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Man uses first-class ticket to get free meals for almost a year
Relax.com ^ | Jan 24 2014

Posted on 01/27/2014 8:04:57 AM PST by Gamecock

A man bought a first-class ticket and used it to have free meals and drinks at the airport's VIP lounge almost every day for nearly a year, Kwong Wah Yit Poh reported.

The itinerary for the ticket was found to have been changed more than 300 times within a year, and the owner of the ticket used it to enjoy the facilities at the airport's VIP lounge in Xi'an in Shaanxi, China.

The rare case was discovered by a China Eastern Airlines staff member, who then decided to investigate.

When the ticket's validity was almost up, the passenger cancelled it for a refund.

An airlines spokesman said there were no means to stop this act, even if it was done on purpose. However, many netizens lauded the passenger for being smart, rather than condemning him.


TOPICS: Travel
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1 posted on 01/27/2014 8:04:57 AM PST by Gamecock
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To: Gamecock

That man would positively THRIVE in our entitlement system here.


2 posted on 01/27/2014 8:05:58 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Larry Lucido; F15Eagle
Does the Diplomat Club even have food?
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This wouldn't be worth it in most US airport clubs as the food is terrible. Plus I wouldn't want to deal with the TSA every day.

Personally I could almost live in the British Airways Lounges at London Heathrow or the Lufthansa First Class Terminal in Frankfurt.

3 posted on 01/27/2014 8:08:22 AM PST by Gamecock (If you like your constitution, you can keep your constitution. Period. (M.S.))
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To: Gamecock
The term Netizen is a portmanteau of the English words Internet and citizen. It is defined as an entity or person actively involved in online communities and a user of the Internet, especially an avid one.

I just have a green card!

4 posted on 01/27/2014 8:09:01 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: Gamecock

Years ago, the little airports in Wisconsin were the places to go for Sunday diner.


5 posted on 01/27/2014 8:09:41 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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6 posted on 01/27/2014 8:10:22 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: Gamecock

Very enterprising of him.

Those who applauded him, don’t understand they will be the ones paying for those meals and drinks when they fly.


7 posted on 01/27/2014 8:12:06 AM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Gamecock

Quite brilliant, actually. If no signs are posted that you can’t do this, or it doesn’t say so on the ticket, then it’s the airport’s fault.

Everything needs to be idiot/scam-proofed these days. Lots of TAKERS out there!


8 posted on 01/27/2014 8:13:37 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Gamecock
However, many netizens lauded the passenger for being smart, rather than condemning him.

Chinese netizens, most likely. Other FR posters have said that a successful scam is considered praiseworthy in Chinese culture.

9 posted on 01/27/2014 8:13:51 AM PST by Spirochete (Does the FedGov have the attributes of a legitimate government?)
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To: Gamecock
A man bought a first-class ticket and used it to have free meals and drinks at the airport's VIP lounge almost every day for nearly a year, Kwong Wah Yit Poh reported. The itinerary for the ticket was found to have been changed more than 300 times within a year, and the owner of the ticket used it to enjoy the facilities at the airport's VIP lounge in Xi'an in Shaanxi, China....When the ticket's validity was almost up, the passenger cancelled it for a refund.

Clever man.

10 posted on 01/27/2014 8:14:18 AM PST by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: Gamecock

Yes - the domestic first class and club lounges are patterned on a different model. There’s no comparison.


11 posted on 01/27/2014 8:17:12 AM PST by ladyjane
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To: Gamecock

Emirates lounges are alos good.

American Airlines lounge. . .the worst.


12 posted on 01/27/2014 8:19:52 AM PST by Hulka
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To: Spirochete

Unless the scamee is a Communist Party Official, then you’re liable to get a bullet in the brain.


13 posted on 01/27/2014 8:21:05 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Spirochete

“Chinese netizens, most likely. Other FR posters have said that a successful scam is considered praiseworthy in Chinese culture.”

That is certainly true. Just imagine a huge country run by thousands of Bernie Madoff clones....


14 posted on 01/27/2014 8:36:24 AM PST by proxy_user
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Years ago, the little airports in Wisconsin were the places to go for Sunday dinner.

