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Free Trip For a Multimillionaire

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Most people in the U.S. could use a vacation right about now. But that doesn’t mean
they can afford one. So when American Airlines gave an all-expenses-paid trip
to Barbados and 200,000 AAdvantage miles to Dallas Maverick Dirk Nowitzki
(salary: $17 million) in honor of his MVP performance at the NBA finals, it made
the airline look a bit out of touch. AAdvantage’s Facebook page erupted as
commenters expressed frustration. To its credit, AA’s social media team quickly
took down the post and rescinded the offer.

Worst Airline Blunders of 2011

Free Trip For a Multimillionaire

Most people in the U.S. could use a vacation right about now. But that doesn’t mean
they can afford one. So when American Airlines gave an all-expenses-paid trip
to Barbados and 200,000 AAdvantage miles to Dallas Maverick Dirk Nowitzki
(salary: $17 million) in honor of his MVP performance at the NBA finals, it made
the airline look a bit out of touch. AAdvantage’s Facebook page erupted as
commenters expressed frustration. To its credit, AA’s social media team quickly
took down the post and rescinded the offer.

John G. Mabanglo/epa/Corbis

Worst Airline Blunders of 2011

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