Skiplagged's website makes it seem like no big deal (i.e. just bring your passport and get off where you want). And of course you need to get a visa if either, or both, your final destination and "layover destination" require it.

But is it really that simple? Like domestic skiplagged?

I.E. If I want to go to Seoul and there is a cheap ticket that layovers in Seoul but final destination is actually Taiwan. Neither requires a visa so I would just get off in Seoul?

Has anyone actually done this? What was your experience?


DUPLICATE FLAG: I went to the link for the "duplicate"question, it doesn't really answer what I am looking for. That one is about hidden city travel and other airlines knowing; even if they did, which I'm sure they don't, I don't see why they'd care about what you did on another airline.

  • @Kuba: Not clear to me that it's a duplicate -- the question you link to seems to be specifically about hidden-city ticketing on a round trip booking with two different carriers, which seems to be a rather more special case than this question. – hmakholm left over Monica May 8 '17 at 16:42
  • @HenningMakholm While the question may be not exactly the same, I think the answer there should answer this question beautifully (explaining concerns about visas, baggage etc). Let OP / someone else confirm as I might be wrong – Kuba May 8 '17 at 16:47
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    What is skiplagged? – JoErNanO May 9 '17 at 5:54
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    "Skiplagged's website makes it seem like no big deal" Makes what seem like no big deal? – David Richerby May 9 '17 at 10:13
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    @physlexic And where does your question say that? – David Richerby May 9 '17 at 15:36

It really depends on where you are going and your ticket.

If it is round trip, then all remaining legs will be canceled when you no show for the second flight. Also no showing could inconvenience your fellow passengers if the airline delays the flight trying to find you (since they know you made it to Seoul).

Airlines provide API (Advance Passenger Information) to the governments of some countries and immigration officials have that data. If your layover is in an API country and Immigration doesn't show you as an arriving passenger, your time at the Immigration counter could take a while.

For domestic flights, no showing is not a big deal unless you do it regularly. But for international flights, the airline has more liability, since they are responsible for ascertaining that you have permission to enter the country. And in your scenario, they would have only checked your eligibility for entering the final destination, not the layover country. And while the government would in all likelihood not fine the airline since you bailed out without notice, your name could have a big red check mark next to it for future flights on that airline.

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  • "your name could have a big red check mark next to it for future flights on that airline." - what does this mean? Ok, you have a red mark, so now what? – JonathanReez May 9 '17 at 10:52
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    @JonathanReez - Would you prefer that I had used "red flag"? OK, a red flag that you have a history of using hidden city tactics with that airline. – user13044 May 9 '17 at 10:58
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    I'm simply asking to clarify what practical effects would having a "red mark/flag" have for a traveler. – JonathanReez May 9 '17 at 11:00
  • This is the only thing I was thinking could happen. I was not sure if airlines send that information to immigration, because I have never been asked to show my boarding pass to any customs agent in any country. They just want my passport (and visa if needed) and customs paperwork. – physlexic May 9 '17 at 15:05

I don't see any problem here, and make sure you go with just carry-on luggage :)

Also it seems that site is not really optimized for international and search with ITA Matrix could give better results.

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  • I'm quite sure most of airlines don't allow hidden-city ticketing, so I don't think ITA Matrix should display such routes, as non conforming with airline regulations. And your first sentence is kinda unclear I think, first you say you don't see any problem, then you say to go only with your carry-on luggage (as registered luggage would be delivered to final destination). – Kuba May 8 '17 at 17:03
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    @Kuba I think they track what you checked and who boards so checked luggage would be pulled off the plane where you got off, inconveniencing everyone. Otherwise someone could put something bad in their checked luggage and get off, leaving the luggage in the hold. – Spehro Pefhany May 8 '17 at 18:59
  • @Kuba Matrix won't display it automatically, you're right, but it can certainly be adapted to that purpose without difficulty. People who are quite familiar with Matrix tend to reach for it automatically to solve any itinerary problem, as it is the most powerful tool for the job. – Calchas May 8 '17 at 20:12
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    @kuba traveling hidden city implies carry-on only, so Zack is suggesting just do what you normally would when using skiplagged – physlexic May 9 '17 at 15:01

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