L.A. Times: The frequent fliers who flew too much

Discussion in 'Travel' started by Mike, Aug 26, 2012.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Interesting story ... I expect they will try to discharge these obligation in their bankruptcy or at least limit their use. I had no idea that such passes existed.

    L.A. Times: The frequent fliers who flew too much: Many years after selling lifetime passes for unlimited first-class travel, American Airlines began scrutinizing the costs — and the customers (May 5 2012)

    There are frequent fliers, and then there are people like Steven Rothstein and Jacques Vroom.
    Both men bought tickets that gave them unlimited first-class travel for life on American Airlines.It was almost like owning a fleet of private jets.

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    Each had paid American more than $350,000 for an unlimited AAirpass and a companion ticket that allowed them to take someone along on their adventures. Both agree it was the best purchase they ever made, one that completely redefined their lives.
     
  2. RB

    RB Founding Member

    I've read about this before. From my readings I would say the owners of these passes may have been pushing the issue. They were not permitted to sale tickets to others but it seems some did exactly that. If the bankrupcy doesn't end the passes that still are in play I will be surprised.

    Also expect people with AA miles to see those go away or be devalued even more than they now are.
     

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