If you lucked up on and extremely cheap flight using Orbitz, then you can thank this kid here. 22-year old Aktarer Zaman found a glitch in the travel sites matrix giving users a chance to pick-up extremely cheap tickets.
Now United and Orbitz are suing to get their money back,
United Airlines and Orbitz are suing a 22-year-old website founder who has made it easier for travelers to find “hidden city” tickets, which can offer big discounts on airfares.
“Hidden city” ticketing is the practice of booking a one-way plane ticket from one city to another, and then getting off the plane on a layover before the final destination. It may seem counterintuitive, but booking the longer flight can sometimes be cheaper because of the convoluted mess that is airline pricing.
It’s not illegal — but that doesn’t mean airlines and booking sites want people to do it.
It’s also not that hidden. Frequent fliers are well aware that such fares exist, but know better than to routinely take advantage of them.
Airlines watch out for the practice, and can retaliate by voiding a ticket without a refund, or stripping travelers of elite status or reward miles.
The 22-year-old, Aktarer Zaman, said he founded Skiplagged to save people money, and that what he is doing is not illegal.
“Skiplagged’s sole purpose has always been to help you become savvy travelers. We have been doing that by exposing pricing inefficiencies for air travel, among other things,” Zaman said in a statement on a GoFundMe for the site’s legal fund.
United and Orbitz are suing Zaman in Chicago federal court for unfair competition.
I wonder if he was the guy behind the cheap round trip tickets to Dubai that showed up recently?