Lufthansa Sues Passenger Who Deliberately Missed Flight

This Airline Is Suing a Passenger for Buying a Cheap Flight			    
  
         
      
         
    Jesse Tabit

However, passengers risk complications, unexpected rerouting and threats of legal action from airlines. If that sounds bananas, believe us: It is.

Airlines are unhappy with this as it can make it challenging to track passengers, it can cause delays as planes wait for flyers who never show, and that it unfairly takes advantage of the hub-and-spoke nature of airfares, which Lufthansa is particularly vulnerable to with Frankfurt and Munich airports.

It can be a sneaky way to save money on fares, with direct flights sometimes costing more than stopover journeys.

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

For example, someone hoping to travel from NY to Dallas might look for cheaper flights to Los Angeles that also stop in that city - and simply disembark there, rather than fly the full route to LAX.

The pricing strategies for "network carriers" such as Lufthansa, Air France and British Airways is underpinned by charging less for the more flights passengers take in one booking.

In addition, the practice could bring legal trouble, Skyscanner says, adding, "Even more likely, if you do this regularly, some airlines will kick you out of their rewards program".

Lufthansa is seeking to sue a passenger it claims intentionally missed a leg of their journey in order to secure a cheaper flight, it has been claimed. However, the airline alleges the passenger instead took a separately booked flight from Frankfurt to Berlin.

In December, a court in Berlin threw the case out.

Lufthansa is cracking down on a way for airline passengers to get cheaper fares-with a lawsuit that brings fresh attention to the practice.

The court ruled that Lufthansa's contract terms lack transparency and can't be used to recalculate airfare in a case such as this.

The more you bloody know.

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