Travel Site Sued for Cheap Fares Claim
United Airlines and the travel site, Orbitz are now seeking legal action against an online travel site that claims to have cheaper fares on airline flights. The website, Skiplagged boasts of getting cheaper flights to those cities that are hidden from most of the major airlines.
The company was founded by a 22 year old computer genius, Aktarer Zaman. He has pled his case and says that he is doing nothing wrong. He is solely helping people find better deals during the holidays so that they can spend time with their loved ones. He has yet to even make a dime off of the site.
The way that Skiplagged works is finding a cheaper way to get the customer’s from point A to point B without all of the hassle of airlines and layovers. For instance, if you are flying from Atlanta to Denver, the customer would book a flight from Atlanta to Las Vegas, with a layover in Denver. They would then get off of their flight in Denver and call it a day. The customers would not even have to worry about the rest of the flight. The site does mention that travelers should not check any bags to accomplish this way of the landing in “hidden cities.”
Why is this such a big deal then? United Airlines is having trouble wrapping its head around this type of service because it feels the website is “unfair competition.” Websites like this are promoting terrible flight behavior only to save a buck. In the eyes of other airlines and sites like Orbitz, it is a completely illegal way to travel. Many people do not think what Skiplagged is doing can be considered illegal though.
Those who have worked in the airline business for years think that this is a great way to help travelers save money. Airline employees are always trying to make things easier and cheaper for travelers during the stressful holiday season. Skiplagged may be shut down by this legal process, but now airline customers have a way to get cheaper flights by using the helpful tips on the website.