In the February 2, 1998 issue of Fortune Magazine a letter from
an executive at Continental Airlines explains their policy on
"creative ticketing" practices to their employees. Continental
as well as all major airlines are strictly enforcing penalties
on back to back, hidden city, and throw-away ticketing practices.
Yale University does not condone any unethical or illegal ticketing
practices. If a traveler should partake in "creative ticketing"
methods, the University will not be held liable if the airline
imposes a fine to the traveler or travel agency, rescinds accrued
frequent flyer mileage, or denies boarding to the passenger. The
travel agency acting on the traveler's behalf to purchase tickets
will pass along to the traveler any additional assessment by the
The article goes on to ask the question, "Did you know that
airfares change over 200,000 times a day?" Technology has
allowed airlines to change ticket prices at a moment's notice
to reflect market changes. A good rule of thumb to use is that
if you see a good fare ... buy it. If you wait, you run the risk
of the fare increasing, it's a gamble.