Aktarer Zakman figured out a secret tactic for getting massive discounts on flights. His method is completely legal, but could cost airlines millions.
Now, United Airlines and Orbitz Travel are taking aim at the 22-year-old computer genius/entrepreneur. Both companies have deployed their lawyers in a desperate attempt to shut him up.
So what exactly has airlines and travel companies running scared? Zakman's website, Skiplagged.com, reveals "hidden city" ticketing.
How does hidden city ticketing work?
Let's say that I wanted to fly from Phoenix to Denver. If I was to fly directly to Denver, it'd cost me $200. If I wanted to fly to Seattle, though, I'd only pay $120 with a stop in Denver.
The Skiplagged system finds flights that cost less with ending destinations in different cities. Instead of continuing on to your destination, though, you just get off the flight when you reach the city you're hoping to hit.
Airlines jack up the prices for flights and Skiplagged lets you hunt new methods for ways to get around these prices.
Zakman and his website are being sued by Orbitz and United Airlines for $75,000 in damages. We'll see how all of this turns out.
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