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Old Jul 12, 17, 11:03 am
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Kevin AA
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: RNO
Programs: AA/DL/WN/ex-UA elite
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Changes to award redemptions is not a new thing. Many years ago (but after deregulation), when FF programs were new, all award tickets within the U.S. cost the same number of miles and had no limits on availability. The airlines noticed that they were flying widebody jets to Hawaii with a few paying passengers and lots and lots of award redemptions -- big money loser!

A similar thing happened with Jim Bakker's PTL Club property (Heritage USA) in Fort Mill, SC. He sold the rights to free hotel nights for life in exchange for a $1,000 donation, and the number of outstanding hotel nights far exceeded availability. That's where the analogy ends, as airlines don't literally screw over people named Jessica Hahn and engage in financial fraud. LOL
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