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(BusinessWeek)   Would you go through the pain of commuting to the airport, going through security, then changing the departure date of your flexible ticket just so you could eat the free slop in the business lounge? Would you do it 35 times?   ( businessweek.com) divider line
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2014-07-03 11:52:59 AM  
Only 35 times? That guy is an amateur. This guy pulled it off over 300 times
 
2014-07-03 11:56:20 AM  
Oh, subby, you had such an opportunity for a Goodfellas headline and you blew it.
 
2014-07-03 12:06:05 PM  
If you're not taking any carry-on or checking any bags, tat would make security easier to deal with.  Walk up, empty your pockets, get scanned and hit the chow line.

On the other hand, is the free food and drink worth it to make the trek 35 times (or 300 in the case of the other guy)?  Probably not.
 
2014-07-03 12:08:40 PM  

BizarreMan: On the other hand, is the free food and drink worth it to make the trek 35 times (or 300 in the case of the other guy)? Probably not.


There are a couple of first class lounges in the world where the food is pretty good but unless you HAVE to be there, WHY? Because "free?"
 
2014-07-03 12:18:47 PM  
Some people will spend big money to get something free.
 
2014-07-03 12:41:52 PM  
"and then the grizzly bear paused and said 'Let's be honest here, Tom. You don't come here for the hunting, do you?"
 
2014-07-03 01:23:59 PM  

flucto: BizarreMan: On the other hand, is the free food and drink worth it to make the trek 35 times (or 300 in the case of the other guy)? Probably not.

There are a couple of first class lounges in the world where the food is pretty good but unless you HAVE to be there, WHY? Because "free?"


If you take the subway to the airport and do all your ticket changes while already there, really all the inconvenience seems to be in the security line.  Time it right, between major flights, and that's not a huge deal - no worse than a long line at a popular restaurant would be.  All that's really at issue is your commute out there... which, again, may not be as bad for some.

That said, no way in hell I'd do it.
 
2014-07-03 01:55:24 PM  
Penny-wise and lbs foolish.
 
2014-07-03 02:11:06 PM  
I bet he was a jew
 
2014-07-03 02:22:09 PM  
4.bp.blogspot.com
 
GBB
2014-07-03 02:35:30 PM  
I work in hurricane country at a job that requires us to be on-site in the event of a hurricane.  If we have days off scheduled when a hurricane hits, we are required to cancel and stay put.  Unless you have pre-arranged and paid-for reservations.  The trick is to buy a refundable, transferable flight and have it set to your days off, even if you aren't going any where.  That way, if a hurricane threatens your summer plans (which you most likely scheduled last winter), you'll have not only proof that you have pre-arranged, pre-paid travel plans, but also an escape plan from the hurricane.

/not that I condone or participate in such shenanigans.
 
2014-07-03 03:01:05 PM  
But...Free beer and sausages.
 
2014-07-03 03:23:53 PM  
If you think all business lounge food is slop, you fly the wrong airlines.  In the Cathay first class lounge in Hong Kong, the food service is sit-down, with waiters, and a wide selection of foods, desserts, and wines.  And the quality is significantly better than fast-food.
 
2014-07-03 03:34:20 PM  
People like to save money.

/News at 11
 
2014-07-03 03:44:21 PM  
I just flew out of Munich on Luftansa last week, and let me tell you, no amount of free food would incentivize me to go back.  Just listening to the announcements repeated every two seconds over the speakers ("Flight *** is part of the Star Alliance...") was enough to make me want to poke holes in my eardrums.  Plus, everyone seems grumpy.

The end.
 
2014-07-03 04:05:04 PM  
Well it would work if you were taking public transportation to the airport but if you were driving the parking fees would add up.
 
2014-07-03 04:53:59 PM  
I'd sh*t in a Delta seat for $14.23, but that's me.
 
2014-07-03 07:01:42 PM  
If you offer a perk as part of a ticket, then you should be forced to honour the perk as sold. The ticket was flezible and it came with free food. I fail to see how he was in any legal violation, although he's obviously a giant dickwad.
 
2014-07-03 07:15:39 PM  

Russ1642: If you offer a perk as part of a ticket, then you should be forced to honour the perk as sold. The ticket was flezible and it came with free food. I fail to see how he was in any legal violation, although he's obviously a giant dickwad.


My guess that in the fine print on your ticket it says the lounge is only available if you actually take the flight that day.

Yeah, I'm sure there are scenarios where someone intends to fly, is in the lounge eating free food, and gets called back to work or whatever.  I'm sure the airline, even if they knew this happened, wouldn't care.  But 35 times is obviously something they're going to come down hard on.
 
2014-07-03 07:47:07 PM  
Dunno Subby, I usually get 9 peanuts in steerage.  I wouldn't do it for that.
 
2014-07-03 07:48:56 PM  
Sometimes they have a ginger cookie.  Those are okay.
 
2014-07-04 11:29:34 AM  

Langston: Only 35 times? That guy is an amateur. This guy pulled it off over 300 times


The best thing is that it was a full fare ticket, so he got a refund at the end.

Yes, going through security and such is a pain -- but eating free for a year? Could be worth it...
 
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