The Free Airline Tickets That Cost Much More Than Regular Airline Tickets
from the doing-the-math... dept
There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch, right? Apparently that applies to airline tickets as well. There have been stories in the past about people receiving prizes (especially on game shows) and then being shocked at how much they had to pay in taxes, but that same story takes an unusual twist when it came to a promotion from American Airlines giving out 12 round-trip tickets for two. Unfortunately for the winner of the tickets — all of which needed to be used in twelve months, and none of which were transferable — American Airlines valued each ticket at its highest rate, saying each one was worth $2,200 — meaning that the winner suddenly had to pay $800 per ticket in taxes. Of course, this is based on full fare prices for international travel on every ticket. Given the twelve month limitation and the non-transferable nature of the tickets, it seems unlikely that he would ever use all the tickets, let alone fly internationally very often. Also, given the fare wars that are now common, you can fly plenty of places for much less than $800 these days. Of course, the normal response would be that American should do something about this — such as valuing the tickets at a more reasonable rate. Unfortunately, they refuse to do anything, and so they’ve effectively created a promotion that would cost the winner a lot more than the actual value of the winnings. Some promotion, right?