Hidden City Ticketting

I knew that Airline pricing was pretty crazy, but I didn’t realize it was this crazy:

Passengers flying to or from airports that are dominated by a single carrier — like Memphis, Newark or Dallas/Fort Worth — pay fares 20 or 30 percent higher than at non-hub airports. The prices are even more inflated when you’re flying from a smaller city with a limited number of flights. A nonstop one-way ticket from Des Moines to Dallas/Fort Worth is $375 onAmerican Airlines, for example — more than the $335 Delta will charge you to fly from Miami to Anchorage.

But what happens when you’re interested in flying American from Des Moines to Los Angeles, which hosts a more competitive airport? That flight is only about half the price ($186), despite its being more than double the distance. Now, here’s the trick: American flights from Des Moines to L.A. have a layover in Dallas. If you want to travel to Dallas, the best way to get a reasonable fare is to book the flight to Los Angeles instead, and simply get off the plane at Dallas.

There is an article on NY Times with a great graphic showing route comparisons. I wonder if this becomes enough of a thing, how the airlines will react.


One thought on “Hidden City Ticketting”

  1. How’s this for crazy airline pricing? Continental Airlines is paying my wife and me to fly across the continent. A few weeks ago, I was trying to arrange flights from New York to San Francisco, then the next week to Seattle, then the next week back to New York. By mistake, I forgot to put in the last leg of the trip, but I caught my mistake before committing. After correcting the mistake — adding in the Seattle to New York leg — the total cost was about $30 less per ticket than before. So Continental is effectively paying us $30 each to fly from Seattle to New York.


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