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The frequent fliers who flew too much - latimes.com


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Wow.

It sounds like pretty much the most awesome thing a person can buy:

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.

I have to admit that this kind of luxury is the one thing that makes me want to be wealthy enough to do it.

It's too bad that airlines no longer offer this deal, and it's too bad that some of the 66 passholders decided to commit fraud.

Totally agree. Oh to have had the opportunity at that original price...

I guess we'll just have to do it the old fashioned way: by paying full price. :)

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