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United Airlines suing 22-year-old NYC man who figured out how to get cheaper plane tickets

30 Dec
United Airlines suing 22-year-old NYC man who figured out how to get cheaper plane tickets

New York's PIX11 / WPIX-TV

[ooyala code=”lsZTJubzrf3DSYivO2SP_kdplNbNoFnJ” player_id=”9ae34776f76145da969becdeb205e6a5″]NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — A young computer whiz from New York City has launched a site to help people buy cheap plane tickets. But an airline company and its travel partner want to shut him down.

United Airlines and Orbitz filed a civil lawsuit last month against 22-year-old Aktarer Zaman, who founded the website Skiplagged.com last year.

The site helps travelers find cheap flights by using a strategy called “hidden city” ticketing.

[van id=”bestoftv/2014/12/10/qmb-iata-tony-tyler-airline-outlook.cnn”]The idea is that you buy an airline ticket that has a layover at your actual destination. Say you want to fly from New York to San Francisco — you actually book a flight from New York to Lake Tahoe with a layover in San Francisco and get off there, without bothering to take the last leg of the flight.

This travel strategy only works if you book a one-way flight with no checked bags…

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