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April 3, 2010

'Hidden city' fares — Same trip, half the price

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Make sure you read the fine print, though.

From FAQ:

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A hidden city fare occurs when a flight from point A to point B happens to make a connection in point C and is cheaper than a direct flight from point A to point C. This is a quirk of the way in which airlines price their routes, which has little to do with the distance flown.

Prices are driven by market conditions and drop when there is a lot of competition on a route. The flight from A to B might be a very busy route, with several airlines serving that market, while the A-C and C-B routes might not be as busy.

Thus, you can buy a ticket from A to B, get off at point C, and throw away the B to C portion, saving some money, if point C is your ultimate destination. Airlines frown on this practice and taking advantage of a hidden city fare is explicitly forbidden by their rules.

If you skip a leg of your flight (logged as a no-show on the airline's computer), the airline has the right to cancel all subsequent legs. So the only case in which you can "safely" take advantage of a hidden city fare is when you're taking a one-way flight.

If you're the dishonest type and are going to lie about actually having taken the skipped segments, at least have the intelligence to remove the ticket and boarding pass (keeping the stub of the boarding pass) from the ticket envelope.

Note that you can't take advantage of a hidden city fare if you've checked any baggage, as your baggage will be sent through to your ticketed final destination.

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Joe's probably already answered the ?, but that place is the incredible 12th century Angkor Wat in Cambodia (and that picture shows some of the damage done over centuries by huge tree roots & various overgrowth crowding things out of the way). Angkor Wat and Borobudur, the equally amazing Buddhist temple in Java, are two of the only three places on earth I'd actually like to be able to visit before I wrap things up on planet earth (the other one being Wales). It won't happen.

Posted by: Flautist | Apr 3, 2010 5:51:48 PM

where is the place in the photo Joe?

Posted by: jo | Apr 3, 2010 3:46:45 PM

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