Have you ever heard about loopholes in airfare pricing? What does it mean? It´s finding flights the airlines are hiding from you!
First let´s understand what a loophole is, and according to Wikipedia it´s : an ambiguity or inadequacy in a system, which can be used to circumvent or otherwise avoid the purpose, implied or explicitly stated, of the system.
In other words, they´re tricks that are used by travelers in commercial aviation to lower the price of flying by circumventing airlines’ rules about how tickets may be used. They are generally a breach of the contract of carriage between the passenger and the airline! In other words. it´s revealing the secrets airlines are hiding from you !
Keep reading, you will be surprised with all these tricks:
Throwaway ticketing is purchasing a ticket with the intent to use only a portion of the included travel. This situation may arise when a passenger wants to travel only one way, but where the discounted round-trip excursion fare is cheaper than a one-way ticket. This can happen on mainline carriers where all one-way tickets are full price.
For instance, a passenger only intending to fly from Manchester to Paris in France ( there´s also a Paris in China) may find the one-way ticket costs $500, but that the round-trip fare is $300. The passenger, therefore, purchases the round trip boards the flight to Paris, but stays there and “throws away” the second half of the ticket by not showing up for the return flight.
This can be done when you find, on a different website, a better price. Also if you don’t know yet when you will return, or maybe your nice uncle will pay for your return ticket, or coming back a different way, or going somewhere else !
Hidden city ticketing The passenger books a ticket to a fictitious destination (the “hidden” city) with a connection at the intended destination, walks away at the connection node and discards the remaining segment. Flight fares are subject to market forces, and therefore do not necessarily correlate to the distance flown.
As a result, a flight between point A to point C, with a connection node at point B, might be cheaper than a flight between point A and point B. It is then possible to purchase a flight ticket from point A to point C, disembark at the connection node (B), and discard the remaining segment (B to C). The only problem is that you can only take hand luggage.
And because I know you are enjoying reading this article as much as I am writing it, I’m going to give you some more tricks, that don’t even have a proper name, but they are very effective :
Changing your location on the booking site, is a great way of saving a lot of money. For example, if you’re in England booking a flight from Paris to Buenos Aires in Argentina, it’s cheaper if the system thinks you live in Paris. How come?
If you are in England booking this flight you will probably be on subdomain such as www.aerolineas.com.ar/en-en but you need to be in this one https://www.aerolineas.com.ar/fr-fr , pretending that you are in France
Normally airlines ask you for your residence country right at the beginning or you can change the little flag in the corner or the bottom. By doing this, the airline continues to register the customer as a local instead of a tourist.
This is pretty awesome, right? But is this legal? You might be surprised with the answer!
Meet Aktarer Zaman, now 23 years old, he didn’t back down when United Airlines and Orbitz sued him a little over a year ago for opening a website called Skiplagged.com to help travelers find cheap plane tickets. They called the start up website “unfair competition” that promoted “strictly prohibited” travel. They filed a federal lawsuit and demanded Zaman pay them $75,000 in lost revenue.
Zaman who started Skiplagged.com while working at a tech startup asked for $10,000 on a crowdfounding campain to help pay for legal fees and lawyers. Campaigners gave him $81,000. In the end, Chicago judge John Robert Blakey said the court didn’t have jurisdiction over the case because Zaman didn’t live or do business in that city.
The dismissal “is definitely a victory. It is pretty amazing…the court just shut them off.” Zaman reported.
In the meanwhile Skiplagged.com keeps helping travelers to find unique flight and hotel rates saving hundreds of dollars compared to Expedia or Kayak or Skyscanner!
Airlines hate hidden cheap fares, airlines hate low fares, airlines hate you, they just want your money, so if you can save some money with this or other techniques, just do it ! I will keep revealing the secrets of low airline fares very soon! Don´t thank me for this tip, JUST USE IT