Genius Man Used One First Class Aeroplane Ticket To Eat Free For A Year

Genius man used one first class aeroplane ticket to eat free for a year

Airports are often terrible places to be. There are too many people rushing somewhere combined with too many cranky folks leaving somewhere mixed with annoying obstacles in the form of TSA security and rolling luggages. But it's just like that for us normal folk. For first class flyers? It's like being a rock star. One genius man took advantage of his rock star status and used one single first class aeroplane ticket to eat food for free for an entire year.

It's an absolutely brilliant ploy. You see, when you have a first class ticket, you can stroll into the fanciest VIP airport lounge and grab whatever you want because once you're inside that VIP lounge, anything you want -- yes, including food -- is free. relays a report from Kwong Wah Yit Poh of a genius man in China who took advantage of the free perks of those airport lounges. He booked a first class ticket on China Eastern Airlines and went to the VIP airport lounge at the Xi'an airport in Shaanxi, China and ate a delicious meal before his flight. Just like any first class traveller would. Except he never takes the flight. After he finished eating, the man changed his flight's departure for another day and went back home. Until tomorrow. Armed with a brand new first class ticket for a new day, he comes back to the airport lounge, eats another fantastic free meal and after he finishes up, yep, pushes his flight back again. Lather. Eat. Repeat. For free.

In fact, he pretty much got a year of free meals out of this trick because he changed his flight itinerary over 300 times in the same year. The man sure knows how to work a loophole.

The best part though? When China Eastern Airlines started investigating this heroic man for changing his flights too many times, he simply canceled his aeroplane ticket and got a full refund. Well done, sir. Well done.

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    Done the same thing here in Australia with both my Qantas gold and Virgin Gold member cards in domestic, they don't check for tickets you just go through security, go to the lounge, flash your card eat and drink, leave the terminal.

      thatd work but the food is so utterly terrible in the airline lounges in New Zealand that no one would bother

    Isn't this just stealing? You could also say a guy who points a gun at a cashier and gets free things is clever too

      How is it stealing? He was doing a perfectly legal thing, and following their rules.

      Even if it was, who gives a f...... If you can get a leg up in this crap world then good for you.

    Not really "free". He had to buy the initial ticket. Then, i would almost 100% believe, it would cost him to push his flight back a day. Well, in Australia, it would. Not sure about China. Then there's travel to and from the airport ON A DAILY BASIS, including the cost of parking.

    Yes, a very expensive, VIP, luxurious dinner CHEAP... But not free.

      This guy is the patron saint of Ozbargain.

        I dunno, hes coming close to the guy who went to mcdonalds and asked for 3 scopes of icecream with topping in a cup to save like 1 dollar over a mcflurry.

      Last paragraph does say he got a refund for the ticket. Technically the transport shouldn't be added to the cost of the meals so they were still free.

      I know where I'm taking my next date.

        You have a point, but he did this DAILY. I don't go out for dinner DAILY. And he only got the refund on his ticket because he was investigated and cancelled his ticket.

      Why would it cost him to push his flight?
      I haven't flown first class, but I have travelled on a full-fare domestic economy ticket here in Australia for business (rather than the discounted tickets that us plebs usually buy online). Yes the ticket cost more (way more), but they are 100% flexible. I would often either finish my business early, so rather than having to wait I could just get on an earlier flight ("Yes sir, the next flight is in 10mins. Would you like an window or aisle seat?"). Occasionally I'd get held up in traffic and totally miss my flight. No problem. Whenever I would arrive at the airport, late or early, I'd just rock up to the service counter and I'd be on the very next flight.

      If he was in Shanghai he'd get the high speed train to the airport, it costs peanuts. If the food is comparable to a high end restaurant (which in China it could well be), he'd have recouped his initial investment easily

    No, QANTAS definitely offers fully flexible, refundable and transferrable fares, even in economy (though they cost more that the non-refundable ones). I presume that business class and first class fares are likewise transferrable and refundable.

    Hope the airport was close by.

      Maybe he slept there? if so, it's a great way to rough it!

        Shower, massage, gym, wifi, beds. If he played it right he could have done it.

          First time I read that as "Shower, massage, gym, wife, beds." ----

    Perhaps he actually worked at the airport and hence the daily trip was part of his regular journey to work. Otherwise it just doesnt seem cost effective given how much it costs to get to and from airports usually (unless they have a free train service or something in China)

      I feel like if he worked there it would have been mentioned in the article. He's obviously not poor (could afford to pay for his first class ticket in the first place) - maybe he did it for kicks (or bragging rights) rather than for money saving purposes.

    Wouldn't work in Melbourne very well where airport parking seems like it costs $10 a minute these days.

      Try Sydney. $25 for 45 mins.

        Cost me $150 for an overnight stay in the Intl Airport Parking lot!!!!!

        I saw a parking lot in Sydney that was like $20 for 30min. I believe it was near Australia Square

    Someone's paying for it somewhere down the line - be that other first class travellers or possibly all travellers on that airline. Nothing is free - he just externalised the cost like a corporation does.

      usually the first class ticket pays for the first class perks - after all they do cost a lot of money

    unless he walks to the airport, certainly not free. plus, surely this guy had better shiz to do than go there everyday.. like.. a job? i dunno

    Definitely impossible on airlines such as British Airways. The sneering look of suspicion & disgust at yet another potential criminal would be enough to scare this dude away!

    Last edited 30/01/14 11:18 am

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