German district court rules in favor of pax in hidden city case

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Old Feb 13, 19, 3:49 am
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Doubt it. The average Joe thinks this is all too complicated, especially since you can't check in your luggage. Big corporation suing a maximiser can generate two sentiments: confirmation that all big companies are bad or shadenfreude that someone who could play the system got 'caught'.
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Old Feb 13, 19, 4:55 am
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Is LH only going against that particular pax or they are suing every single hidden city users?

I don't think LH will win the case as LH has no extra cost for having a pax finishes his journey early - plus if LH sold his seat to another paying passenger LH is getting double paid.
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Old Feb 13, 19, 4:59 am
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Originally Posted by Often1 View Post

Presuming that LH has a decent word processing program, it too can make this right.
Given the state of LH IT, that’s a big ask
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Old Feb 13, 19, 6:19 am
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And FT's frontpage article reports nonsense (not for the first time).

According to the article the passenger bought a ticket from Oslo to Seattle via Frankfurt and did not fly the transatlantic leg of the trip. This is nonsense. The article the author cited correctly (I assume) states like all other articles on this topic that the passengers did not board the last leg (FRA-OSL) on the return trip.

Also the author used a wrong airport code for Oslo.
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Old Feb 13, 19, 6:29 am
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Is LH only going against that particular pax or they are suing every single hidden city users?
Only this case is public. However I am confident they are not suing every single hidden city users. I am going to assume this is the only case, and I wonder why this one in particular.
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Old Feb 13, 19, 7:48 am
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In this case the respondent not only dropped the last leg of the ticket, but also specifically booked a seperate ticket on LH to get home to TXL from FRA which was in direct conflict with the other ticket. The latter part was the obvious evidence that he never had any intention to use the rest of the ticket. My feeling is that LH thought this would convince the judge. The judge denied the ruling because of a technicality about how a calculation of the penalty can be done for a passenger, not disputing the fact that the customer was in breach of the contract.

That said the ruling cannot be used by others, the legal system in Germany is unlike the Anglo-Saxon system where precendents count and contracts have to go into or cover every possibile potential situation. So even if the appeal is decided in favor of LH, they have to sue each customer separately and each case is heard individually.
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LH won't win this in a German court.
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Old Feb 13, 19, 9:38 am
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Originally Posted by Often1 View Post
LH did not lose on the hidden city ticketing grounds, but on the grounds that its COC were unclear and that the passenger cannot determine what he will be required to pay if he engaged in hidden city ticketing fraud. If LH loses on appeal, it can amend its COC quite easily as AF has already done.

Presuming that LH has a decent word processing program, it too can make this right.
It it were that easy they could have done it. They even fail in making their COC part of the contract. I have not seen a single OTA booking in Germany where the COC were part of the contract. It is wishful thinking for the carriers.
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Old Feb 13, 19, 9:59 am
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Is the LH COC part of the contract if one purchases the ticket directly from LH, for example from the LH website?
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Old Feb 13, 19, 10:37 am
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The COC and fare rules of the ticket are the contract.
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Old Feb 13, 19, 1:24 pm
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The COC and fare rules of the ticket are the contract.
I am aware that certain people from DC know everything better than others and this includes German law. However, GTCs like COCs and fare rules only become binding in a civilised jurisdiction like ours when they were made known to the other party and are accepted by the other party. If not, our Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch applies. In a civilized jurisdiction a contract does not require 100 pages but just the essentialia negotii and these are simple: I pay 100 Euro and you fly me from A to B. And unless the airline does not manage to make GTCs part of the contract, everything else is to be found in the civil code. Quite comfortable, believe me.
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Old Feb 13, 19, 1:29 pm
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Is the LH COC part of the contract if one purchases the ticket directly from LH, for example from the LH website?
I restrict my answer again to the German market: if they have a link on their website to the COC in a language understandable to the average customer (German) yes. If not, no. LH tries a intermediate route by using symbols and small spreadsheets for certain rules. I would consider the information contained in there as binding. You will however find nothing about the question relevant in this discussion.
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Old Feb 13, 19, 2:32 pm
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I am not a German lawyer, but was tought that general conditions applicable to customers got very much scrutinized by German courts. Accordingly, I hope that a German court would not consider the disputed provisions of the COC as opposable to the customer.

To my view, any obligation for the customer to fly should not be enforced by the court, whether on the first legs or last. If the airlines wish to segment the market, they should find other ways.
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Old Feb 13, 19, 3:12 pm
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But surely, those of us and other maximizers who do this sort of thing are such a minority that it's hardly worth all the effort and money of pursuing? I have not even done it myself, having always needed to fly the flights booked, and that alone makes me think that really very few people do this in the end. The way we are writing and discussing here sounds as if millions of people are doing it. I know of one friend who was doing it, leaving from BUD instead of VIE, and I cautioned him to be very careful about doing it. Maybe once or twice, ok, but not every time.
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Old Feb 13, 19, 6:43 pm
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Originally Posted by oliver2002 View Post
In this case the respondent not only dropped the last leg of the ticket, but also specifically booked a seperate ticket on LH to get home to TXL from FRA which was in direct conflict with the other ticket. The latter part was the obvious evidence that he never had any intention to use the rest of the ticket. My feeling is that LH thought this would convince the judge. The judge denied the ruling because of a technicality about how a calculation of the penalty can be done for a passenger, not disputing the fact that the customer was in breach of the contract.

That said the ruling cannot be used by others, the legal system in Germany is unlike the Anglo-Saxon system where precendents count and contracts have to go into or cover every possibile potential situation. So even if the appeal is decided in favor of LH, they have to sue each customer separately and each case is heard individually.
I can easily see how a good lawyer can turn this into: my client should be able to purchase any number of items and decide freely whether to use any or all at all.
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