Unfriendly Skies: United Sues Man Over Cheap Airfare Website

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With so many Americans traveling over the holidays, getting a good deal on air fare would've been the real Christmas miracle, but now frequent flyers can lighten the load on their wallets.

That's because 22-year-old Aktarer Zaman, a computer whiz from NYC, launched Skiplagged to help folks buy cheaper plane tickets.

He uses a strategy called hidden city ticketing.

Here's how it works:

You want to go from Dallas to Atlanta, but it turns out it costs less to fly Dallas to New York with a stop in, you guessed it, Atlanta.   So, you get off in Atlanta and never actually take the last leg of the flight.

Voila! A cheaper ticket!!

The catch? It only works if you book a one-way flight and don't check any bags.

But crazy thing about the internet, once it goes viral anyone can access that info.

Now major airlines are calling this air fare loophole, unfair!

United Airlines and Orbitz are hoping to crash the site with a lawsuit, claiming it promotes unfair competition and strictly prohibited travel.

They want to recoup $75,000 they claim Zaman has cost them.

Hey, even if the Skiplagged site is grounded by the airline giant, it looks like this traveler's trick has taken off!