Lufthansa sues passenger for using 'hidden city' travel hack

Airline sues passenger for not taking booked flight

Airline sues passenger for not taking booked flight

Hidden city ticketing frustrates airlines, and Lufthansa reportedly sought around $US2,385 ($3,362) in damages from the passenger, claiming he violated the airline's terms of service.

Airlines are upset about playing games with their customers, specially when they're not always succeeding sucking more money from a passenger. "No law is broken when a passenger decides not to take a flight he or she bought, and twice now when airlines have sued to cut back on the practice, their lawsuits have been dismissed".

The airline says that the passenger exploited the ticketing system which places a premium on non-stop flights and got a bargain by buying a multiple-stop ticket.

Lufthansa lost the initial court case, but is appealing the decision.

"Hidden city" ticketing was popularized by the airfare site Skiplagged - which promises to help people find tickets that are up to 80 percent less expensive than the prices elsewhere.

According to a court document obtained by CNN the unnamed passenger booked a return flight from Oslo to Seattle with a layover in Frankfurt.

The case was dismissed by a court in Berlin late past year, but a spokesperson told CNN an appeal had been filed.

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.

British Airways states in its conditions: "Where you change your travel without our agreement and the price for the resulting transportation you intend to undertake is greater than the price originally paid, you will be requested to pay the difference in price".

Lufthansa, the German national airline, announced it is suing a passenger for allegedly missing a leg of his journey on goal.

The practice does carry several risks for passengers, too.

Typically, although not in this case, the layover city is the final destination for skiplaggers.

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