Hidden-City Ticketing…Why LCC’s Rock The House!

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Ahh…The oldest trick in the book: Hidden-city ticketing.
What is it?
Airlines routinely charge a premium for a non-stop flight to their hub. However if you go to another city via the hub it can be much cheaper.

Examples:
1.
-A one-way ticket on October 28 on Continental airlines flight 334 at 12:30AM from LAX non-stop to its’ fortress hub in CLE will set you back $329.
-A one-way ticket on October 28 on Continental airlines flight 334 at 12:30AM from LAX non-stop into CLE and connecting to Continental airlines flight 8757 from CLE to PIT is only $119!!!

2.
-A one-way ticket on October 28 on Airtran flight 475 at 11:43AM from BWI non-stop to its’ hub in ATL will cost you $154
-A one-way ticket on October 28 on Airtran flight 475 at 11:43AM from BWI non-stop to ATL and connecting to Airtran flight 144 from ATL-DTW is only $59!!!

The difference?
“Hidden-City Ticketing” is against the terms and conditions of every major airline, but lucky for you the LCC’s all allow it!

Now if you have no luggage there’s not much that Continental can do to you if you get off in CLE, but if you do have luggage it’s going to PIT…
However if you have a return ticket and you skip the CLE-PIT segment the rest of your ticket is automatically forfeited to Continental’s bean counters…

Lucky for you Airtran will actually let you buy that ticket from BWI to DTW and get off in ATL.
Have luggage? When checking in just tell the Airtran Agent that you are getting off at ATL, and they will route your bags to ATL for you!

Airport Codes:
LAX-Los Angeles
CLE-Cleveland
PIT-Pittsburgh
BWI-Baltimore
ATL-Atlanta
DTW-Detroit
Fares obtained from airtran.com and continental.com at 1AM on 10/20.
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museumfreak

If I buy a ticket from, say, Memphis -> ATL -> PHI, and I only need to go ATL -> PHI, can I do that on AirTran? I know it works the other way around, but can I take the second leg without taking the first?

Simintov

What is an LLC?

DY

Hmmm. Very interesting. They would not bill you extra for using it as a direct? Have you pulled this off before?

DY

Oh, and how do you search for those? Manually trying different city’s?

Anonymous

do you know of any cheap, cheap flights going to israel and back from the dates jan 17 or 18 until the 28th?????????

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