Every couple of months I receive a letter from either American Airways or US Airlines about being “qualified for an award of 2 roundtrip airline tickets” in stamped, hand-written envelopes with no return address. American Airways? US Airlines? While us frequent travelers spot this fake name immediately, others not so well traveled might be picking up the phone to collect their award. (I phoned to collect my award — listen in below.)
Here’s the text of the letter:
NOTE: You must respond no later than .
I am pleased to inform you that you have qualified for an award of 2 roundtrip airline tickets. Congratulations. These tickets are valid for travel anywhere in the Continental U.S. from any major international airport. The retail value of this award is up to $1,398.00 (or $1,298.00 in some letters). Certain restrictions apply.
We have attempted contacting you several times without success. This is our last attempt. If we do not hear from you soon, we may need to issue the ticket vouchers to the alternate.
Please call me today at 1-866-931-8033 (or 1-866-675-8061 or a host of other numbers).
Dana Kline (or Kerry Dyer)
US Airlines isn’t an real airline, at least not as of today. Nor is American Airways. Though I have seen reports of these letters using American Airlines’ name. The letters are NOT, however, from the real American Airlines.
I called the phone number on one of my letters just to see what’s going on. Not using my real name and fibbing about my address and marital status, listen in to as much of the conversation I could take before I hung up:
If you get one of these letters, just toss it away. Unless you want to sit with a group of 20 people to hear about some travel agency deal … a travel agency that seems to be in every city and always with a promotion going on. Scam, scam, scam.
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