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Foodbme

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How to Score 300 Free Meals! Thu, 01/30/14 1:58 PM (permalink)
The internet has granted a collective round of applause to an unknown "passenger" on China Eastern Airlines who was able to score almost a year's worth of free meals at China's Xi'an Airport. According to the Chinese newspaper Kwong Wah Yit Poh, the man booked a legitimate first-class ticket on the airline and arrived to the airport's VIP lounge, where he enjoyed a complimentary "pre-boarding" meal. He then would change his flight itinerary to another day, returning again and again — 300 times — for meals in the first-class lounge.
Once the airline began investigating the scam, the man cancelled his ticket entirely, which earned him a complete refund. As for what he ate, one blogger reports that the Xi'an lounge "has sufficient space for buffet food (Chinese only)" and that CEA offers "many options for hot and cold Chinese food and Western food."
Wong Fu, you one cleaver guy!
 
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    EdSails

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    Re:How to Score 300 Free Meals! Thu, 01/30/14 2:28 PM (permalink)
    And no flight change fee? Wow, he really scored!
     
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      Sundancer7

      Re:How to Score 300 Free Meals! Thu, 01/30/14 2:58 PM (permalink)
      My guess is that he paid the price.  Going through security for a free meal??  Airport parking which tends to be outrageous?  Plus the hassle ? 
       
      Paul E. Smith
      Knoxville, TN
       
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        Foodbme

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        Re:How to Score 300 Free Meals! Thu, 01/30/14 7:30 PM (permalink)
        Sundancer7

        My guess is that he paid the price.  Going through security for a free meal??  Airport parking which tends to be outrageous?  Plus the hassle ? 
        Paul E. Smith
        Knoxville, TN

        We're talkin' about China here. Couldn't have cost him very much. Rickshaw to the airport- 5 Yen?
         
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          Treetop Tom

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          Re:How to Score 300 Free Meals! Fri, 01/31/14 9:33 AM (permalink)
          Foodbme


          Sundancer7

          My guess is that he paid the price.  Going through security for a free meal??  Airport parking which tends to be outrageous?  Plus the hassle ? 
          Paul E. Smith
          Knoxville, TN

          We're talkin' about China here. Couldn't have cost him very much. Rickshaw to the airport- 5 Yen?


          Why would a Chinese person use Japanese currency to pay for a rickshaw ride?  And since you didn't bother to attribute your cut & paste job, I will - This was written by my friend Erin DeJesus on Eater.com three days ago: http://eater.com/archives/2014/01/28/man-uses-firstclass-airline-ticket-to-score-300-free-meals.php
          <message edited by Treetop Tom on Fri, 01/31/14 11:29 AM>
           
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            Sundancer7

            Re:How to Score 300 Free Meals! Fri, 01/31/14 12:59 PM (permalink)
            For those who have been to any major airport in China, they will find that it is not inexpensive.  The economy in China is very good and rickshaw's are being replaced by Rolls and Mercedes.  Food is not inexpensive.  Major cities will rival NYC, and other major cities in all cost.
             
            Paul E. Smith
            Knoxville, TN
             
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