Questions tagged [hidden-city-ticketing]

An airline booking ploy whereby to travel from A to B a (usually cheaper) ticket is bought from A to C with a connection at B and the traveller ends the journey at B without continuing to C. This tag is for questions about the practice and its advantages and disadvantages.

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Booking a backup flight for short layover

City A - City B - City C, all one ticket, roughly $220. The layover in city B is only an hour, and City A - City B is a transatlantic flight. The direct flight for the first leg is about $380. ...
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Getting off at an international hidden city with checked bags? [duplicate]

Let's say I am currently in City A, having flown here from City C through City B (all in different countries). I have a return ticket back that goes A-->B-->C, and I want to get off in B. I've ...
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Skip a leg, forfeit a ticket — do mistakes happen due to late connections?

As we know airlines combat hidden city ticketing by cancelling your entire ticket (including return trip) if you skip a leg. But how is this handled -- what happens if you are late from your ...
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Skip second leg of outbound flight and continue to original destination over land [duplicate]

I travel with Air China from Paris to Kathmandu with a stopover in Chengdu. I am considering not taking the Chengdu to Kathmandu flight and travel over land to Kathmandu from Chengdu. Will I be able ...
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Can I only travel on the second leg of a one-stop flight? [duplicate]

Let's say there is an available booking from A-B-C, but I actually live in B. Can I book the flights and travel on the B-C flight only? I'm asking this because the A-B-C ticket is considerably cheaper ...
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Skiplagged - Beijing to USA destination

So I leave from Beijing going to (for example) LA USA. Using Skiplagged, the routing puts me as a final destination of Las Vegas. So... BEIJING > LA > LV Skiplagged claims you should not check ...
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boarding flight at intermediate stop

Suppose I book a flight ticket from place A to place B. This flight has a stop at place C. Is it possible/allowed for me to board the flight at place C instead of place A? If it is necessary, place ...
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Checked luggage & terminating trip during layover [duplicate]

I have a Canada bound Delta flight next month with a layover in New York where I plan to abandon the trip (the flight to Canada was cheaper than to USA, hidden city ticketing). Now I know all ...
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Will they allow me to collect my luggage at the connection airport and not taking the connecting flight? [duplicate]

My flight is from Toronto to Istanbul through Vienna. Now I need to stay in Vienna and decided not the take the connecting flight. First, do they let me to cancel the connecting flight? Second,if I ...
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Why is hidden-city ticketing possible? [duplicate]

I have read in various posts why hidden-city-ticketing is a bad thing for the passengers and for the airplane-company (for example here or here) However, I still did not grasp, how come that a ...
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May I get off in an intermediate city of my route during transfer?

I want to go from Panamá to Turkey. There're direct flights of Turkish Airlines that are expensive. And there're flights Panamá -> Istambul -> Baku there're cheaper 2 times of the same airline. ...
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Collecting bag at MSP

I used to live in Rapid city, and recently moved to Minneapolis. My wife went to India, before i moved. Her first port of entry is MSP. Can she get the baggage at MSP, and exit the airport without ...
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Hidden city- baggage question- Intl arrival to US

Bought a one way from Sao Paulo to Brussels on Delta with connections in ATL and JFK. Route is GRU-ATL-JFK-BRU. Plan is to get off in ATL as this ticket was signficantly cheaper than a straight GRU-...
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Skip last leg, but get on different flight in layover city

Disregarding the morals of hidden-city ticketing, I've got a question. Are there any issues from flying and skipping the last leg and hopping onto a different airline's flight to get to my wanted ...
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“Hidden city” on a bus?

I suspect there are other examples. Greyhound offers to take me from Gadsden, AL to the Atlanta airport for $21, changing buses after a 4:45 layover at the Atlanta bus station. Or I could buy the ...
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Costa Rica to Canada flight with hidden destinations (Salt lake city) [closed]

We are planning a vacation to Costa Rica and looking at flight deals. We have found a good deal via Skiplagged for our return flight to Salt Lake City. The ticket is from Costa Rica to Victoria with a ...
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Can my proof of onward travel from the US be to a country other than my country of citizenship?

