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The Skiplagged website works by looking for longer flights that include a stop in a big city en route to another destination. One example might be flying from New York to Lake Tahoe that has a stopover in San Francisco.
If someone wanted to travel to San Francisco they might spend less on the fare by booking the stopover flight and not travelling to Tahoe than they would simply booking a flight to San Francisco from New York. In some cases, the site suggests, travellers can save 40% or more on ticket fares.
The trick only works with one-way flights. Travellers cannot check in any luggage as that would then travel on to the flight's final destination.
Twenty-two-year-old developer Aktarer Zaman, who created the site, told CNNMoney that he had made no profit from Skiplagged. He declined to comment specifically on the case to CNN.
Mr Zaman has launched a fundraising campaign to gather cash to fight the legal battle against United and Orbitz. So far he has raised $10,538 (£6,776) of the $15,000 needed.
In its legal filing, United and Orbitz said the site was "intentionally and maliciously" interfering with the travel firms' business and was making it breach its contracts with its partners.
The documents added that "logistical and public safety concerns" meant using "hidden city" tickets was prohibited and, as a result, using Skiplagged broke these rules.
The two firms are seeking damages of at least $75,000 in revenue they claim they have lost as a result of Skiplagged operating.
Skiplagged's sole purpose has always been to help you become savvy travelers. We have been doing that by exposing pricing inefficiencies for air travel, among other things. Unfortunately, we have been doing too good of a job so United Airlines and Orbitz recently teamed up with a lawsuit to get in the way. Everything Skiplagged has done and continues to do is legal, but the only way to effectively prove this is with lawyers. Please show your support for Skiplagged by donating towards this campaign to help fund our legal team.
to claim that "the entrepreneur’s “unfair” website promotes “strictly prohibited” travel" raises many interesting questions... what can it mean by "UNFAIR"... what is "STRICTLY PROHIBITED TRAVEL"... prohibited by whom ???
Man sued for sharing cheap flight loophole
United Airlines is taking legal action against a 22-year-old traveller who uncovered a novel way to find cheaper flights and shared it online
By Oliver Smith
Aktarer Zaman founded the website Skiplagged.com in 2013. It helps travellers book flights using what it calls “hidden city ticketing”. The idea is that travellers wanting to fly from Dallas to Los Angeles, for example, are instructed to book a flight to an alternative destination, say San Francisco, with a stopover in Los Angeles. They then don’t bother to take the last leg of their journey.
While it is not always the cheapest way to travel, Mr Zaman discovered that in many instances, it is. Airlines will often offer cut-price fares to attract fliers to regional airports – but they sometimes route these flights through major hubs.
The strategy only works for those booking a one-way flight and travelling with carry-on luggage (hold luggage will automatically be sent to the final destination on the ticket).
But United, and the US-based flight booking website Orbitz, have claimed the entrepreneur’s “unfair” website promotes “strictly prohibited” travel – and is seeking $75,000 in compensation for loss of revenue.
Mr Zaman, a New York resident, insists that he has broken no law and is simply exposing an “inefficiency” in airline prices that has been common knowledge among aviation insiders for years.
"[Hidden city ticketing] has been around for a while, it just hasn't been very accessible to consumers," Mr Zaman told CNN.
Nick Trend, Telegraph Travel's consumer editor, said that such ticketing anomalies can also be found in Europe.
"Despite the simpler ticketing arrangements introduced by no-frills airlines, there are plenty of cases where savings can be made by being creative - especially from airlines which structure their tickets in a more traditional way.
"For example, if you are looking for a cheap single fare on some routes, it can can still be more cost effective to buy a return and not use the second leg. Clever routing can also make you savings on some UK rail fares."