For example, someone who wants to travel to Chicago may book a flight from NY to Los Angeles with a layover in Chicago, if that flight is less expensive than direct flights to Chicago.
While that might seem like an innocent enough act, the German airline claims that the passenger was trying to leverage the "hidden city" ticket trick, a method experienced airline passengers employ to get cheaper fares.
Lufthansa is suing a man who intentionally missed a connecting flight from Frankfurt to Oslo in order to receive a cheaper fare. He booked his flight on April 8, 2016, and traveled early the next month. Lufthansa German Airline is no exception. But instead of making the entire trip, he got off his return flight in Frankfurt. He instead flew on a separate Lufthansa reservation from Frankfurt to Berlin. It is now seeking $2,385 in compensation.
Though an initial ruling found in the passenger's favor, the airline has been given permission to appeal. The suit was originally dismissed by a Berlin court, but the carrier is appealing the decision, a spokesperson confirmed to CNN.
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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.
A website which promotes this ticketing hack, skiplagged.com, advertises itself as "exposing loopholes in airfare pricing to save you money".
The Skyscanner aviation site says there are numerous drawbacks to booking "hidden city" flights, ranging from the inability to check baggage to possibly delaying flights if an aircraft waits on passengers who have simply left midroute.
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.