I want to travel to the USA on August 11, and leave again on the 21st to Taiwan. I already booked a round trip from Germany to the USA. My return flight is on October 2, which I plan to miss because I ...
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Hidden City Ticketing via Mexico City

I want to go from Santiago, Chile to Denver. I can save LOTS of money by buying a LATAM ticket Santiago-MEX-Guadalajara and throw away the MEX-Guadalajara portion. It seems like there's little to no ...
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YVR (Vancouver) to DUB (Dublin) through MUC (Munich) [duplicate]

I bought a return YVR to DUB for around $860 with a layover in MUC. I will be travelling without luggage. I want to get off in MUC but still use the return from DUB. YVR/DUB is operated by Lufthansa. ...
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Have any airlines ever banned anyone for exploiting hidden city or throwaway ticketing?

On a related question Jim MacKenzie writes that: If you did this a lot, it's possible an airline might ban you from flying it Likewise another question mentions that: if you ditch they have the ...
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Walking away from my connecting flight on a domestic [US] return journey. What are the consequences? [duplicate]

Onward trip: PIT -> PHX -> SLC (AA) Return trip: SLC -> JFK/NYC -> PIT. (Delta) Can I just skip my NYC to PIT flight as I plan to be in NYC for the holidays? I don't care about being refunded for that ...
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ITA Matrix Search - at least one connection point in MUC? “No flights found”

Is it me (i.e., am I missing an incredibly simple code?), or can ITA Matrix not support my broad search? My goal is to find a one-way ticket from Hanoi to Munich using hidden cities. For several ...
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Can I skip the second segment of a one way flight? [duplicate]

I'm planning to take a trip from Los Angeles to Houston, and found the ticket price is too high. However, I found a flight Los Angeles to Dallas/Fort Worth with a stop in Houston (LAX-IAH-DFW) that is ...
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Two overlapping itineraries A->B->C and B->D — how to get luggage to go from A ---> D

I was booked on a work trip that goes from the US thru Frankfurt and on to the Middle East. I had to change my plans and the cost of rebooking the ticket would have been very high, so the travel agent ...
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Buying the cheap return day cruise tickets (from Stockholm to Tallinn) and not taking the return leg of the journey

Tallink-Silja Line offers day cruises (i.e. leaving Stockholm on the 13th, arriving in Tallinn on the 14th during the morning and leave on the 14th in the evening back to Stockholm) whose tickets are ...
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Getting my luggages at SFO port of entry and not boarding the next flight [duplicate]

I have the following itinerary: ULN - ICN through MIAT (Mongolian Airlines) ICN - ORD with United and it changes plane at SFO. Looking through some questions already answered here, it seems that I ...
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Is there a way to NOT have my bags automatically pass thru at a plane change?

I'm considering traveling LAX >---> SYD >---> DPS (Indonesia) in a few months. Delta on the first leg, then a plane change to Virgin Australia for the second. Only 2 flight numbers on each, so there ...
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Skiplagged with international flights [duplicate]

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 "...
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Can you get a refund of “additional charges” in addition to taxes?

My friend had a booking with Alitalia from London to Tokyo involving (due to pricing) a Milan-London leg on the return that he's not going to use. I know the taxes for the unused leg (GBP 22) can be ...
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Can I decline an alternative ticket handed at an airline's check-in counter in case of an emergency?

Often I book a return ticket with a transit, and then ditch only the route from the transit to the destination of the return flight. In other words, I get off at the transit place only in the return ...
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Hidden City Ticketing - asking airline to change portion

I have booked a flight from AMS-FRA-YVR (Amsterdam to Frankfurt to Vancouver) and then back from YVR-FRA-AMS with Lufthansa. What I really want is just the FRA-YVR portion as I live in Frankfurt, so ...
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I'd like to book a flight transiting Dublin in order to use hidden-city ticketing. How can I find all flights transiting through Dublin from NYC?

