Getty Images Gary Hershorn 19659004] Lufthansa sued a man who deliberately fai led to a connecting flight from Frankfurt to Oslo, but the lawsuit has nothing to do with the delay of the passenger s to do.
The passenger used a clever travel hack, often referred to as a "hidden city". A trip with a stopover is booked and stayed in the intermediate city instead of driving to the final destination. Flights with connections are far cheaper than direct flights, which are preferable if you want to keep your time in tight aircraft cabins and busy airports as short as possible.
CNN illustrated the scheme in his account of the story:
For example, someone flying from New York to San Francisco could book a cheaper trip from New York to Lake Tahoe with a stopover in San Francisco and get off there , without worrying about the last leg of the flight.
CNN also recognized the court file and also explained how the man circumvented the additional airfare:
An unnamed male passenger booked a return flight from Oslo to Seattle had a stopover in Frankfurt. The passenger used all routes of the outward flight, but did not catch the return flight from Frankfurt to Oslo. Instead, he flew with a separate Lufthansa reservation from Frankfurt to Berlin.
Lufthansa is now demanding compensation for the man in the amount of $ 2,385, alleging that the airline has been wrongly played. The lawsuit was initially dismissed by a Berlin court, but the carrier has appealed against the decision, a CNN spokesman confirmed.
"Hidden City" ticketing tricks are a well-documented and fairly common hacker recommended by travel experts as a savvy method for the game. Among the myriad ways to reduce airfares, some websites recommend traveling with outward flights only, which are often cheaper than return airfare.