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(Relax)   It's the ultimate airport scam: Man buys a first-class airline ticket so he can dine for free at the airport's VIP lounge, and then cancels the ticket at the last minute to get a refund. And he did it more than 300 times before getting caught   (relax.com.sg) divider line 100
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2014-01-26 09:56:53 AM
Rofl
 
2014-01-26 09:58:10 AM
Eh... dine... not so much... clever plan, but generally speaking, the food I've found in first class lounges is mostly stoner munchies and maybe a few decent wraps/sandwiches.
 
2014-01-26 09:58:47 AM
Chinese...

rofr
 
2014-01-26 10:01:08 AM
Ultimate Scam? I think this takes a pretty distant second to luggage fees, at worst.
 
2014-01-26 10:02:19 AM
Seems like a long road to take for a "free" meal.
 
2014-01-26 10:03:15 AM
Isn't there a cancellation fee? If there is, it's probably more than you'd pay for a meal at a restaurant.
 
2014-01-26 10:06:37 AM
You can take the left overs home, throw in some broth and baby, you got a stew going!
 
2014-01-26 10:08:18 AM
It's the least airlines could do considering all the molestation.

/Oh. China. NVM.
 
2014-01-26 10:08:21 AM
He's figured out the quarters!
 
2014-01-26 10:09:50 AM

stuhayes2010: Seems like a long road to take for a "free" meal.


How about 300 free meals?
 
2014-01-26 10:09:59 AM
It doesn't sound like much of a scam considering the people he is scamming don't seem to give one damn about it
 
2014-01-26 10:16:21 AM

abhorrent1: Isn't there a cancellation fee? If there is, it's probably more than you'd pay for a meal at a restaurant.


I was curious about this as well... I've never heard of being able to get all your money back for an airplane ticket.  Must have been some type of corporate or frequent flyer deal he had established.
 
2014-01-26 10:21:10 AM
This deserves the Hero tag.
 
2014-01-26 10:21:18 AM
It seems like China Eastern Airlines doesn't really seem to care and find this guy a bit amusing.   It makes sense, it is rare that someone would go to these levels for a free meal so I don't see this as something that is really going to cost anyone enough money to get too excited about, and they'd just look like jerks if them came down to hard on the rare weirdo who goes to rather extreme lengths for what is likely a rather poor free meal.
 
2014-01-26 10:22:04 AM

Alonjar: abhorrent1: Isn't there a cancellation fee? If there is, it's probably more than you'd pay for a meal at a restaurant.

I was curious about this as well... I've never heard of being able to get all your money back for an airplane ticket.  Must have been some type of corporate or frequent flyer deal he had established.


Usually first or business class tickets don't have cancellation fees.
 
2014-01-26 10:24:06 AM

abhorrent1: Isn't there a cancellation fee? If there is, it's probably more than you'd pay for a meal at a restaurant.


From the article it seems it was on just one ticket. 300 meals surely covers any cancellation fee on one ticket. And I'll not call you Shirley again.
 
2014-01-26 10:26:08 AM
So he had to go to the airport every day to eat? Rather buy my meals and save the time of going to the airport.
 
2014-01-26 10:27:53 AM
In other news. Eastern Airlines still exists
 
2014-01-26 10:34:30 AM

dobro: abhorrent1: Isn't there a cancellation fee? If there is, it's probably more than you'd pay for a meal at a restaurant.

From the article it seems it was on just one ticket. 300 meals surely covers any cancellation fee on one ticket. And I'll not call you Shirley again.


And I guess in china the airports have free parking? Must be nice. Here you have to park in a remote lot like 2 miles from the airport and pay like $40 to park.
 
2014-01-26 10:38:08 AM

abhorrent1: Isn't there a cancellation fee? If there is, it's probably more than you'd pay for a meal at a restaurant.


It sounds like the Chinese airlines just let you say "I want to go next week instead" and they just say "Ok" and postpone your journey for a while.

That, or this VIP lounge has awesome grub willing to jump through hoops for
 
2014-01-26 10:40:00 AM
I think this guy lives in the airport.

/I can tell by his bad euro accent
 
2014-01-26 10:40:24 AM

dobro: abhorrent1: Isn't there a cancellation fee? If there is, it's probably more than you'd pay for a meal at a restaurant.

From the article it seems it was on just one ticket. 300 meals surely covers any cancellation fee on one ticket. And I'll not call you Shirley again.



There's also change fees, sometime up to a couple hundred bucks.  At least that's my experience...but I never get any breaks on flight costs so I'm probably doing it wrong.  People come visit me paying <$200 for reasonable flight times.  I have yet to pay <$350 for a flight.  Even when I choose the $260 departure, the return I need always bumps things up at least another hundred.
 
