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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.
-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!!!
-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!!!
“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!
Fares obtained from airtran.com and continental.com at 1AM on 10/20.
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