United Airlines sues 22-year-old who found method for buying cheaper tickets

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A younger laptop whiz from New York City has launched a web site to assist individuals purchase low cost aircraft tickets. But an airline firm and its journey accomplice wish to shut him down.

United Airlines and Orbitz filed a civil lawsuit final month towards 22-year-old Aktarer Zaman, who based the web site Skiplagged.com final 12 months.

The web site helps vacationers discover low cost flights through the use of a method known as “hidden city” ticketing.

The concept is that you just purchase an airline ticket that has a layover at your precise vacation spot. Say you wish to fly from New York to San Francisco — you truly e book a flight from New York to Lake Tahoe with a layover in San Francisco and get off there, with out bothering to take the final leg of the flight.

This journey technique solely works when you e book a one-way flight with no checked luggage (they might have landed in Lake Tahoe). It’s not like these tickets are the most affordable on a regular basis, however they usually are.

In the lawsuit, United and Orbitz name Skiplagged “unfair competition” and allege that it’s selling “strictly prohibited” journey. They wish to recoup $75,000 in misplaced income from Zaman.

Zaman stated he knew a lawsuit was inevitable however he factors out that there’s nothing unlawful about his site.

He additionally stated he has made no revenue by way of the web site and that each one he’s completed is assist vacationers get the very best costs by exposing an “inefficiency,” in airline costs that insiders have identified about for a long time.

“[Hidden city ticketing] have been around for a while, it just hasn’t been very accessible to consumers,” Zaman advised CNNMoney.

Indeed, “hidden city,” ticketing isn’t any secret amongst frequent fliers, stated Michael Boyd, President of Boyd Group International, an aviation consulting agency in Evergreen, Co. Boyd labored as an American Airline ticket agent 30 years in the past, and says he was skilled on the airline to assist prospects discover “hidden city” fares.

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