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Hidden-City Ticketing.

http://matrix.itasoftware.com/

Using

Searching a one-way from LGA-CLE on 07/06 comes up $500 for a nonstop.
To find a hidden-city ticket:
Search for a one-way from LGA::CLE and then going to CLE and cities within 300 miles and it will come up with the same non-stop flight (along with a throw-away leg to PIT) for $140.
Just don't do it too often and don't check luggage!

There's lots of other useful codes if people want similar demonstrations.
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cheap 1 way trips w/stop & you want the stop and not the final destination
« Reply #90 on: February 21, 2011, 02:17:17 PM »
anybody know of the most likely cities to try for a final destination on a one way trip with a connection in ord that would come out really cheap departing from phl
i have found phl to mke to be pretty reasonable, anyone have any better ideas?

also looking for cheap one ways from ord to somewhere that would use phl as a connection

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Re: ITA Code Lesson #1: Hidden-City Ticketing.
« Reply #91 on: February 22, 2011, 03:24:53 PM »
any other tricks?
I looked at FT but there are too many posts
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Re: ITA Code Lesson #1: Hidden-City Ticketing.
« Reply #92 on: February 22, 2011, 03:30:08 PM »
any other tricks?
I looked at FT but there are too many posts
Dozens, here's another that nobody seemed too interested in:
http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=5411.msg58788#msg58788
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How to find cheap one way tickets
« Reply #93 on: February 28, 2011, 12:48:42 AM »
This is a guide on how to find cheap one way tickets, the idea is, instead of getting a ticket from A to B is to get a ticket from A to C with a layover in B and just not board to the connection flight. You'll be amazed how common it is that a ticket on the same flight will cost less if it is just a connection to a less attractive destination. Works well with NYC, I flew a few times for less than $70 each way (lowest was $45 from Detroit).

http://traveltoforum.com/threads/629-Guide-How-to-find-cheap-2-1-way-tickets-that-will-be-cheaper-than-a-round-trip


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Re: How to find cheap one way tickets
« Reply #94 on: February 28, 2011, 01:01:23 AM »
It's been discussed multiple times before but a nice guide with pics...

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Re: How to find cheap one way tickets
« Reply #95 on: February 28, 2011, 01:21:05 AM »
there is also a text file there with all the US airports ready for copy and paste..

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Re: How to find cheap one way tickets
« Reply #96 on: February 28, 2011, 10:39:49 AM »
This is a guide on how to find cheap one way tickets, the idea is, instead of getting a ticket from A to B is to get a ticket from A to C with a layover in B and just not board to the connection flight. You'll be amazed how common it is that a ticket on the same flight will cost less if it is just a connection to a less attractive destination. Works well with NYC, I flew a few times for less than $70 each way (lowest was $45 from Detroit).

http://traveltoforum.com/threads/629-Guide-How-to-find-cheap-2-1-way-tickets-that-will-be-cheaper-than-a-round-trip

Very well put together...why would in not work for RT tckts?

only con: it takes about an hour to search for flights
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Re: ITA Code Lesson #1: Hidden-City Ticketing.
« Reply #97 on: February 28, 2011, 11:21:50 AM »
thanks so much for clearly explaining how to use the ita software for hidden city ticketing. i was not aware of that feature and it took hours!

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Re: ITA Code Lesson #1: Hidden-City Ticketing.
« Reply #98 on: February 28, 2011, 11:59:21 AM »
Why is ITA matrix software so great??

I have yet to find better prices than other sites like orbitz etc..
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Re: ITA Code Lesson #1: Hidden-City Ticketing.
« Reply #99 on: February 28, 2011, 01:08:45 PM »
Genius! They're running the same engine! its the codes you put in that make the difference.

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Re: ITA Code Lesson #1: Hidden-City Ticketing.
« Reply #100 on: February 28, 2011, 02:35:59 PM »
Its all about the codes and the flexibility. I was a full Kayak believer (well until a few months ago when Kayak started getting fritzy and not giving real time responses for all airlines) but the search options and functionality of the matrix (which ive only scratched the surface of) is the best by far. I just had to book 10 r/t flights for business to diff cities - not only was I able to ensure that I paid the cheapest price, but I was also able to figure out which award flights (on Jblue - I had vouchers that were expiring soon) were "cheaper" to me based on their current pricing (not in a ppm sense but in a straight value sense. If flt 1 is $100 and 1,000 points and flt 2 is $120 and 1,000 points, which one do you pay for/which one award etc). Also I prefer to fly out of LGA over JFK but will fly JFK/EWR if the price is right. Its a lot easier to compare and sort airports/flight times with ITA. Orbitz doesnt really let you play around.

If youre booking a trip and your dates and airports are set in stone, by all means go to orbitz

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Re: ITA Code Lesson #1: Hidden-City Ticketing.
« Reply #101 on: February 28, 2011, 04:03:40 PM »
there is also a text file there with all the US airports ready for copy and paste..
Can you attach the txt file here please?
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Re: ITA Code Lesson #1: Hidden-City Ticketing.
« Reply #102 on: February 28, 2011, 04:04:20 PM »
<Edit by Dan: Thanks, I've put them into an attachment below>
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Re: ITA Code Lesson #1: Hidden-City Ticketing.
« Reply #103 on: February 28, 2011, 04:23:39 PM »
Airport file attached.

Really what you need though is to weed that out and just pick the 50 or so airports where LCCs fly to, the other airport will almost never be cheaper.
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Re: ITA Code Lesson #1: Hidden-City Ticketing.
« Reply #104 on: February 28, 2011, 04:37:45 PM »
True - many of those airports are not going to come out cheaper and are a waste of time.
Also - if you search them all at once, in my experience it tends to overload the matrix and it takes forever to get the results. If you do want to search through every airport its better to split them up into 4 or 5 smaller searches