The world  is once again zeroing in on clever techniques to save on plane tickets, after Lufthansa made the new for suing a passenger employing a common trick known as skiplagging. With all the extra attention on clever ways to save, Kayak, the popular online travel booking site has launched its newest product, dubbed “hacker fares”. It’s a clever idea, but you should really already be using them…

What’s a Kayak Hacker Fare?

A Kayak “hacker fare” is a completely legit way of potentially saving on flights. Rather than just buying a round trip on one airline, it creates a round trip made up of two one way tickets, on different airlines in each direction. Sometimes, not always, that will save a bunch of money. This typically works best on regional flights within the USA, Europe, Asia or Pacific, Middle East, Africa and South America. It works extremely well within the US, but likely won’t work from the US to Europe, or vice versa. This technique works in all cabins, from economy to first class.

You Should Already Be Doing This

It’s great that Kayak has taken this age old practice under a wing and given it a name, but you should always look at the cost of booking a round trip versus prices if you book two one way tickets. If you’re going from Singapore to Hong Kong, or anywhere in the world you should always search round trip and then also do a separate search for a one way ticket from starting point to destination, and then another from destination back home. You don’t need to call it a hacker fare either, because it’s just a completely legit practice, and nowhere near as cool as “hacking”.

Best Ways To Play Around

Kayak is a great resource for finding flight deals, as is Google Flights. For playing around, Google Flights allows for more creativity, since you can search from up to seven departure cities and seven arrival cities at once. Here’s how to search for flight deals like a wizard, FYI. Make Kayak’s hacker fares a part of your arsenal, but know that you’re not breaking any rules and in reality, you can book them anywhere, including directly with the airlines…

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