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Frequent Liars

Will these airline booking strategies fly?

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This story appears in the February 2001 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Ask any veteran business traveler how to track down a cheap ticket, and you may get an earful about hidden cities and back-to-back tickets.

For years, travel agents helped road warriors use these tricks to save money. But recently, airlines have begun charging retailers the difference between regular fares and the amount saved. The carriers are going after travelers, too, using sophisticated software to track travel patterns through frequent-flier accounts.

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