2014-01-26 10:41:48 AM

abhorrent1: dobro: abhorrent1: Isn't there a cancellation fee? If there is, it's probably more than you'd pay for a meal at a restaurant.

From the article it seems it was on just one ticket. 300 meals surely covers any cancellation fee on one ticket. And I'll not call you Shirley again.

And I guess in china the airports have free parking? Must be nice. Here you have to park in a remote lot like 2 miles from the airport and pay like $40 to park.


Or he took mass transit.  There might not have been any added cost associated with that if he already has some sort of monthly pass.
 
2014-01-26 10:46:14 AM
This seems rather a silly expenditure of time on the man's part. If he has the money to pay for a first class ticket, he has the money to pay for the "free snacks."

This reminds me of my ex father in law who got my ex sister in law to drive ten miles out of her way so he could get a free ice cream cone because he had a coupon for one.

/silly.
 
2014-01-26 10:48:36 AM
The article also mentions that he got free drinks.
 
2014-01-26 10:57:18 AM
This couldn't be done in the states. Except for Alaska, where Board Room entry is included, all major airlines require membership in their places to get in, even with a "first-class" ticket. And after that, it's only snacks and drinks.
 
2014-01-26 10:58:19 AM

Astorix: This seems rather a silly expenditure of time on the man's part. If he has the money to pay for a first class ticket, he has the money to pay for the "free snacks."

This reminds me of my ex father in law who got my ex sister in law to drive ten miles out of her way so he could get a free ice cream cone because he had a coupon for one.

/silly.


See also: Driving 10 miles out of the way to save $.02 on a gallon of gas.
 
2014-01-26 11:02:04 AM
This also illustrates why the boarding pass check to get to the gate area is such a farce... not to mention how simple it would be to simply 'shop a boarding pass. I doubt that the TSA guys are trained to check the pixels.
 
2014-01-26 11:10:00 AM
This may seem really cool until you realize that people like this make life more expensive for the rest of us who don't enjoy stealing services from companies.
 
2014-01-26 11:10:17 AM

Delta1212: The article also mentions that he got free drinks.


Case closed.
 
2014-01-26 11:10:43 AM

Abox: dobro: abhorrent1: Isn't there a cancellation fee? If there is, it's probably more than you'd pay for a meal at a restaurant.

From the article it seems it was on just one ticket. 300 meals surely covers any cancellation fee on one ticket. And I'll not call you Shirley again.


There's also change fees, sometime up to a couple hundred bucks.  At least that's my experience...but I never get any breaks on flight costs so I'm probably doing it wrong.  People come visit me paying <$200 for reasonable flight times.  I have yet to pay <$350 for a flight.  Even when I choose the $260 departure, the return I need always bumps things up at least another hundred.

 
There are a whole host of flight-type that allow infinite date changes at no cost (most multi-leg flights for example).
 
2014-01-26 11:11:56 AM

ransack.: Delta1212: The article also mentions that he got free drinks.

Case closed.


Yeah no shiat. I bought a beer and a glass of wine for my wife at the airport in San Diego and it was farking $19.
 
2014-01-26 11:16:12 AM
"However, many netizens lauded the passenger for being smart, rather than condemning him."

Typical of 'netizens' to cheer a scammer. Because he was sticking it to the man... it's ok.
 
2014-01-26 11:17:49 AM
And I guess in china the airports have free parking? Must be nice. Here you have to park in a remote lot like 2 miles from the airport and pay like $40 to park.

It's like you like to say "like."
 
2014-01-26 11:19:53 AM

Eddie Adams from Torrance: This also illustrates why the boarding pass check to get to the gate area is such a farce... not to mention how simple it would be to simply 'shop a boarding pass. I doubt that the TSA guys are trained to check the pixels.


No, but they'd likely notice two people with passes for the same seat.
 
2014-01-26 11:22:16 AM

skinink: So he had to go to the airport every day to eat? Rather buy my meals and save the time of going to the airport.


Some people have time, other people have money. People with money spend it to save time, people with time spend it to save money.

/Someone with both time and money might just be some trust fund asshole who never worked a day in his or her life
 
2014-01-26 11:33:11 AM
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 Pics of the perp:

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2014-01-26 11:33:29 AM

ransack.: ...That, or this VIP lounge has awesome grub willing to jump through hoops for


Yes it does!

Chicken With Cashew Nuts
General Tso's Chicken
Beef With Broccoli
....
 
2014-01-26 11:39:39 AM

markfara: Eddie Adams from Torrance: This also illustrates why the boarding pass check to get to the gate area is such a farce... not to mention how simple it would be to simply 'shop a boarding pass. I doubt that the TSA guys are trained to check the pixels.

