Lufthansa Is Suing a Passenger Who Skipped Their Flight

Airline sues passenger who skipped last leg of his flight	 	 	 			Lufthansa plane

Instead, the unnamed passenger got off during a layover in Frankfurt and flew on a separate ticket, also with Lufthansa, to Berlin.

Lufthansa airlines is now demanding $2,385 - the full cost of the flight with interest.

Lufthansa is cracking down on a way for airline passengers to get cheaper fares-with a lawsuit that brings fresh attention to the practice.

But Lufthansa is arguing that the travel trick is a violation of their terms and conditions.

Before travelers were pulled into the digital world of algorithms that airlines use to maximize their revenue stream, they would often try ploys like "hidden city ticketing", where the passenger books a ticket to a fictitious destination (the "hidden" city) with a connection at the intended destination, then walks away at the connection node and discards the remaining segment.

The legal hounds at an airline's headquarters might argue that hidden city ticketing violates their "contract of carriage", but some travel industry observers disagree.

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Lufthansa, the German flag carrier, is pursuing legal action against a passenger who was due to fly from Seattle to Oslo via Frankfurt but failed to board the second leg of the flight.

Lufthansa declined Business Insider's request for comment.

Flights with multiple layovers are typically cheaper than direct ones, which is why the practice is one travellers often use to save ticket money.

A Berlin district court dismissed Lufthansa's case in December.

The booking website Skiplagged helps passengers find cheap deals on flights and offers a hidden city option, helping "tariff abusers" buy flights for lower prices. "We're exposing loopholes in airfare pricing to save you money".

The case was thrown out in 2015 after the judge in the Northern District Court of IL said the court didn't have jurisdiction over the case because Zaman didn't live or do business in that city.

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