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  1. chitownflyer
    chitownflyer at |

    The judge decided that the man had violated the conditions of travel by visiting the lounge 36 times without flying and then trying the same Spiel(play) again the next year with the refunding of the previous ticket and purchase of a new ticket. The fee for each lounge visit was determined to be 55 Euros times 36 lounge visits, and it equals 1980 Euros. Wer bucht, muss auch fliegen( who books, must also fly).

    It would have been one thing for the customer to buy the ticket and change it throughout the year and finally take the flight, although I do not see this as appropriate. The fact that he refunded the ticket and then attempted to do the same thing again and continuously make use of the LH lounges is not acceptable. The 1980 Euros would have been better spent towards buying and actual Lufthansa flying on long haul international flights towards earning either LH Frequent Traveler or Senator status. In the end, he bought some very expensive airport buffet food.

  2. DaninSTL
    DaninSTL at |

    HA HA that’s what can happen when you cheat the system.

    One of my favorite quotes is from the movie Garden’s of Stone:
    “…some days the bear eats you.
    Others, you eat it. “

  3. DavidB
    DavidB at |

    Reminds me of the great SIN SilverKris lounge binges of the early 2000s. Back then SQ still sold fully flexible/refundable F tickets between SIN-KUL which were a quite reasonable S$300 or so. This, of course, gave entry to the ultra-luxe F section of the lounge where the Dom flowed freely and a full course dinner buffet loomed. Many an FTer learned this was one of the better ways to pass a hot/humid day or evening in Singapore, cancelling the ticket once settled into the first glass of Dom. No more F fares to KUL (or anywhere else in the region), so the purchase of a flex F ticket is considerably more these days, lounge attendants more alert of who’s hanging around for an extra-long visit, so the binges have pretty much come to an end.

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  5. Carl
    Carl at |

    hmm, reminds me of someone else that supposedly got banned from a U.S. airline for doing the same thing, but instead of lounge access, it was bump vouchers.

    1. Oliver
      Oliver at |

      Bet it was a Boarding Area blogger.

  6. Points to be Made
    Points to be Made at |

    Makes me wonder…would the Judge’s decision that he must fly the sector (in these circumstances) make a stronger case for airlines who are fighting against passengers throwing away final sectors?

    Seems a different scenario at first, but the premise is that he is using the original ticket in an unintended manner

  7. semi-anonymous
    semi-anonymous at |

    Worst I’ve ever done is use a refundable ticket to get through security to access a lounge I was otherwise entitled to access (and, yes, that I technically had access to even without a corresponding flight segment) where trying to get a gate pass to get through security was more hassle than it was worth (also, a refundable ticket generally got me access to the PreCheck lane, where a gate pass wouldn’t).

    I view that as something that is a bypass of dumb TSA policies, not anything involving the airlines or their access rules at all. In the rare (4 or 5 in my lifetime that I can recall) times I did this, I always picked lightly-loaded flights and only held the ticket for as long as it took to get through security before canceling out the space for others to use.

    I agree that accessing a lounge on a premium-cabin ticket where you have a) no other legitimate means of access and also no intent to actually travel on the ticket is crossing the ethical/moral line.

  8. Lee
    Lee at |

    Yea, it was BA blogger. A famous one at that. Actual fraud was multiple re-use of the eCerts.

    1. WA fan
      WA fan at |

      Yeah and he was the same one who said he wanted to live in the FRA FCT. Surprised he didn’t do something like that. Then again maybe he did and didn’t get caught.

  9. LH successfully sued pax for rebooking ticket 36 times and using the lounge each time - Page 4 - FlyerTalk Forums

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