Published: Wed, February 13, 2019
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Lufthansa sues passenger for using 'hidden city' travel hack

Lufthansa sues passenger for using 'hidden city' travel hack

German airline Lufthansa is seeking to sue a passenger it says purposefully booked a cheaper ticket with no intention of turning up for the final leg of their journey, it is claimed. Why is that possibly a big deal?

The passenger books the longer, cheaper flight, disembarks at the destination city, and deliberately misses the connecting flight to the different city.

According to Forbes, Lufthansa is the third largest airline company in the world and made almost $3bn (£2.33bn) in profit in 2017. Customers who skip the last flight also face the risk that their checked bag will be tagged to the final destination, prompting experienced "tariff abusers" to take cabin baggage only. This way, the person is likely able to save money because they are booking a layover ticket instead of a direct flight. As George Hobica, founder of Airfarewatchdog told USA Today, hidden city ticketing could deprive other would-be travelers of seats they could use because you booked it instead. You take the first leg, get off the plane in Houston, and sail off with your carry-on luggage safe in the knowledge someone on the New Orleans flight copped a row with an empty seat in it.

Lufthansa, The Independent reported, is now pursuing payment from the passenger who it believes deliberately missed the last leg of the purchasing journey.

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.

The flight reportedly had a connection in Frankfurt, at which point the passenger took a separate flight from Frankfurt to Berlin, suggesting he was engaging in a practice known as "hidden city ticketing." . However Lufthansa has since been granted permission to appeal the ruling.

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