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Selling Awards Now Allowed By Airlines? (on Ebay)  
User currently offlineBobcat From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1967 times:

Is the selling of frequent flyer awards now allowed by airlines? I was looking to bid on several vintage airline menus(from the 50s) and stumbled across 200+ frequent flyer awards for sell. Most are SW, NW, UA, and AA...

A couple of the sellers even had user ratings of more than 1000... most of the positive comments were from people who have bought from them....

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User currently offlineGreg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1953 times:

Upgrade certificates are available on e-Bay.
Actual mileage awards are redeemed in the owner's name--so I'm not sure.

User currently offlineAC340 From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 337 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 1936 times:

I don't think you can sell award mileage. My mother tried to give my father Aeroplan miles once upon a time because he had higher status than she did, but Air Canada wouldn't let them. And that was a family transaction. I seriously doubt that airlines would you to make a profit from their sale.

User currently offlineGoingboeing From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4875 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (13 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 1932 times:

You can't selll RR tickets on e-bay, but most folks get by by "selling" the drink coupons, accompanied by the "free" ticket.

User currently offlineSearpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4349 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (13 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1918 times:

Under all the airlines' plans (and IRS rules as well, I think), you can't 'sell' awards, period. However many airlines allow the transfer of awards to another person, or allow the award to be redeemed in another person's name. So as long as the actual details of the transaction are kept away from the airline, there are ways to do it. Of course if the airline finds out about it, they have every right to refuse passage, confiscate the ticket, and require the purchase of a ticket on the spot. I've seen that happen more than once.


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