Is this yet another “benefit” of the American Airlines – US Airways merger?


Here we go again.

A few years ago, I reported on the US Airlines scam, and it seems that shining a little light on the problem made it go away — at least temporarily.

Maybe the light is fading with the ill-conceived merger between American and US Airways — that’s Airways, not Airlines. And maybe that’s what prompted the latest wave of solicitations from this scammy-looking operation.

Jeff Painter sent me a note after receiving one. It was addressed to his wife, Susana.

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“My wife’s name is Susan,” he notes, “not Susana.”

Of course, there’s no mention of how “Susana” qualified for this “award,” but I guess in this day and age when legions of obedient loyalty program members believe they can fly for “free,” anything is possible. Certainly, it’s those people “Coreen Hayes” and her ilk hope will fall for this.

Painter isn’t among them. He forwarded this ridiculous letter from a fake airline to me and asked me to expose it. I’m happy to oblige.

He’s hardly alone. The folks at “US Airlines” (wow, I’m using a lot of quotes today) have been busy little bees, according to commenter Ken, whose father received an identical offer a few days before Painter.

[There was] no return address, no date on postmark, the “stamp” is dated 2007 and is actually OVER the postmark which is 73125 (Oklahoma).

Hard to believe the post office would even deliver.

Same B.S. for 2 roundtrip tickets up to $1,450.00. The vice president’s name is Coreen Hayes, phone #1-844-334-4980.

SOOO many red flags! SCAM!

Hmm, did he say 2007? I believe he did. All of which raises a big question about the timing of the resurgent “US Airlines” scam. Why now?

Here’s my theory: When the US Airways name is finally retired and disappears from the last tail, maybe later this year, it will be much more difficult to pull this ruse. I would guess that the scammers realized the jig is up, and started sending everything out, including envelopes from 2007.

How clever.

If that’s true, then we have US Airways to thank for another “benefit” of the merger: The comeback of the US Airlines scam.

Nice going, guys. I knew I should have supported the merger.

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