How much is too much when it comes to lounge dining??

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  1. Wandering Aramean
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    What!?
     
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    Holy Boson ! I wonder what are the T&Cs for buying a full fared F ticket :eek:
     
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    Smart way to take the bite out of the F cost. ;)
     
  6. Wandering Aramean
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    Generally speaking, fully flexible and fully refundable.

    The catch is that many airlines have a line in their CoC along these lines:
    So there's that. And I know that some people who abuse the airlines too much in similar manners have been blacklisted from ever flying on that carrier again.
     
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    Gee I wonder who you speak off...........
     
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    I don't think UA needs to worry about copycats :)
     
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    What's shocking to me is that someone could exist and sustain himself with the garbage served. I surely couldn't with what's served in the DL Sky Clubs! (I could, however, if the time spent was in the AF Biz Lounge. Was in it (CDG) all day wednesday, and I'm still stuffed!)
     
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    An (un)lucky blogger?
     
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    It's hard to believe that the airline didn't have any good IT folks to put in place an algorithm that would quickly pick up on such behavior by an abusive customer. :rolleyes:
     
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    Not really. Scanning all the tickets every day to catch the extreme cases likely costs a lot more than the incremental food costs at the lounge.
     
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    Awesome, love it :)
     
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    "Illogical". Just hope when you call to reschedule the flight you don't hear "Hello, this is Spock, how may I help you today?

    Not a problem for this guy, since it sounds like he never actually flew the airline to begin with.
     
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    Well, someone was asleep at the switch at China Eastern Airlines, for this guy to have gotten 300 free meals at no charge! :rolleyes: Yes: "That's not my job!" :eek:

     
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    Despite the reports and even supposedly quote from he airlines I for one don't believe this story.

    1) Presumably he needed a valid ticket to enter the lounge.
    2) So he had to book a ticket, get a BP, eat lunch, cancel the ticket, book another ticket so that he could get in the following day.
    3) Then he had to get a BP, check with passport control (this done even on domestic flights) before getting to lounge the next day.
    3) Has anyone here ever dealt with any Chinese airlines in a similar scenario? They are not the most efficient in the world in refunding/re-crediting
    your money.
    4) The Xian airport is not that big. China Eastern has two lounges one regular and one VIP lounge.
    Are they saying after seeing this guy eating there say 50 out of the first 60 days ( I.e. early on the process) he would be pretty much well known be all the staff.
    Yet they didn't catch up with him until after a year... nah not buying it:rolleyes:
    5) Bearing in mind the airport is about 50 miles from Xian unless he lived very close the above operation is a full time job.
    6) No matter how poor their IT might be... are they saying that they couldn't pick up 300 ticket cancellations and rebooking in a one year?
    That alone is beyond preposterous.

    From where I sit chalk this up into the urban legend category. :D
     
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    You may be right, but the story indicates his was a fully flexible ticket, so he wouldn't have to cancel the *ticket* and repurchase, just cancel the reservation and rebook. Allegedly he didn't cancel the ticket (and get a refund) until the ticket validity (one year) was about to expire.

    So, it *could* be done.
     
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    Fair enough but that really would have been the least time consuming part of the whole scheme.:)
    And at that I find it pretty hard to believe that they wouldn't have caught up with this even after 100 rebookings.
     
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    It was the same ticket, simply changed every time rather than refunded and purchased anew.
     
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    huge applause. *clapclapclap
     
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    If this really happened, I would guess that he was an airport employee. I don't see any other reason to do this unless you were going to be at the airport nearly every day anyway.
     
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    If this is true, airlines will likely tweak their rules to include a "point-of-no-return" to changes or set a limit to the number of changes for a trip just like they have a 1 year limit for a trip.

    IMO, I would say 50 changes would be more than enough for most cases and any and beyond can still be accommodated but a manager has to override the system manually after understanding the system.

    However, I must confess that for the efforts the guy allegedly went through for this and at a real risk of being caught and "shamed", let the airline feed him (especially since they did not catch onto his act).
     
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    On second thoughts ( and having an idea how things work in China) I bet if this story is actually true it must have been done with the complicity of a China Eastern employee
    and more likely a manager (of the lounge??) at that.
     
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    So now that this story has been proven to be false. Anyone here feel just a bit sheepish about being so gullible?:D
     

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