WE'VE BEEN CUT OFF ... BUT YOU CAN STILL FIND HIDDEN CITY DEALS ON YOUR OWN ...HERE'S HOW:
DEC. 17, 2014 Recently another website which provided hidden city ticketing details for its visitors was sued by United Airlines and Orbitz...effectively shutting down the site. Another site decided to take a little break from providing similar information in view of the United/Orbitz suit. We at AirFareIQ carried on though, since we weren't actually profiting from providing the information (we do it out of the generosity of our hearts, and also just to piss the airlines off).
However, as of a couple days ago, the airline industry has found a way to thwart our hidden city search engine, and we're apparently at their mercy until/unless we can hack a work-around.
UNTIL THEN, WE'LL JUST SHARE WITH YOU AN INCREDIBLY SIMPLE METHOD OF FINDING YOUR OWN HIDDEN CITY DEALS.
STEP ONE: Go to http://matrix.itasoftware.com/ THIS IS NOT A LINK – you'll need to copy and paste it into your browser (we don't need the airlines seeing thousands of hits coming to the site from AirFareIQ, thank-you-very-much).
STEP TWO: Click the "one-way" tab. (This technique does NOT work for round trip tickets...read "THE RULES" elsewhere on this site.)
STEP THREE: Click the "Advance Routing Codes" link (below the "Departing From" and "Destination" windows).
STEP FOUR: You should now have 3 boxes to fill: Departing From, Outbound Routing Code, and Destination. Enter your departing city in the first box, and your desired destination airport code in the Outbound Routing box. THIS MUST BE THE 3-LETTER AIRPORT CODE, not the actual city name. To find your airport code, simply Google "airport code for (city or airport name)".
STEP FIVE: Here's the secret part. In the Destination box (the 3rd of the 3 boxes), enter the following data (you can copy/paste it):
These are the airport codes for virtually every commercial airport in the USA, Canada, Mexico; plus a few significant airports in the Caribbean and South and Central America.
STEP SIX: Enter your departure date.
STEP SEVEN: Click "search".
WHAT HAPPENS: The search engine will search all available flights to all those cities in the long list, and return to you in the results all the flights that CONNECT in your desired destination. Look at the "From/To" column, and you'll see your departure city and the HIDDEN CITY. In the next column ("STOPS") you should see your desired destination. To get the flight details, either click on the price at the left of the page; or hover your mouse on the right side of the display, which will reveal a "details" link.
REMEMBER TO READ, KNOW, AND FOLLOW "THE RULES". And have fun saving money on your flights. AND PLEASE TELL YOUR FRIENDS, SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT AIRFAREIQ, AND IN GENERAL REJOICE IN PISSING OFF THE AIRLINES!