The same was true of the Toledo Express Airport many years ago. (cannot place the time frame) One could enjoy a great dinner while watching the planes come in. Special experience as a child.

15 posted on 01/27/2014 8:38:50 AM PST by madison10
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To: madison10

It was a kinder, gentler time.


16 posted on 01/27/2014 8:41:25 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: Gamecock

What was his name? Mr. Lun Chi Xiong Yu?


17 posted on 01/27/2014 8:45:36 AM PST by csvset
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To: Gamecock; F15Eagle
I don't know that there's a Seinfeld reference on point, but there is a Married with Children reference.

I give you, Axel Bundy, of Shoes and Socks!


18 posted on 01/27/2014 8:55:47 AM PST by Larry Lucido (If you like your all your base, you can keep your all your base. - CATS)
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To: csvset

Sum Ting Wong?


19 posted on 01/27/2014 8:56:54 AM PST by JohnnyP
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To: Larry Lucido; F15Eagle
George and Kramer go to the airport to pick up Jerry and they wait at the Diplomat Club. Kramer cons George into buying refundable tickets to collect the frequent flyer miles, but get nonrefundable ones because they are cheaper.
20 posted on 01/27/2014 9:01:15 AM PST by Gamecock (If you like your constitution, you can keep your constitution. Period. (M.S.))
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To: Gamecock

Although I agree with you about Chinese airlines in general, it seems that you have never flown Singapore Airlines. ;-)

Those people know how to treat their customers.


21 posted on 01/27/2014 9:02:13 AM PST by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (What we need is to sucker the fedthugs into a "Tiananmen Square"-like incident on the National Mall!)
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To: Spirochete
Other FR posters have said that a successful scam is considered praiseworthy in Chinese culture. ...........and Nigeria as well ;-)
22 posted on 01/27/2014 9:06:27 AM PST by varon (Para bellum)
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To: Gamecock; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows

Eh. he had to keep going back an hour later.


23 posted on 01/27/2014 9:20:29 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: Gamecock

It’s probably reasons like this that caused the US airlines to now charge hefty fees for changing you ticket’s itinerary.


24 posted on 01/27/2014 9:23:46 AM PST by Apple Pan Dowdy (... as American as Apple Pie)
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To: Apple Pan Dowdy

Nah.

He bought a very expensive fully changeable ticket. Change it on the spot, as often as you like.

We have those too. Usually they are bought by business folks who need flexibility.


25 posted on 01/27/2014 9:28:42 AM PST by Gamecock (If you like your constitution, you can keep your constitution. Period. (M.S.))
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To: Gamecock

Swiss air seemed very awesome. 8hr flight to Zurich was long.


26 posted on 01/27/2014 9:44:06 AM PST by bicyclerepair (TERM LIMITS TERM LIMITS TERM LIMITS)
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To: Spirochete
a successful scam is considered praiseworthy in Chinese culture.

Comes from Confucianism and other deep layers of Chinese culture.

Their culture is at root one of amoral familism, which is very common, indeed the norm, for human societies.

People owe everything to their families, and nothing to anybody outside their families. Thus a scam that benefits the family at others' expense is admirable.

http://www.amazon.com/Moral-Backward-Society-Edward-Banfield/dp/0029015103

27 posted on 01/27/2014 10:08:55 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Gamecock
Personally I could almost live in the British Airways Lounges at London Heathrow or the Lufthansa First Class Terminal in Frankfurt.

Agreed. Besides the good food, the 7 nozzle showers at BA LHR are something else. The Cathy Pacific lounge in Hong Kong is also quite scrumptious. The Swiss Air First Class Zurich Lounges even have sleeping "rooms". The Qatar Airlines Business Class lounge in Qatar is a whole terminal "island" with hot food prepared on request and unlimited pistachio deserts. I'm sure the First Class lounge there must be incredible.

28 posted on 01/27/2014 1:40:48 PM PST by The Truth Will Make You Free
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise
Those people know how to treat their customers.<<

So did Holly Ann and Mary back in ‘67 on my 1st R+R from vietnam...I still have the pictures!
(cant post them here though)

29 posted on 01/27/2014 7:48:32 PM PST by M-cubed
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