THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN AIRLINE TICKET




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Posted by Ed 28 days ago
“That’s what Dad’s AAirpass and ultra-elite flying status yielded for him: lifelong bonds.”
 
On March 10, 2009, a case was filed in the U.S. Circuit Court for the Northern District of Illinois, where I grew up. Rothstein v. American Airlines, Inc. starred my father, Plaintiff Steven Rothstein, and the Defendant, then the world’s third-largest airline. With $23 billion in annual revenue, American Airlines had nothing to lose. For my father, it was a last-ditch effort to save his life.
 
Here’s how it all took off. In the early 1980s, American rolled out AAirpass, a prepaid membership program that let very frequent flyers purchase discounted tickets by locking in a certain number of annual miles they presumed they might fly in advance. My 30-something-year-old father, having been a frequent flyer for his entire life, purchased one.
 
Then, a few years later, American introduced something straight out an avid traveler’s fantasy: an unlimited ticket.
 
 
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