26 Responses

  1. Trevor
    Trevor at |

    In any system you are going to have people that abuse the system…. Are there any reports as to whether the lounge is actually worth eating in 300 days a year? I’m not sure I could even do that at the Lufthansa First Class Terminal… Ok… I probably could there… but, I’m imagining the China Eastern lounge more like a United Club..

  2. Tim
    Tim at |

    I find nothing wrong with this. It would never occur to me to do it, but I have no problems with it. Sounds like a nice find to me.

    1. Joelfreak
      Joelfreak at |

      Sounds like the sequel to Supersize Me and Up in the Air all at once…

  3. Dennis
    Dennis at |

    Wouldn’t be hard to do, just book a refundable premium cabin ticket each day, go eat, leave and cancel ticket before departure…..I hope the airline would catch up with this.

  4. ChiliPalmer
    ChiliPalmer at |

    Definitely doesn’t feel right, but it’s a impressive thought.

    If you get some value from your ticket, you shouldn’t be able to refund it. Check in and go to the lounge? Then you should be past the point of changeability.

  5. Jeff
    Jeff at |

    Well either the airline won’t care because the passenger isn’t negatively financially affecting them enough, or they’ll put a lifetime ban on the customer.

  6. Chris
    Chris at |

    That’s a photo of Qatar Premium Terminal in Doha. The glass was the first thing that gave it away, then the hold decor.

  7. Points with a Crew
    Points with a Crew at |

    Seems shady to me. On the other hand, it seems like a scheme that I’d come up with… 😀

  8. Jonathan
    Jonathan at |

    Wow. If you really want to change the ticket, drive to the airport, obtain a boarding pass, and clear security every single day just to eat in the lounge for free, well then, I think you deserve to eat for free.

  9. Mike
    Mike at |

    Guy is most likely chinese. What do you expect? They are one of the world stingiest(sp?) stingy people around.

  10. Alan
    Alan at |

    I can’t imagine the food is too good there judging from my experience in non hub loune in China. There are some lounges that I can probably do it like SZX, PVG, PEK. But I would take a break from time to time….

  11. Jade
    Jade at |

    It is nothing to do being chinese or not. The guy is creative although it sounds a hassle to do so. However, the airline system needs to be fixed/modified quickly so that such things won’t happen again in the future.

  12. alohadavekennedy
    alohadavekennedy at |

    Mmmmm – free Chinese takeout food! And free medical care (x-rays), too?

  13. JS
    JS at |

    I’ve eaten the food in the lounge at XIY. Believe me, it’s not worth the trip to the airport. Same thing could be bought on the street for a few $.
    Now if he were in Beijing, that might be a different story…

  14. Suzy
    Suzy at |

    Seems excessive and I certainly wouldn’t go thru the effort although I’ve done my version at a Delta club a few years ago. Was flying a different airline and wanted to use my Amex Platinum to get into the lounge but was told I had to be flying DL. So I stepped aside in the lounge and called reservations and booked a refundable ticket to somewhere within 3 hours. Got the confirmation number, went back to the club desk to the same person with my booking number and asked to have my boarding pass printed. Gave my Amex Platinum card and enjoyed the lounge. Sat down and called to cancel my reservation. Thought I was pretty clever.

  15. Ron
    Ron at |

    There has to be to this story. Suspect someone was being billed for first class tickets almost daily.

  16. Jeffsetter
    Jeffsetter at |

    I’ve been doing it wrong this entire time!

  17. JonJal
    JonJal at |

    The airlines screw you every day (change fees, non-refundable fares, bag fees and so on) – so why not pay them back in their own coin?

  18. Lanny
    Lanny at |

    As others have posted, I just don’t think I could handle doing this.
    I was at the PVG China Eastern Lounge and the food was disgusting.
    I could hardly handle the 1 visit and hope to never fly them or visit their lounges again!
    But pretty tricky all and all.

  19. Satish
    Satish at |

    Great news to laugh at!!!

    BTW was “Carry Out” part of his deal?
    Wouldn’t be fantastic to feed entire family (bonus – relatives too) on greedy air line industry’s dime.

  20. PY
    PY at |

    If I live by the airport, that might be worth the run if I don’t have to pay for transportation (some places have free shuttles to the airport)… just the time issue if most of us are working but for a jobless person / retired adventurer, this could be a possibility….
    In NY Chinatown, there are free bus rides to the cainos provided by the casinos and they also throw in $20 so lots of people were going there daily for the $20, which pays for both lunch and dinner for 2 in Chinatown! 😀

  21. BobChi
    BobChi at |

    Anyone else wonder whether China is really the place to play this kind of game? Does he have someone high up protecting him? I wouldn’t want some airline executive calling a buddy somewhere in the security apparatus to investigate what’s going on.

  22. DaninSTL
    DaninSTL at |

    At some point you cross the line of being unethical in this crazy travel world we try to hack daily. There are levels. Basically the are:
    1. Against the “spirit” of the rules (many of us take advantage of that).
    2. Unethical. You know it’s wrong but maybe not immoral so you do it.
    3. Immoral. You are outright stealing (although technically not illegal) and trying not to get caught.
    4. Illegal.

    Anyway you could combine several of the above and or your own levels. This one seems to be against several of these levels. A better choice would be to get a credit card or purchase lounge access and use that. Sure it’s not as free but may be less trouble than all the booking of tickets and refunding them daily. Being China maybe it’s harder to get lounge access though other methods.

    Nice post. Thanks.

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  24. rob
    rob at |

    Lucky always talked the talk about “living” in the LH FCT

    But he’s all talk

    This guy walks the walk

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