That’s ridiculous! A “free” ticket on American Airlines has $476 in fees; a “paid” ticket has $180

Of all the preposterous fees to cross my desk, I think this one deserves an award.

It comes to us by way of Jennie Chan, a law student at the University of Tennessee, who wanted to redeem some of her hard-earned American Airlines miles for a trip to Warsaw, Poland.

Now we all know that award tickets aren’t free, and probably shouldn’t be called award tickets anymore, for that matter.

If you want to redeem them, there’s a fee. If you want to redeem them faster, there’s a fee. And if you want to put the miles back into your account, there’s a fee, too.

But here’s where the avaricious nature of these redemption fees clashes with cold, hard logic.
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