Whether it was sneaky or resourceful is a matter of opinion, but there’s no doubt a Chinese man successfully exploited a loophole in a system that allowed him to eat for a year based on one first-class airplane ticket. And he never got on the plane.
News.com.au reported an account by the Chinese newspaper Kwong Wah Yit Poh that found the man would use his ticket to get into VIP lounges at the Xi’an airport where he could get food free of charge. Then he would change his flight itinerary so he could maintain the ticket and continue to return time-after-time for the food.
According to the report, he changed his itinerary more than 300 times in a year. Just as his ticket was about to expire, the man cancelled it for a refund.
The Star reported that a China Eastern Airlines employee discovered the man’s exploitation of the loophole. A spokesman for the airline told the newspaper that they couldn’t stop this from happening with the airline’s current policy.
According to the airline’s website, tickets are valid for a year if they aren’t used.
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