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    United Airlines, Orbitz sue Skiplagged over layover price loophole

    United Airlines, Orbitz sue Skiplagged over layover price loophole - Business - CBC News

    A large U.S. airline and one of the world's biggest online travel agencies are suing an entrepreneur from New York City for developing a web system that can help flyers save money by taking advantage of a loophole in the pricing of flights with layovers.

    Aktarer Zaman invented Skiplagged.com, a website that lets users find cheaper flight tickets.

    The website's trick is that it combs ticket prices and finds flight routes with layovers that stop in certain cities that end up being cheaper than simply directly flying to that city.

    If a traveller wants to fly from New York City to Atlanta, for example, a direct flight would cost a certain amount of money. However, because of the way airlines price their tickets, a flight from New York to Miami that includes a layover in Atlanta might cost less than the New York-to-Atlanta trip.

    Under the system, that flyer could book the flight to Miami knowing that it passes through Atlanta, and simply get off the plane there and not complete the last leg — while saving money in the process.
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    Re: United Airlines, Orbitz sue Skiplagged over layover price loophole

    I don't see that either company has a real cause of action against the guy for outsmarting them and competing with them.

    I know people who like to buy the cheapest ticket possible for the flight that they think will most likely be overbooked so they can agree to be bumped in exchange for upgrades or future flights.

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    Re: United Airlines, Orbitz sue Skiplagged over layover price loophole

    If the airlines are offering the prices I don't see how they can complain.
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    Re: United Airlines, Orbitz sue Skiplagged over layover price loophole

    It doesn't seem that plaintiffs have a good case. There were no laws broken, no deception, and no real losses for the plaintiffs.

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    Re: United Airlines, Orbitz sue Skiplagged over layover price loophole

    If airlines didn't have such a ludicrous pricing system this wouldn't be a problem.
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    Re: United Airlines, Orbitz sue Skiplagged over layover price loophole

    Why wouldn't it be easier simply to close the pricing loophole?

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    Re: United Airlines, Orbitz sue Skiplagged over layover price loophole

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    If airlines didn't have such a ludicrous pricing system this wouldn't be a problem.
    Exactly, I mean EXACTLY.

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    Re: United Airlines, Orbitz sue Skiplagged over layover price loophole

    Agreed with others, I am unsure how this lawsuit can win given how the plaintiffs characterize "intentionally and maliciously interferes" with their business. Seems to me the airlines caused their own issues here, and Orbitz just jumped on the bandwagon.
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    Re: United Airlines, Orbitz sue Skiplagged over layover price loophole

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    If airlines didn't have such a ludicrous pricing system this wouldn't be a problem.
    It is capitalism. The larger the demand to fly to a city, the higher the cost to fly to that city.
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    Re: United Airlines, Orbitz sue Skiplagged over layover price loophole

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    It is capitalism. The larger the demand to fly to a city, the higher the cost to fly to that city.
    Except that is not the issue. If all or most seats on a flight would be even closely priced the system would not be so ridiculous, but on any give flight to any give city the disparity in pricing is ridiculous.

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