In my post describing secrets to booking online air travel, I got a few questions asking for more details. One was – what happens if you don’t get on the 2nd leg of a flight? The answer: nothing. Airlines can’t stop you from using this trick to save a bunch of money.
The key to this, though, is to book a one way ticket. If you book a round trip ticket and hop off after the first leg, the rest of the ticket will be canceled.
Here’s an example:
1 way ticket from Seattle to Houston on 3/18 (11:50 AM flight): $200
Same flight: Seattle to Houston, continuing on to Detroit (obviously you’d hop off in Houston): $119
Don’t tell this dirty little secret to too many people though!