Thursday, February 14, 2019

Germany’s largest airline, Lufthansa, is suing a passenger who skipped the last leg of a booked flight, to save 2500 dollars in a clever plan called “skip lagging.”

Skip lagging is a money-saving method where passengers leave their flight at a layover instead of the final destination. For example, a traveler hoping to go to Dallas could book a cheaper flight to Seattle with a layover in the Texas hub.

Airlines aren’t fans of the manuever as it can delay flights, but it gives them an excuse to raise fares

In the Lufthansa case, the unnamed passenger was supposed to fly to Oslo from Seattle via Frankfurt in April 2016. However, he skipped a connecting flight and returned from Frankfurt to Berlin on a separate ticket.

So far, courts haven’t been on the airlines’ side of this battle.

In this case, a lower court in Germany has already ruled in the passenger’s favor, but Lufthansa is appealing. It’s rare for an airline to pursue this action and even rarer for it to pursue it this vigorously.

I posted about this in 2014

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