I am wanting to find a flight from New York, NY, that has a layover in Dublin. What destination cities would I need to look at in order to obtain a layover in Dublin, Ireland?
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Passport check for Hidden City Ticketing where only final destination is international

I'm trying to save some money on a flight, and I found one that's cheaper than the original. Since flights are easily tracked, location names will be changed to "A" "B" and "C". So here's what im ...
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Not using second leg of flight with Aer Lingus [duplicate]

I have a flight booked from San Francisco > Dublin > Manchester later this year. I have to be in Dublin for business the day after I get to Manchester so rather than flying on I'd prefer to just stay ...
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Retrieving checked bags from a connecting flight

On my way home from my honeymoon, we have a scheduled stop in Houston prior to flying home. If I were to get off and stay in Houston instead of flying home, how can I get my bags that are probably ...
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Trying to hidden city a flight but want baggage to arrive at final destination city?

I'm flying from Auckland airport (AKL) back home to New York soon, but wanted to stop in San Francisco to visit a friend. Since the ticket change fees are exorbitant, I'm wondering if it would make ...
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Will I be able to retrieve my checked bags on a 15 hour layover in Narita?

Taking a one-way flight on Singapore Air to Bangkok that has a stopover in Narita and planning to get out during the layover (ultimate destination is Tokyo) since the flight was a lot cheaper. The ...
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Ditch the second leg of a return flight and avoid checked baggage issues

I have a trip coming up with Air Canada for which the itinerary looks like this: YYZ - DXB DXB - YYZ followed by a 14 hour stopover YYZ - EWR My objective is to end my journey at step 2 while being ...
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How to retrieve checked-through luggage if I don't board a connecting flight?

Assume I have a flight ticket from A->B->C and at A I checked in luggage all the way to C. However after the first flight I don't board the second flight but decide to remain in B. As I understand ...
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Landing in hidden city, coming back from “official” city: is it possible? [duplicate]

Let's suppose someone (who's definitely not me...) wants to go to Colombia to know many cities. This fictional character will buy a ticket from São Paulo, Brasil to Barranquilla, Colombia (to go and ...
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Eurostar - Is return ticket valid if I miss the first leg?

I want to book a one-way ticket on the Eurostar (Paris-London) but I see that if I book a round-trip, the price will be lower. I am curious if I book the round-trip but only take the return leg, that ...
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Skip a sector but with a different airline [duplicate]

I live in London and want to visit Dubai without paying an arm and a leg for our. There are flights from Brussels to Dubai via London which are much more appealing to me. The Brussels to London leg is ...
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Hidden City Ticketing on an International flight

I am looking to fly to Europe round trip and travel for about 3 months in the interim. I would be booking these round trip flights with points from a domestic (US) carrier, who does not fly to Europe, ...
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Air Canada - Unintentional “Hidden City Ticketing”

Unintentionally, I found myself in a Hidden City Ticketing phenomena. I bought 4 one-way tickets (family of four) from Vancouver to Quebec City, connecting thru Montreal to travel in Early Feb 2015 ...
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Can I skip the last leg of my domestic return flight? [duplicate]

I've seen some comments on 'hidden city' ticketing, but am not sure if what I'm considering falls under that description. My original tickets were MKE-CLE-IAD and back IAD-CLE-MKE. The airline (...
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What does the author mean by 'back to back' and 'hidden city' ticketing hacks?

At this link about travel hacks what does the author mean by this? Back to back and hidden city ticketing. Sometimes airlines will charge far more for tickets to that do not include a Saturday night ...
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Changing baggage final destination - hidden-city ticketing

I found a very reasonable flight from MEM to HKG that goes through NRT for only $977. Most flights that go to NRT now from MEM are around $2000 these days. So, I was wondering if I took the MEM to HKG ...
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Do you have to take the second leg of a domestic flight?

Say I want to book a flight from Fort Lauderdale to Chicago. Say the airline also flies to St. Louis from Fort Launderdale but has a connecting flight through Chicago. If I book that flights from ...