No, but they'd likely notice two people with passes for the same seat.


It's Asia. They don't care about that. It's first one in the seat is the winner and the other/s can go DIAF.

/Learned that at the Seoul Olympics
//watched Flojo round the last corner while standing 4 people deep on the upper deck walkway
///while holding tickets to a seat occupied by somebody else holding tickets to that seat
 
2014-01-26 11:43:15 AM

markfara: Eddie Adams from Torrance: This also illustrates why the boarding pass check to get to the gate area is such a farce... not to mention how simple it would be to simply 'shop a boarding pass. I doubt that the TSA guys are trained to check the pixels.

No, but they'd likely notice two people with passes for the same seat.


Most flights have people assigned the same seat at check-in but pre-boarding, because certain special requirements come later (large parties with children, disabled passengers, Gold Class Passengers, passengers with on multi-part connecting flights who are off schedule, etc),  Seats are changed and tickets reissued at the boarding gate all the time. It wouldn't raise any red flags at all, because it's a normal part of the system.
 
2014-01-26 11:47:01 AM

lenfromak: This couldn't be done in the states. Except for Alaska, where Board Room entry is included, all major airlines require membership in their places to get in, even with a "first-class" ticket. And after that, it's only snacks and drinks.


No but my amex platinum gets me and a companion into a few airlines lounges in the states. I've only used it for American Airlines lounges because I fly them most.

You can use it internationally but you have to sign up for a pass which is free with the platinum card.
 
2014-01-26 11:50:34 AM
But it was a Chinese lounge, so he had to do it all over again in an hour.
 
2014-01-26 11:51:09 AM

Animatronik: This may seem really cool until you realize that people like this make life more expensive for the rest of us who don't enjoy stealing services from companies.


Are you really going to white knight the one industry that has done the most through its own actions to make itself near-universally reviled?
 
2014-01-26 11:56:07 AM

markfara: No, but they'd likely notice two people with passes for the same seat.


What kind of mental recall do you think they have for seat numbers? I've never seen a TSA employee check against a computer or even a clipboard for seat numbers, or even flight numbers.

TSA don't realistically check you're on a flight at all. They check you have a piece of paper that says you might be on a flight. If you have a fake boarding pass, it 100% definitely won't be the TSA that catches you unless you're acting highly suspiciously in some other way. It'll be the gate agent who catches you, assuming your plan is to actually get onto the plane.

Once you get to the gate and your pass is scanned (or once the real ticket holder shows up, if your pass is an identical copy), THAT is when they'll figure you out.
 
2014-01-26 12:03:39 PM
I bet they pee peed in his Coke.
 
2014-01-26 12:05:29 PM

symptomoftheuniverse: stuhayes2010: Seems like a long road to take for a "free" meal.

How about 300 free meals?



Sure.  He'd have to travel to the airport - walking, biking, who knows.  Then go into the lounge, which is more walking.  Then go through the entire process for booking and cancellation.  For what looks to be around a $15 meal.

If you're time is almost worthless, then go nuts.
 
2014-01-26 12:09:00 PM
I want to say something really wasis about how inordinately and unnecessarily cheap Asian people are but I'm going to keep it to myself.
 
2014-01-26 12:18:06 PM

gweilo8888: markfara: No, but they'd likely notice two people with passes for the same seat.

What kind of mental recall do you think they have for seat numbers? I've never seen a TSA employee check against a computer or even a clipboard for seat numbers, or even flight numbers.

TSA don't realistically check you're on a flight at all. They check you have a piece of paper that says you might be on a flight. If you have a fake boarding pass, it 100% definitely won't be the TSA that catches you unless you're acting highly suspiciously in some other way. It'll be the gate agent who catches you, assuming your plan is to actually get onto the plane.

Once you get to the gate and your pass is scanned (or once the real ticket holder shows up, if your pass is an identical copy), THAT is when they'll figure you out.


At the airports here, and most of the large cities I've flown to, they scan a barcode on the pass.  The TSA guy doesn't even look at it - he looks at the name that pops up on the screen after the barcode is scanned, and then your ID.  Some of the airlines even will issue the pass to your smart phone and then all it shows is a barcode to scan.
 
2014-01-26 12:18:21 PM

ElLoco: "However, many netizens lauded the passenger for being smart, rather than condemning him."

Typical of 'netizens' to cheer a scammer. Because he was sticking it to the man... it's ok.


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Dennis Moore, Dennis Moore
Dum de dum dum... plight
He steals... dum dum dum
And dum dum dum dee
Dennise dum, Dennis dee... dum dum dum
 
2014-01-26 12:21:16 PM
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