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This Pass gave People Free First-Class Travel For Life

This Pass gave People Free First-Class Travel For Life

How would you like to buy a pass that granted you unlimited first-class air travel to anywhere in the world for life? Sounds like a good deal, right? As it turns out, it was a much better deal than the airlines even realized. American Airlines began offering the airpass in the early 1980s when they were strapped for cash. The pass cost $250,000 (about $600,000 in today's dollars). Only 66 people cashed in on this amazing offer, perhaps not even realizing the full potential of the deal.

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  1. In 1981, American Airlines introduced a pass for $250,000 that allowed people to fly anywhere forever for free. 00:12

  2. One carrier of the American Airlines free travel pass flew to London 16 times in one month. 02:01

  3. One carrier of the American Airlines free travel pass flew used his pass to ferry people to the United States for a fee. 06:58

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