The German national airline, Lufthansa, is seeking legal action against a customer who did not travel on the final leg of their flight.
The airline believes the passenger exploited a commonly used loophole known as ‘skiplagging’; purchasing a cheaper ticket through its multi-trip fares system with no intention of flying on the last leg.
An initial court case came down in the passenger’s favour in December 2016, but Lufthansa has now been granted permission to appeal the decision and continue to pursue payment from the unnamed traveller.
The passenger is said to have booked a ticket from Seattle to Frankfurt and then on to Oslo, but he failed to board the connecting flight to Oslo and boarded a plane to Berlin on a separate ticket instead.
An increasing number of passengers are taking advantage of this travel hack, using sites like Skiplagged to uncover cheaper hidden fares. On the homepage it reads “Our flights are so cheap, United sued us… but we won,” in reference to a 2015 court case.