No Free Lunch at Lufthansa as Court Fines Lounge-Food Freeloader
Have you tried Lufthansas leberkas meatloaf and sausages with sweet mustard?
It goes perfectly with the rush of conning your way into the airlines business class lounge.
At least that was the line of thinking for a man who used the flexibility of the airlines one-way fare from Munich to Zurich to gorge himself on the spoils of Lufthansas Munich lounge.
The scam seems easy enough.
Buy the ticket, hang out in the lounge and rebook when youre full up on Auntie Lufthansas meatloaf.
Ultimately, the airline caught him and the court ordered the airport freeloader to fork over $1,875 for the 35 free meals more than twice the cost of the initial ticket.
The man used the flexibility of the one-way fare to Zurich to repeatedly reschedule his travel plans after gaining access to food and drink, Munich district court said in a statement. Lufthansa canceled the ticket after more than a year and refunded the price, only for the man to purchase a replacement.
The court ruled that lounge services are provided on the assumption that travelers will seek to fly, and ordered the man to pay Lufthansa 1,980 euros ($2,705), equal to about 55 euros per visit or more than twice the cost of the 744.46-euro ticket.
Lufthansa pursued a prosecution only after the man bought the second ticket with the intention of resuming his foraging raids.
Business-class fares typically offer the flexibility to rebook when plans change, while offering perks such as access to premium lounges, conference facilities and showers. The Munich facility at Lufthansa second-biggest hub offers Bavarias Loewenbraeu beer on tap, together with local delicacies including leberkas meatloaf and sausages with sweet mustard.
Obviously, there are many, many amazing aspects to this story.
The idea in general.
The execution of the idea.
The reserves of boldness this man possessed to not do it once and be satisfied, but to do it 34 more times.
But my favorite would have to be that even after he had a great run, this guy wasnt content to rest on his laurels; instead he said Damn it! Im going back in.
That is insane! Is the food in airport lounges really that good to make this worthwhile?
Lufthansa lounge in Munich … No.
Most lounges in the US … Absolutely not.
Cathay Pacific Lounge in Hong Kong … Yes!
Dim sum, noodles of your choice prepared by chefs from the Peninsula hotel, fresh pain au chocolat, gelato, cappuccino, macaroons, and … for all the Aussies out there … unlimited Tim Tams!
Haha was gonna say I spot Tim-Tams!
Tim tams in ya Jim Jams? Sold! Or you could use them as straws – not sure if that’s a thing outside NZ/Aus.
dang now im really hungry, thanks man
mmm i love myself some good dim sum