Airlines Say They’re Being Cheated By Skiplagged Airfare Savings Site

CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Airfares seem to keep on climbing, but a 23-year-old computer whiz found a way to save you hundreds of dollars on airline tickets.

As CBS2’s Emily Smith reported, Skiplagged.com helps you find what are called “hidden city” airfares with a few clicks of a mouse. And the site is creating some turbulence with travel industry giants.

With little more than a mattress on the floor, Aktarer Zaman’s tiny Manhattan apartment serves as the hub of operations for Skiplagged. The website works thusly – a traveler looks to fly from Newark to Miami, but might find it’s actually cheaper to buy a ticket to Charleston with a stopover in Miami.

“So the cheapest here (for that route) is $325,” Zaman explained.

Yahoo travel executive editor Laura Begley Bloom said the idea has been around for years.

“This has been a dirty little secret of the travel industry…

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