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Flying the Tricks of the Trade

You buy a plane ticket from Washington, DC to Louisana and pay a fortune. Your everyday Supreme Court Justice, Anton Scalia, buys a cheap plane ticket also between DC and Louisana, but pays substantailly less. You both fly the same distance. Why is his cheaper?

According to the Baltimore Sun, it's because you bought a $698 one-way ticket, and he bought a $218 round-trip ticket. Except Justice Scalia only flew one leg of the round-trip ticket.

Sounds reasonable, you say?

Not according to the airlines. They consider it fraud.

But a Supreme Court Justice did it, you say.

There are other tricks, too, such as the hidden city itinerary. In that trick, the expensive ticket is from one big city to another. But, that flight also extends on to a less popular city, and the airlines discount tickets to the less popular city. You buy the ticket to the less popular city, but just don't take the last leg.

You could also try the back-to-back itinerary, likewise saving you money. You know the old "Saturday night stayover" requirement - but you want to fly midweek. Buying two tickets that both stayover Saturday, but allow you to fly two midweek days.

Such a deal. Airlines argue that it violates their tarriffs and is illegal. There are horror stories out there of airlines filing suit against individuals and companies, so be forewarned.

As the Sun points out, if a Supreme Court Justice can do it....

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