This Guy Got 300 Free Meals Thanks to One First Class Airline Ticket
January 29, 2014 at 4:03PM by Zoe Bain | 8 Comment
Since flying keeps getting more and more expensive, it’s no surprise that a man who tricked an airline into giving him 300 free meals thanks to one first class ticket is being heralded as a hero. According to Eater, a Chinese man bought one first-class plane ticket and would show up to the first class VIP lounge at Xi’an airport to enjoy a free meal. After eating he would change his ticket to a different day and then return again to eat and change his flight. Three-hundred complimentary meals later and the airline finally started to get suspicious. Once they began an investigation though, the swindler simply cancelled his ticket altogether and — wait for it — received a FULL refund.
I can see how easily this happened. But I also wonder what took the airline so long to figure it out! Access to a First Class or VIP lounge in most foreign countries equates to a free meal and more. Our U.S. based airline clubs generally offer only snacks and some non alcoholic beverages, surcharge for alcohol. Foreign clubs offer things like sushi, sandwiches, soup, hot bowls of noodles, fancy pastries, and some hot entree’s. And all the beer, wine and liquor you can consume!
I once had the spend the better part of the day in a Singapore Airlines lounge in Hong Kong. My flight was delayed, then I was able to parlay my China Airlines ticket into a Singapore Airlines first class ticket. The downside was having to wait about 10 hours for the flight. I was also able to shower and shave in the lounge facilities, even though my bag was checked. Life was good back then……..