How much sense does it make to fly from A to C via B and pay 25% less than flying from A to B?
German airline giant Lufthansa is suing a passenger who did not take the last leg of their ticketed journey in a bid to clamp down on a popular travel hack. 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.
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.
Lufthansa launched the legal action against the single, solitary passenger as a means of blocking the reasonably common "hidden city" travel hack, which involves deliberately missing a connecting flight in order to save money.
The move could threaten a widely used travel trick that sees airline passengers leave their journey at a layover instead of the final destination to take advantage of cheaper flights.
According to court documents, Lufthansa is seeking payment from the passenger, claiming he or she booked a flight from Oslo to Seattle via Frankfurt, the Daily Mail reports.
A Berlin district court dismissed the lawsuit in December, but Lufthansa's spokesperson confirmed to CNN that the company has "already filed the appeal against the decision".
Unethical or just playing the game?Lufthansa German Airline is no exception.
"I would simply have someone drive me 80 miles to Dayton, then fly back through Cincinnati to some destination". The airline wants the passenger to recompense them for the "tariff abuse". There's a reason the New York Times' Ethicist gave his seal of approval to "hidden city' ticketing - when consumers buy something they're under no obligation to use the entire product".