German airline Lufthansa is taking one of its passengers to court for using something commonly referred to as the "hidden city" loophole.
If we had the choice, we would be jetting off to exotic, far away places multiple times a year. Sadly, for most of us anyway, that will always be a pipedream. Life gets in the way of us doing that for a number of different reasons. We have to go to work, someone needs to look after the kids, we don't have an endless amount of money, those sorts of things.
Truth be told, if that last one wasn't an issue then the other two wouldn't matter so much. If we had lots of money then we wouldn't need to work, and the kids could come along with us. For those of us without that money, we look for every way that we can to lower the price of an otherwise expensive trip or holiday.
Some do that by using a method called the "hidden city" loophole when booking flights. What it involves is booking a cheaper flight with a layover where the layover is actually where you want to end up. You simply don't take that next leg of your trip. Airlines obviously don't like it when passengers do this. In fact, German airline Lufthansa dislikes the loophole so much that it has taken a man to court over it.
CNN Travel reports that an unnamed man was flying from Seattle to Oslo with a layover in Frankfurt. However, said passenger switched things up in Frankfurt and hopped on a flight to Berlin instead. Seems fair enough, but Lufthansa doesn't think so. The airline believes it is a violation of its terms and conditions and is therefore suing the passenger for almost $2400.
When it comes to precedent in this case, the law seems to favor the passenger. In 2014, United Airlines took legal action against a 22-year-old who had set up a site that helped potential passengers take advantage of the hidden city method. In that instance, the case was thrown out due to the young man responsible not doing business in the city where the case took place.