A travel expert has revealed five alternatives to the money-saving technique known as 'skiplagging,' in a bid to prevent price-conscious traveler
A travel expert has revealed five alternatives to the money-saving technique known as ‘skiplagging,’ in a bid to prevent price-conscious travelers from flying into trouble.
The concept – which is not illegal but frowned upon in the industry – works like this: A passenger books a flight from Point A to Point B with a stopover at their desired destination, and doesn’t board the connecting flight to Point B.
This often results in substantial savings on tickets but travelers can occasionally get caught out and last week 17-year-old Hunter Parsons was held by security officers when he got off his Florida to JFK flight in Charlotte and did not re-board. He has now been banned by American Airlines for three years.
To prevent such a mishap Bobby Laurie, who worked as cabin crew for many years and now presents a travel called The Jet Set, told DailyMail.com there are other ways travelers can make substantial savings on flight tickets. Take a flight down to learn more.
Covert operation: Use Incognito or Private Browsing Mode when buying a ticket
‘If you repeatedly search for the same flight on a regular browser, they might think you’re more likely to make a purchase soon and could increase the price’
This means they could be sneaky and increase flight prices the closer you get to booking.
However, there are some tricks to avoid this from happening.
The travel expert explains: ‘They may use this data to adjust prices based on your perceived level of interest and demand.
‘If you repeatedly search for the same flight on a regular browser, they might think you’re more likely to make a purchase soon and could increase the price.
‘When you use Incognito or Private Browsing Mode, these algorithms cannot access your browsing history and therefore cannot influence the prices you see.’
Point of no return! Book one-way flights if you can
One-way tickets, Bobby says, can sometimes be cheaper than round-trip airline tickets, but it really depends on the airline, route, time of booking, and demand.
One trick might be mixing and matching tickets. Bobby reveals: ‘There might be a cheap flight to your destination on one airline, and a cheap ticket available on a different airline for your flight home.
‘Whereas, a roundtrip with the same airline may have been more expensive.
‘Just remember, if you’re traveling internationally, you need to show proof of a return flight… but it doesn’t need to be on the same airline.’
Have time to spare? Book an itinerary with a connection
Bobby Laurie worked as cabin crew and now presents a show called The Jet Set
Connecting flights are often cheaper than non-stop flights and Bobby says this is due to ‘several reasons related to airline operations, demand, and competition.’
While non-stop flights are generally more convenient and preferred by travelers, this often leads to higher demand and higher prices.
If you have time to spare during your journey, make sure you expand your flight search to include flights with connections along with directs.
Bobby adds: ‘Connecting flights aren’t favored so much so they’re generally cheaper.’
Taking a gamble: Buy tickets at the airport if flying with a low-cost carrier
If you plan to fly with a low-cost carrier and have a calm disposition, Bobby says it might be worth taking a gamble and buying flight tickets at the airport.
Explaining how this could save you precious dollars, Bobby says: ‘Some ultra-low-cost carriers charge an ‘interface fee’ every time a ticket is bought online through a travel agency or their website.
‘But if you buy the ticket at the airport, this fee is voided.
‘For example, in the US, Frontier Airlines charges $23 per-ticket bought online.
‘So buying it at the airport would save you $46 on a roundtrip ticket.’
The search is on! When shopping online, shop around
Bobby says that there are several reasons why airline prices differ on different platforms. Stock image
The same airline ticket, Bobby highlights, might be priced differently across various travel websites, airline websites, and online travel agencies (OTAs).
He says that there are several reasons why airline prices differ on different platforms.
Touching on these, he explains: ‘Online travel agencies often charge service fees or commissions, and airlines may offer exclusive promotions, discounts, or package deals through specific platforms to attract more customers.
‘And also, an airline’s codeshare partner (think British Airways and American Airlines) might sell a ticket on their partner’s plane cheaper than the airline itself would sell it.’