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Hidden city ticketing-a good idea in this situation
I was searching for tickets to Ecuador over christmas and found a (kind of) reasonably priced ticket without any insane layovers. It was on COPA and according to google flights it was $927 however, when I went on COPA’s website, it came in at about $1400. However, there was another ticket on AA that was ~770$. There was only 1 catch: an overnight layover in Nashville in both directions (I’m OK with that on the outbound but, not on the return.) I searched to see if there were any flights from MIA (where the international flight was to) to BNA between the time the UIO-MIA flight landed and the time that the MIA-BNA flight left however, there weren’t any. And then, I checked to see if there were any flight from BNA to DCA between the time that the MIA-BNA flight landed and the BNA-DCA flight left (the next morning) again, no luck. However, there was a flight on WN that gave about 4.5 hours at BNA. The itinerary was DCA-BNA-MIA-UIO-MIA-BNA-DCA so, dropping the BNA-DCA segment would be throwing it away. The WN flight costs about 100$ is it a good idea or should I not go. (The tickets with reasonable times cost 1000$+)
If youre just dropping the last segment at the end of your trip and you have no checked bags, its fine.
As long as it’s not something you do often it shouldn’t be an issue. Of course you won’t be able to check a bag on the way back and you wouldn’t be protected on the WN flight in case of irrops.