Lufthansa reportedly sued a passenger after he purposely missed a flight

Mae Love
February 13, 2019

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.

The German airline Lufthansa sued a passenger in 2018 after he failed to board the final leg of his flight from Seattle to Oslo, CNN reports. So far a court has found in favour of the passenger - but now Lufthansa is appealing.

It is known as skiplagging, whereby a passenger books a flight from A-B-C but only intends to fly A-B. The hack is named after the website Skiplagged, an airfare search engine that claims to "expose loopholes to save your money".

Airlines do routinely warn passengers that they may be pursued for payment if they don't show up for a leg of their multi-stop flight.

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".

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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". "You will have to pay any difference between the price you have paid and the total fare we calculate for your revised carriage".

The most common mistake passengers make is to deliberately miss the first flight, and in doing so accidentally cancel the entire itinerary.

The practice does carry several risks for passengers, too.

There are risks that come with such travel however, with seasoned "tariff abusers" travelling with only cabin baggage, because hold luggage is usually checked through to its final destination.

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