Flight skiplagging saves money. Airlines hate it.

After the epidemic, people are traveling all around, but it's expensive, so some are contemplating "skiplagging."

Skiplagging, also known as "hidden city" or "throwaway" tickets, involves arranging a trip with a stopover in the target city and then skipping the second leg.

Google Flights listed a late June KLM roundtrip from New York to Amsterdam for $2,850.

Google Flight's roundtrip price dropped to $2,150 by changing the outgoing route to London from Amsterdam.

Since the return trip from Amsterdam is nonstop, one might remain in the Netherlands and forgo the London leg.

If it's cheaper, passengers may book the return leg separately or attempt to catch the planned return from the original itinerary's destination.

The flight-booking service Skiplagged.com notifies passengers to these bargains depending on their airport and destination.

One-way tickets are more costly than roundtrip skiplagged airline tickets.

Airlines loathe this post-pandemic technique, which may appear harmless.

In a January 2021 message to staff, American Airlines announced a crackdown on skiplag reservations and new technologies to alert agents.

Since airlines have introduced explicit provisions against skiplagging to their contracts of carriage, passengers are at risk.

Airlines might penalise customers by canceling their return flight, removing loyalty points and elite status, or barring them from booking with them again.


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