Why you wouldn’t go to Honolulu

Well – here’s the reason.  If you booked a flight from Toronto to Honolulu with a plane change in Vancouver it might be cheaper than a regular Toronto Vancouver ticket so you actually wouldn’t want to go to Honolulu.  You would just get off the plane in Vancouver.

Does this really work?  Apparently so – according to a report by Global News.  http://globalnews.ca/news/1935341/want-a-cheaper-flight-to-vancouver-book-a-trip-to-honolulu/

So what does this mean?  Well you certainly wouldn’t be able to check any luggage on the flight.  It would also mean that your seat from Vancouver to Honolulu would remain unsold.  Or would it?  Don’t airlines routinely over-sell? If you don’t have a seat reserved on a scheduled flight you run the risk of being bumped in favour of those last minute full fare folks.  So maybe nobody is feeling sorry for the airlines.

So how to find these “hidden fares”?  Difficult really – bit of a gamble and you would need lots of time on your hands to search out numerous itineraries and then do fare comparisons.  Voila!  Along comes an app!  https://skiplagged.com/.

They are currently doing battle in the courts with United Airlines.  These airfares have become a big big hassle.  Many travel agents today won’t do air only requests.  First of all the airlines don’t pay any commission and most fliers feel that they don’t want to pay a service fee – unless you are working on a very complex itinerary – then a travel agent will be you new BFF.

In the meantime if you think Skiplagged is doing a great job then you can contribute to their legal action at this link http://www.gofundme.com/skiplagged.

Me?  I am just going to cough up and pay so I can check my bags all the way to my final destination.

By Lesley Keyter

Lesley Keyter is the face of travel in the fast growing city of Calgary. Every week since 1997 she has has featured live on the Morning News Global TV.

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