Saturday, 16 February, 2019

Lufthansa sues passenger over using the 'hidden city' fare ploy

Airline sues passenger for not taking booked flight Lufthansa 'to sue passenger for not showing up to booked flight'
Laurie Berry | 14 February, 2019, 08:26

Lufthansa - one of the world's largest airline companies - has been granted permission to appeal after an original ruling found in the passenger's favour, it has been reported. After using the outbound flight, instead of boarding the Frankfurt-to-Oslo return flight, he flew on a separate Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt to Berlin, according to CNN.

The practice involves booking a flight that includes a layover with the intent of traveling to the layover city rather than the final destination.

For example, someone hoping to travel from NY to Dallas might look for cheaper flights to Los Angeles that also stop in that city - and simply disembark there, rather than fly the full route to LAX.

Network carriers such as Lufthansa set their prices based on charging less for more flights.

Skiplagging can cause delays for airlines as they wait for unaccounted-for passengers, with carriers that have flights routed through hub airports - such as Lufthansa in Frankfurt and Munich - particularly affected.

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 is seeking to sue a passenger it claims intentionally missed a leg of their journey in order to secure a cheaper flight, it has been claimed.

In November a Spanish court ruled that Iberia passengers could not be punished for hidden city ticketing.

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

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. "We're exposing loopholes in airfare pricing to save you money".

In addition, the practice could bring legal trouble, Skyscanner says, adding, "Even more likely, if you do this regularly, some airlines will kick you out of their rewards program".

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