01/29/2014 03:53 EST | Updated 01/29/2014 03:59 EST

Passenger's Epic Air Travel Scam Nearly Nets Him A Year Of Free Food (VIDEO)

A year's worth of airline food might sound more like a burden than a treat unless it's a year's worth of high-end dinning and drinks on an airline's dime.

That's the idea one savvy China Eastern Airlines used to net nearly a year's worth of free meals at the airline's VIP lounge, according to Kwong Wah Yit Poh, a Malaysian Chinese daily newspaper.

The passenger purchased a first-class ticket with the Chinese carrier and was scheduled to fly out of Xi'an Airport in Shaanxi, China. But before he boarded his flight, the peckish passenger stopped by the airline's V.I.P. lounge where he treated himself to a buffet meal, one of his ticket's perks.

And rather than dining and dashing for his flight, the man returned the next day. And the day after. And continued to do so another 297 times, by rescheduling his departure time and turning back before the gate according to Australia's

After the eating more than his fair share of free meals, China Eastern Airlines staff finally caught on but by then it was too late. By the time the carrier reached out to him, the man had cancelled his ticket for a full refund. The airline, for its part, told Fox News that there was little they could do to stop the passenger since it was such a "rare act."

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