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Abusing Airline Lounges -- Smart Or Stupid?  
User currently offlineQatarA340 From Qatar, joined May 2006, 1844 posts, RR: 9
Posted (2 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1597 times:

A man's (stupid) quest to abuse the LH facilities, bought a refundable First Class ticket and used the lounge 36 times before finally refunding the ticket.

Court ruled against him and fined him!

Im not sure what LH policy is? Can a person cancel his ticket once he gets access to the lounge, which is airside and needs a passport check or at least for domestic flights requires a check-in?

Doesn't LH have a policy that if you cancel before a flight you get penalized as a no-show?

http://www.economist.com/blogs/gulli...s?fsrc=scn/fb/wl/bl/ticketonowhere


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User currently offline747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3623 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (2 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1454 times:

This is what you call a moron!  

User currently offlinetype-rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 5036 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (2 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1305 times:

I always thought that if you get lounge access with your first class ticket that lounge access was only good on the day of travel?
Over what length of time did this guys 36 visits take place? That fine could have bought him a whole bunch of wurst outside the airport.



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User currently offlineAviationAware From Germany, joined May 2014, 395 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (2 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1168 times:

I don't know if it's smart or stupid, but it's certainly pretty idiotic. I mean, lounges are okay to battle some of the nuisances of air travel, but they certainly don't make a good destination for a day trip.

User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19712 posts, RR: 58
Reply 4, posted (2 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1133 times:

Very stupid. Any well-run large company will be able to tell if you're cheating them and they have access to a lot more lawyers and politicians than you do. And this man just learned that.

User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6437 posts, RR: 17
Reply 5, posted (2 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1128 times:

Well, I'm being honest....since 9/11 and no more non-pax pass security...I have thought about buying a first class or full coach ticket, going through security just so I could do some photography, then saying I got an emergency call and can't fly today, can I get a refund? THOUGHT about it, never did it.


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User currently offlinelarshjort From Denmark, joined Dec 2007, 1473 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 759 times:

What he did was checkin, access the lounge, exit, get the ticket changed to another date since it was a full flexible ticket he bought
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User currently offlineaerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7191 posts, RR: 13
Reply 7, posted (2 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 596 times:

I thought you meant raiding the pepperjack cheese, crackers and carrot sticks in the UA Lounge before a transcontinental flight witout food....

There's nothing wrong with that, but there is something wrong with ticket changing just to stay in the lounge.


User currently offlineCXfirst From Norway, joined Jan 2007, 3068 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (2 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 521 times:

Wasn't there a story a while ago from China, where a man bought a full-fare China Eastern (?) ticket, ate his lunch in the lounge for a year, and when he got towards the limit of ticket changes (one year from original travel date), he cancelled it for a full refund. He didn't receive any fine or the like.

That story was on quite a few news sites, and I would bet this man got the idea from that.

-CXfirst



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User currently offlinetype-rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 5036 posts, RR: 19
Reply 9, posted (2 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 498 times:

There are people out there who stay awake at night trying to figure out how to get something for free by gaming the system.
I've known people who will buy a shirt on sale at one store, then take it to another store that sells the same brand and then since they don't have it on sale he gets a store credit for the full price of the shirt. Do this over and over again and you can build up
some serious store credit. It's a game they play.

In the end this guy could have bought several years of membership to the LH Senator Club lounge with the fines he paid. I'm kind of surprised his lawyer didn't suggest that to the court to cover all his charges.



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User currently offlineA333MSPtoAMS From United States of America, joined Sep 2013, 164 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (2 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 452 times:

Quoting CXfirst (Reply 8):

Wasn't there a story a while ago from China, where a man bought a full-fare China Eastern (?) ticket, ate his lunch in the lounge for a year, and when he got towards the limit of ticket changes (one year from original travel date), he cancelled it for a full refund. He didn't receive any fine or the like.

That story was on quite a few news sites, and I would bet this man got the idea from that.

-CXfirst

Yes, it was with China Eastern at Xi'an Airport.

http://nypost.com/2014/01/29/man-use...ane-ticket-to-eat-free-for-a-year/



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