Given all of the hoo-hah about United not having to honor the 4 mile tickets to China, I thought this week’s piece from the archives would be about what happens when an airline makes a mistake…(my 2 cents about the 4 mile tickets: Everyone who bought the tickets knew it was a mistake. United could have chosen to honor them. They did not. Get over it. What if they sold so many tickets for 4 miles that the company would have gone out of business? Would they have to honor that? I understand the rule about airlines having to honor fares, but I think we have to use a little logic here as well.)
There is an absolutely ridiculous thread over at Flyertalk about a pair of headphones that were recently available on the American Airlines Shopping site that would net you, supposedly, 83,871 miles with purchase. I say “supposedly” because the site did say that you would enjoy 83,871 miles with the purchase of a $60 pair of headphones, but also because everyone knew that there was some sort of mistake at play here.