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Tuesday Night Owls - 2 April 2019 - The travel trick that airlines hate

NatashaTNatashaT Posts: 1,045 Teacher
We read an article about a travel trick that airlines hate called 'skiplagging':


Vocabulary Top 10:

layover - a period of time when you are not traveling in the middle of a journey

savvy - having practical understanding or knowledge of something

hack - a strategy or technique for managing one's time or activities more efficiently

leg - a part of a journey or race

stem the tide - to stop the progress or spread of (something)

buffeted - to hit (something) with great force many times

monopoly - complete control of the entire supply of goods or of a service in a certain area or market

lopsided - having one side that is lower or smaller than the other; uneven or unequal

cull - to select or choose (someone or something) from a group

escort - to go with (someone or something) to give protection or guidance

Have you every skiplagged?
What other travel tricks do you know about or use?

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  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 10,821 mod
    Never heard over skiplagged until now.
    I even pronounced that word wrongly: ski - plagged in state of skip - lagged :D .

    I wonder, who has found out this skiplagging trick.
    It had to be a whistleblower there in the airlines company who revealed the fact that the price of an A to B to C destination's ticket is sometimes cheaper than the price of an A to B direct flight's ticket!
    Thanks to the internet and the Skiplagged website, more passangers could make profit of this weird system.
    I just don't understand that some airlines companies are upset that this system which they have created themself now works as a boomerang for them!
    The only person who allowed to be upset is the passenger who is not able to fly from A to C via B because the tickets are sold out due to a lot of skiplagging passengers for destination B, the hidden-city. :o

  • elhattabfethielhattabfethi Posts: 53 ✭✭
    In this comment just I Will describe what I had understood in the session of last night.
    We speak about a illegal acts that can do a passenger to travel from city A to city B with a shipper flyt ticket.
    the article described skiplagging trick.
    We discussed how the airline company can stop passenger to do this trick.
    I think that's right.
    Thank you for your comments.
  • filauziofilauzio Genoa ( Italy )Posts: 1,918 ✭✭✭✭✭
    It's really difficult to me to understand the logic behind airlines' tickets' fare policy, unless boiling it all down to the competitiveness among carriers.

    In such respect, the abyssal difference in prices for the same destination can make sense somewhat.

    As the article explained, a longer flight to the same destination could cost less than the shorter one, say the bee-line flight: you could think it's a crazy strategy, quite likely to bring the company to go bankrupt.

    But that's's not the case; it is just a well pondered industrial strategy, where many factors get involved: competitiveness, business/leisure flight, maybe also the rental cost of the airports where the aircrafts land during layover and so on.

    They just lower prices on the routes where low-cost airlines could aggressively cut down fares so increasing their market share; then, they compensate the loss by charging an extra amount on routes where they hold firm grasp on their unthreatened monopoly.

    They are fighting teeth and nails not to lose their ground in this fierce competition against low-cost companies which can charge you very little if you are not a too demanding flier.

    Therefore, comes to no surprise that they are making what appears like a fuss, to the outsiders, over the skiplagging trick, as though just missing a leg corresponded to its literal meaning: get a limb amputated.

    Indeed, profits speaking it could be, according to the company's point of view.

    However, companies aren't entirely innocent, when it comes to clever tricks not to leave any fuselage's seats vacant:

    they used to indulge in overbooking, which means selling more tickets than the number of seats available on the aircraft; this way, they could always make up for the case when someone didn't show up as expected at the check-in counter.

    I fell once victim of such unfair practice, but admit I were promptly refunded the entire round trip ticket and arranged to board a successive plane due to take off no later than two hours or so.

    Since I were on holidays I could comfortably bear such short delay, not to mention the fact I ended up having flown completely free thanks to the full round trip ticket compensation.

    So maybe, in a way, hidden-city ticketing can be a countermeasure against overbooking.

    I read that some airlines, especially the international ones which operate long-haul flights, encourage layover stay, though giving for granted you won't skip further connection.

    When the layover happens in the city where the airline is based, they offer a free stay or a much discounted one.

    The usual freebie package can include: one night stay at a centrally located hotel, return trip on a company's bus from airport to the hotel, breakfast and sometimes, depending on the duration of time you have to spend before connection, even discounted access to a series of tourist attractions all over the city.

    In one case I read that they offered up to 5 days stay in a city, at discounted price.

    They entice fliers with such alluring offers because they want to boost the economy of the place where they are based; they can obtain such advantageous fares for their customers, due to their power of negotiation with local businesses, such as hotels.

    Perhaps exploiting such opportunity of a little holiday at discount within our main holiday could result a more wise way to tilt the overwhelming lobsided ticketing power of airlines than skiplagging: unless you are a die-hard system rebel obviously.
    glad to stop strict diet, splashed in belly flop? Don't care you're not light, here on English hop !
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