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Terrible Person Still “Hacking” Business Class Travel

Terrible Person Still “Hacking” Business Class Travel
Ryan Boyd

In a YouTube video posted by Bustle in 2015, jetsetter, author and absolutely despicable human being Justin Lee Ross detailed his tips for how to game the travel industry. Now that this video is making internet rounds again, we thought we’d share just in case you spot this guy doing a photo shoot in a first class lounge near you because he’s still “hacking” airlines all around the world.

If you were able to finish this video, you’re more patient than I am. I need a drink or five.

To read more on this, go to YouTube.

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View Comments (22)


  1. GetSetJetSet

    December 5, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    why give this chode more attention by writing this “article?”

  2. ilcannone

    December 5, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    Why give clowns like this the time of day?

  3. jamar

    December 5, 2018 at 10:58 pm

    WELL then… what a class act this guy is.

    Although I didn’t even know you could refund a ticket even AFTER checking in. Didn’t think full flex tickets were THAT flexible.

  4. FlyingHighlander

    December 7, 2018 at 7:09 am

    Could you at least write the article to give us enough info without having to watch the video.

  5. thinkingallowed

    December 7, 2018 at 7:10 am

    Didn’t a German guy do the flexible ticket and eating at the airport every day? Munich I think.

  6. Neal

    December 7, 2018 at 7:10 am

    This guy’s behavior is bad enough. But to flaunt it shows just what a prick he really is.

  7. Spec1alk

    December 7, 2018 at 7:32 am


    The “Hacks” in that video were either entirely false or highly misleading.

  8. alexmyboy

    December 7, 2018 at 7:48 am

    now I know why so many Hollywood movies use f bombs every 2 minutes

  9. brobin

    December 7, 2018 at 8:22 am

    Oh to be 35 again!

  10. FriendlySkies


    December 7, 2018 at 8:33 am

    How long till AA bans him?

  11. wbl-mn-flyer

    December 7, 2018 at 8:53 am

    despicable human being? Going a bit far if you ask me.

  12. awayIgo

    December 7, 2018 at 9:11 am

    How disgusting. AND as a Jew, I am unbelievably embarrassed by him.

  13. us2

    December 7, 2018 at 9:43 am

    Well, those who persevere to the end of the video have seen something few do: perfection. The perfect piece of isht to be sure, but perfection nonetheless.

  14. AlwaysFlyStar

    December 7, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    It seems to be a very common thing in America to look up to people who think so highly of themselves. Humility seems to be seen as a negative. Agree with @awayIgo and really wish he didn’t advertise his Jewishness so much. Really don’t want people to imagine him when they think of Jews.

  15. :D!

    December 7, 2018 at 10:10 pm


    The German guy got billed by Lufthansa for every lounge visit (and a court said he had to pay it)

  16. nittfan

    December 7, 2018 at 11:10 pm

    This guy is smart and has figured a way to beat the travel industry with there many games. Most people (including me) are jealous. We wish we had the “balls” to brashly do what he does. While I do understand the embarassement of any who identify with comment regarding him/his tacktics as being “Jewish”, he is for the most part just a brash individual.

  17. apeortdz

    December 8, 2018 at 9:31 am

    He calls everyone a schmuck. It’s like the pot calling the kettle black.

  18. justpassinthru

    December 8, 2018 at 9:51 am

    Didn’t realize “hacking” is synonymous with “stealing” – being a petty thief really isn’t that impressive…

  19. alangore


    December 8, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    As this guy accurately describes himself, a giant douche. But the same applies to quite a few airline personnel I have met over the years. They deserve each other.

    May he spend 2019 flying British Airways, and annoying the hell out of them. Perhaps the experience will motivate them to try out the concept of customer service for the first time.

  20. joshwex90

    December 8, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    Jamar, refunding a flex ticket after check-in happens more often than you’d think and not for nefarious purposes. I’ve done it twice in my life and both for legit reasons

  21. eng3

    December 11, 2018 at 9:36 am

    Why is getting dropped off at departures a big deal? Usually much less traffic than arrivals. Since when is GE a new thing. Ofcourse you can buy a ticket and then cancel it to goto the lounge, but buying a ticket with no intent to fly is typically against CoC rules and then can close your account losing that elite status. I’m sure if you do it enough, someone will take notice. Also, how did he get his elite status if he never flies. Also, what about the cost and time to get to the airport and back. How does declaring a firearm help your bag make it, if anything you have a higher chance of it not making the plane if TSA is backed up not to mention the extra time at the counter. And since when does having a business card get you that company’s hotel rates, they usually ask for ID if they ask at all. What about the blonde (with the boobs) that is with him, is she doing the same things or is she just along as a guest? If that’s the case, she’s the real expert and he’s the schmuck.

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