I’ve heard of people getting refundable tickets so they can use their lounge access, but I’ve never heard of someone getting a refundable first-class ticket to get lounge access for an entire year.
Lounges in the United States tend to require some sort of membership or credit card, but in the rest of the world, first-class tickets tend to be your ticket into lounge access.
In the past, Tiff and I have considered getting really cheap Spirit tickets to Houston out of Dallas, just so we could hang out in the Centurion Lounge at DFW. (Hey! That plan is cheaper than going to the bar and paying for drinks and appetizers). But this guy’s plan is clearly above and beyond our creative thinking.
Technically, it doesn’t appear he was breaking any rules by doing this.
Hat tip Chad S. on Facebook