Lufthansa is cracking down on a way for airline passengers to get cheaper fares-with a lawsuit that brings fresh attention to the practice.
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.
Experts said that carriers were becoming increasingly wise to so-called skiplagging: passengers who book a cheap multi-leg ticket that connects through a major city but then fail to board the final flight.
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Lufthansa saw this as a violation of their terms and conditions and is seeking €2,112 (around $2,385) in compensation. But instead of making the entire trip, he got off his return flight in Frankfurt.
Lufthansa declined Business Insider's request for comment.
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A Berlin district court dismissed Lufthansa's case in December. In 2015, United Airlines sued 22-year-old Aktarer Zaman who founded a site called Skiplagged.com. The hack is named after the website Skiplagged, an airfare search engine that claims to "expose loopholes to save your money". But Orbitz later settled its case with the site, and a judge dismissed United's portion of the suit in 2015 - mostly because the case was filed in IL and Skiplagged is based in NY.