Many of us have experienced the frustration of planning an exciting trip only to be discouraged by soaring flight prices. As travel demand and costs increase due to postponed pandemic trips being taken, people are resorting to money-saving tactics like “skiplagging.” It involves booking a layover flight and intentionally missing the connecting leg to save money. While it seems bright, as experts explain, there are essential factors to consider.
Skiplagging Breaches Airline Rules,
Carries Ban Risk
Aviation law expert Anton Radchenko from AirAdvisor warns against skiplagging. This practice breaches airline “contract of carriage” terms, as shown by Lufthansa’s 2019 lawsuit seeking compensation from a passenger who skipped a flight leg. Radchenko also notes the potential for future bans by airlines due to contract violations.
Purchased Travel Insurance May Become
Radchenko explains that insurance typically covers situations beyond a passenger’s control, like flight delays or lost baggage. If a passenger intentionally misses a flight leg, insurance might not cover ensuing expenses since it’s a self-caused event. Furthermore, if an unexpected incident or medical emergency occurs during the layover, insurance might not apply due to the absence of an official ticket for that location.
Skiplagging Can Lead To Airline Account
And Points Deletion
Airlines offer loyalty programs like frequent flyer ones, according to Radchenko. These programs grant points for flights or travel distances. “Airlines react strongly to skiplagging,” notes Radchenko. Airlines might seize earned points, suspend future accumulation, or even revoke frequent flyer membership if caught. This impact can be significant, particularly for dedicated travelers who diligently accumulate these rewards.
Possible Luggage And Schedule Issues
“Skiplagging Can Bring Luggage and Schedule Issues,” Lau warns. Even with a carry-on, total flights might lead to gate-checking. Unplanned problems and cancellations could mean extra costs. For instance, skipping a leg of your roundtrip ticket (Milwaukee to Grand Rapids via Detroit) could result in canceled return flights, requiring purchasing a new visa back home, explains Mike Heck, a travel expert.