden city tickets is not illegal in the sense that one could be fined or sent to jail by the government, it is unethical and a breach of a passenger's contract,” writes American ​Airlines (which isn’t taking action against Skiplagged directly — yet).

    Still, most airlines believe it shouldn’t be allowed because it creates safety and logistical problems, as they may hold back planes while trying to find a passenger who never intended to fly, and need to search checked luggage left by a non-continuing passenger. For travelers, the method requires that you don’t check any luggage, otherwise it would end up at the extraneous final destination.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zengrifter View Post
    Call it an airplane pricing hack or loophole, whatever it is, the “hidden cities” method—also known as “point beyond ticketing”—has actually been around for years, although it took Skiplagged to make it more apparent. Finding these has always been difficult before Skiplagged because you'd have to guess the final destination when searching on any other site.

    Why It's Sometimes Cheaper to Fly with a Fake Layover

    Booking a flight has never been easier, thanks to the internet. But understanding why tickets cost what they do remains something of a mystery to most travelers. That disparity has come into sharp focus lately thanks to the case of Skipla​gged, a tiny airfare listings website that was sued late​ last year by giants United and Orbitz for showing the situations where it’s actually cheaper to book longer flights than necessary, flights that go through your destination and beyond it to a final stop. This counterintuitive method of saving money, known as “hidden cities,” requires that you hop off the plane at a layover (which is where you actually want to go), even though your ticket is for the final stop.

    In their la​wsuit, United and Orbitz accuse Skiplagged’s creator, 22-year-old programmer Aktarer Zaman, of “intentionally and maliciously” interfering with their businesses by showing these results, which are scraped from airline reservation systems, but which airlines don’t present to travelers as viable routes. The companies are seeking over $225,000 in damages and to have the results removed from Skiplagged. Zaman is cro​wdfunding his own legal defense and raised nearly $60,000 so far. He’s said on Re​ddit and elsewhere that “what Skiplagged does is definitely not illegal.”

    On that point, he wins agreement from some critics. “Although the issuance and usage of hidden city tickets is not illegal in the sense that one could be fined or sent to jail by the government, it is unethical and a breach of a passenger's contract,” writes American ​Airlines (which isn’t taking action against Skiplagged directly — yet).

    Still, most airlines believe it shouldn’t be allowed because it creates safety and logistical problems, as they may hold back planes while trying to find a passenger who never intended to fly, and need to search checked luggage left by a non-continuing passenger. For travelers, the method requires that you don’t check any luggage, otherwise it would end up at the extraneous final destination.

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    http://motherboard.vice.com/read/why...a-fake-layover
    A reasonable way to do it is as you are getting off, tell them you are feeling sick and don't think it would be safe for you to fly anymore today.

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