British Airways to act tough on fliers travelling on hidden-city tickets

Published on : Wednesday, July 22, 2015

British AirwaysBritish Airways has taken the case of hidden-city or throwaway ticketing head on vowing to act tough in such cases. Fliers purchase tickets with plans to fly only a portion of an itinerary and this is referred to as hidden-city or throwaway ticketing. For many years, savvy flyers have been using this trick to save money.

 

 

British Airways joins United Airlines in this fight. Although hidden-city ticketing has been around for quite a long time, little was done besides canceling the rest of the itinerary when fliers didn’t show up. But now the consequences could be changing.

 

 

Recently United and Orbitz filed a lawsuit against Skiplagged.com, a website that gives fliers the chance to exploit hidden-city ticketing.

 

 

If British Airways does indeed come after fliers skirting the system and succeed, other airlines are likely to follow suit.

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6 Responses to British Airways to act tough on fliers travelling on hidden-city tickets

  1. Jason Massey says:

    And what exactly will the airlines do to the passenger who books a ticket? Exactly What? If they try to charge the credit card, the passenger can simply deny the charge. What will the airlines say ” we want to charge them for a flight they did not take” that would never hold up in court.

  2. Jennifer says:

    If a traveler books a roundtrip and for whatever reason doesn’t fly a portion of the itinerary no one but the traveler can be held to account. Does this mean the airlines are going to go after their own customers? The better staegy which many airlines have implemented is to have graduated oneway fares in all markets. Problem solved.

  3. sunita says:

    All airlines want to get tough on fliers when we try to find ways to save money.
    Do we just give the airlines what they want and abide by all their rule by paying high fares, paying for baggage, penalty fees to change, no water or even a pretzel/peanut packet in the flight without paying for it? It is the flier who has to pay for every new trick the airlines dream of. We book months and months ahead of time to get better seats, bu NO, airlines have blocked it for paying passengers and they have our money ahead of time. What do we get from them? Just from point A-B and that also in discomfort when it is a 4hours + flight.
    Airlines can dream and it becomes a rule and it is passed not keeping the paying public in mind.
    They make billions in baggage fees but is any body raising a finger at them? Have they lowered their fares? Fares keep going up and up and up and service goes South. They are money making machine.
    Which industry can say they made billions in first quarter?
    That is why I fly SW. But they will have to change eventually. Airline SUCKS!!!!!!!!!
    We need open sky to let forign airlines to fly in USA. Righnow it is a darn monopoly
    Thank you.

  4. mimi says:

    Dear Airlines,
    If you would post fare prices and stop the game of abusing your travel clients with ridiculous fares and rules, maybe your clients wouldn’t have to look for hidden cities.
    The airlines abuse their clients with constant changing of rules and fares. Travelers need to fly and book their tickets and they never know what the fare or rules are going to be at time of booking. They ask themselves, should I book now or wait, is the fare going to go up or down and finally, if I wait, will all the spaces be gone??? Stop the game , be fair to your clients, without them you have no airline or jobs!!!

  5. ines says:

    this is a one way street we are walking on, no penalties for the airlines when they misconnect, cancel flights, schedule change, while if we the consumer by whatever reason have to change or cancel a trip we get penalized with high penalties or no refunds.
    Is that acceptable?

  6. Michel Saelen says:

    Fly a Asian or Middle Eastern airline you don’t have this crap issues as by the European airlines out on top of that the service sucks and you pay more. Just saying

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