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Abusing Airline Lounges -- Smart Or Stupid?

Fri Jul 11, 2014 6:10 pm

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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RE: Abusing Airline Lounges -- Smart Or Stupid?

Fri Jul 11, 2014 6:39 pm

This is what you call a moron!  
 
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RE: Abusing Airline Lounges -- Smart Or Stupid?

Fri Jul 11, 2014 7:00 pm

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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RE: Abusing Airline Lounges -- Smart Or Stupid?

Fri Jul 11, 2014 7:17 pm

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.
 
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RE: Abusing Airline Lounges -- Smart Or Stupid?

Fri Jul 11, 2014 7:21 pm

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.
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RE: Abusing Airline Lounges -- Smart Or Stupid?

Fri Jul 11, 2014 7:22 pm

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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RE: Abusing Airline Lounges -- Smart Or Stupid?

Fri Jul 11, 2014 8:42 pm

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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RE: Abusing Airline Lounges -- Smart Or Stupid?

Sat Jul 12, 2014 2:39 am

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.
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RE: Abusing Airline Lounges -- Smart Or Stupid?

Sat Jul 12, 2014 8:53 am

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.

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RE: Abusing Airline Lounges -- Smart Or Stupid?

Sat Jul 12, 2014 1:44 pm

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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RE: Abusing Airline Lounges -- Smart Or Stupid?

Sat Jul 12, 2014 10:10 pm

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.

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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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