The LA Times‘s Ken Bensinger tells the fascinating, dirty story of American Airlines’s AAirpass, a too-good-to-be-true lifetime first-class-ticket-to-anywhere-anytime pass that the airline debuted in 1981 at $250,000.
The men who bought them — the article only mentions men — went a little bananas. They started flying everywhere, all the time. They’d pick random people out of the check-in line and give them free first-class upgrades. They’d fly to Japan for lunch and back to the States that night. One of them was costing the airline more than $1,000,000 a year.
You can read the orginal LA Times article here.