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Man exploits first-class air ticket to dine free for a year

May 19, 2014 Aviation, Headline News 2 Comments Email Email

egtmedia59A man from China bought a refundable first-class ticket aboard China Eastern Airlines and used it to dine sumptuously for a year, completely free, a tech blog has revealed.

The man’s technique was amazingly simple and perfectly legal.

About a year ago, the man bought a first-class ticket that came with a complimentary meal in the airline’s VIP lounge, reported.

Every day since the purchase, the man would turn up, eat a hearty meal, and then reschedule his flight for the following day. The next day he would return to the airport, eat, change his flight and go home. And so it went on.

Eventually, China Eastern worked out what the man was doing and confronted him. That was only after officials noticed that his ticket had been cancelled and re-booked 300 times over the course of one year.

That number of cancelations and rebookings is an astonishing total for any airline. The airline has presumably changed a few lines in the small print to prevent it happening again.

According to the reports, the man lost nothing through his actions. The ticket was fully refundable so, when told that his ruse had been sprung, the man simply cashed in the ticket and got all his money back.

Written by : Peter Needham

Currently there are "2 comments" on this Article:

  1. AgentGerko says:

    I must confess that, many decades ago in the era of paper tickets, it was not unknown for people from my then agency in Botany to write out a First Class ticket, nip over to the International Terminal for a few free drinks in the lounge and then back to the office to cancel the tickets. No bookings were actually made, just a ticket handwritten for a flight later that day. Nobody ever checked to see if there was a booking and if asked about checkin we’d just say that we were early and would checkin in about an hour. You always got the best grog in the First Class lounge. Ah, the wickedness of youth.

  2. Peter Needham says:

    That’s an interesting confession, AgentGerko. It seems Australia might have beaten the Chinese in dreaming up that one!

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