LA Times: The frequent fliers who flew too much

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    May 07, 2012 3:29 PM GMT
    Per the LA Times:,0,7103119.story

    Many years after selling lifetime passes for unlimited first-class travel, American Airlines began scrutinizing the costs — and the customers.


    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.

    Passes in hand, Rothstein and Vroom flew for business. They flew for pleasure. They flew just because they liked being on planes. They bypassed long lines, booked backup itineraries in case the weather turned, and never worried about cancellation fees. Flight crews memorized their names and favorite meals.

    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.
  • GWriter

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    May 07, 2012 7:01 PM GMT
    Fascinating! I had never of unlimited passes before.
    They must have a lot of friends. Haha