Lufthansa sues passenger who missed his flight

Lufthansa lost the first court case against the flyer but is seeking an appeal

SEAN GALLUP GETTYLufthansa lost the first court case against the flyer but is seeking an appeal

However, the wily passenger used all legs of the outbound flight, but opted out of the Frankfurt to Oslo return flight and, instead, flew on an unconnected Lufthansa reservation from Frankfurt to Berlin, Germany.

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.

For instance, someone flying from NY to San Francisco could book a cheaper trip from NY to Lake Tahoe with a layover in San Francisco and get off there, without bothering to take the last leg of the flight.

For example, someone flying from New York City to San Francisco could book a cheaper flight from New York City to Lake Tahoe with a layover in San Francisco - then simply get off there.

Lufthansa Airlines is suing a passenger, alleging he missed his flight on objective.

The court document (in German) explains that the unnamed male passenger booked a return flight from Oslo to Seattle, with a layover in Frankfurt.

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Lufthansa, the German national airline, announced it is suing a passenger for allegedly missing a leg of his journey on goal. From there, he flew to Berlin on a separate Lufthansa ticket.

The pricing strategies for "network carriers" such as Lufthansa, Air France and British Airways is underpinned by charging less for the more flights passengers take in one booking. It is now seeking $2,385 in compensation.

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

An initial court case found in the passenger's favour, but Lufthansa has been granted permission to appeal the ruling, according to The Independent.

However, that suit was thrown out by an IL judge, who said the district didn't have jurisdiction over the issue. The hack is named after the website Skiplagged, an airfare search engine that claims to "expose loopholes to save your money".

The practice is discouraged by airlines, with many warning passengers not to abuse tariffs - though this is believed to be the first time a carrier has tried to take a flier to court over the skiplagging hack.

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