Lufthansa has charged a crafty traveler 1,980 Euros for abusing the privileges of a business class fare, by eating for free at the lounge in Munich airport, then leaving and rebooking his flight for another day. The man did this thirty-five times.
Video shot inside the Lufthansa Business Class lounge at Munich
The bill, equivalent to $2,705 U.S. dollars comes out to about $77.29 per visit. That's a pretty steep price to pay for a comfy chair, WiFi access, a few Loewenbraeu beers and a meal. Plus, I'd assume he also had to pay for airport parking while there, or at least a round trip train ticket for each visit. Then there's the hassle of going through security upon each visit. I've been through airport security in Germany post-9/11 and it's no less intrusive there than it is in America.
The man spread out his visits infrequently, but Lufthansa caught on and canceled and refunded his ticket after a year of not being used. At that point, he bought another ticket, with plans to resume his scheme. That's when the airline decided to step in and prosecute.
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