When it comes to getting around new airline rules on pricing multi-city itineraries, where there's a will there's always a way. Although the airlines won't be happy about it.
What to Know Now
Business travelers who fly complicated tickets with multiple legs may be used to booking “multi-city” itineraries, but if we’re careful, we may soon end up paying a lot more for our airfare. New pricing structures adopted by the airlines this week have changed how multi-city tickets are priced, leading many of the itineraries to jump 6 to 7 times in price.
The so-called source of the problem? Travel hackers. With many airlines pricing single legs at ultra-low prices to compete with low cost carriers, savvy travelers found out that by stitching multiple legs together into one multi-city trip (instead of one point-to-point trip with a connection) prices could be driven down. This change closes that loophole — and makes much of everything else more expensive in the process.
Not to worry though, according to multiple blogs, it’s still possible to get around the gouging by booking single one-way tickets from point-to-point.
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