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I just booked my round trip to India from USA with one of the travel agents. Here is my trip

Outbound - Newark - > Delhi - > Hyderabad

Inbound - Hyderabad - > Delhi -> Newark

But I see in the itinerary there is another flight from Newark to Huston (after reaching Newark). I said I don't want that flight since my destination is Newark. But what they said is it is complimentary. I am confused, but after booking with them one of my friends told me there is a possibility your check-in luggage may go to Huston. My port of entry is Newark and I think I can collect baggage there and come out from the airport.

But wanted to check with you guys, is there any problem with the complimentary flight (not sure why this flight)? Can I get my check-in baggage and come out of the airport in Newark?

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    Not likely since you will need to go through customs – Karlson Jun 20 '15 at 3:19
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It sounds like your travel agent is using hidden city ticketing.

It is true that you will claim your checked luggage at Newark to go through customs, and there won't be anything to stop you from just leaving the airport after that.

However, the airline's contract of carriage says you are not supposed to do this. See Is leaving airport at a stop before the final destination illegal? and Do you have to take the second leg of a domestic flight? The contract gives them the right to take various actions if they catch you using hidden-city ticketing, including cancelling the rest of your itinerary (not really applicable here since this is the end of your journey), denying frequent flier miles, or charging you for the difference between what you paid and what the itinerary you actually flew would normally cost. It's probably unlikely that they would actually do the latter, but it's hard to be sure.

I would suggest you ask your travel agent about this. Find out how much you are actually saving with this trick, and assess for yourself whether it is worth the risks. I don't think they should have made an itinerary like this for you without your permission, and if you are not comfortable with it, I think they ought to change it for you. If there is a change fee (in addition to the difference in fare), I think it would be appropriate to ask the travel agent to pay it themselves. Of course, I don't know if you will be able to get them to agree to that.

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    1) Ha .. Thanks for letting me know about "Hidden City ticketing " . This is the first time I heard about this 2) I just spoke to my travel agent and asked them to send me the confirmation and they said "United Airlines " allows this and going to send confirmation on it 3) I am traveling from USA to India and India to USA . So there will not be any trip after Newark . But I see this is unethical . I should have known this before booking . Unfortunately then generated the e-ticket and not sure it can be changed now . – bujji2 Jun 20 '15 at 3:31
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    As the OP just confirmed, there is no return flight to India. Would make sense to edit your answer accordingly. – Relaxed Jun 20 '15 at 7:32
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    Note that hidden-city ticketing is not illegal and there really isn't much the airline can do stop it. – JonathanReez Jun 20 '15 at 9:03
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    @JonathanReez I am not so sure about that: you are entering into a contract you intend to break, in order to obtain a lower price than the other party intends to offer. I think that could be construed as fraud by misrepresentation. However I agree that in practise no one will do anything about it. – Calchas Jun 20 '15 at 10:11
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    @JonathanReez Still no. "Illegal" means it violates the law, yes. The law prohibits breach of contract; it is accepted in common-law systems as a valid cause of action, and in civil-law systems it's codified that contracts create legal obligations. It is illegal to breach a contract, because it involves violating a legal obligation and makes you liable for damages in a court of law. – cpast Jun 20 '15 at 18:08
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You will need to collect your baggage when you arrive in Newark for customs purposes anyway, so you may end your journey there.

  • Thank You Calchas . I was worrying about it , but now I can enjoy my trip . Sorry I don't have reputation to up vote you . – bujji2 Jun 20 '15 at 10:09

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