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American Airlines Files Lawsuit To Stop Vacation Club Postcard Scam



     American Airlines Files Lawsuit To Stop Vacation Club Postcard Scam

Deceptive Claims Being Made by Scammers Posing as Partners of American

PR Newswire

FORT WORTH, Texas, Oct. 2, 2013

FORT WORTH, Texas, Oct. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- American Airlines today filed
a lawsuit in Tarrant County, Texas, District Court against several individuals
and entities operating a nationwide scam that uses American's trademarks and
likeness of its livery on mass-mailed postcards and letters to lure people
into sales presentations for vacation club memberships. The lawsuit seeks to
stop these individuals and entities from illegally misappropriating American's
well-known and valuable trademarks, liveries and logos.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130208/DA56847LOGO)

American's lawsuit alleges that the mailers created and used by defendants are
intentionally and deceptively designed to appear that American is involved in
the promotion. Some mailers refer to a promotion called "American Airlines Fly
Away Promotion," while other mailers feature American's brand images or name.

The deceptive mailers promise the recipient two free round-trip airfares. When
the recipient calls the phone number listed on the mailer, they are told they
must attend a seminar to receive the airline tickets. The purpose of the
seminar is to sell vacation club memberships, which are high priced and offer
little more than discounts readily available online. The promised airline
tickets are either not distributed at all or are very difficult to redeem
because of the many fees and restrictions they carry.   

"The well-being of American's customers is our top priority, and this is such
an unfortunate violation of an iconic brand that our customers, employees and
communities around the globe have come to trust," said Rob Friedman,
American's Vice President of Marketing. "This lawsuit seeks to protect the
brand so many rely upon, and cease these deceptive practices."

In an attempt to track the ongoing activities of the defendants, American
encourages consumers affected by the scam to scan the back and front of the
mailers and email them, along with their full name, address and phone number,
to the company at webmaster@aa.com to be used as evidence in the case. 

The full legal filing is available to media upon request.

About American Airlines
American Airlines focuses on providing an exceptional travel experience across
the globe, serving more than 260 airports in more than 50 countries and
territories. American's fleet of nearly 900 aircraft fly more than 3,500 daily
flights worldwide from hubs in Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami
and New York. American flies to nearly 100 international locations including
important markets such as London, Madrid, Sao Paulo and Tokyo. With more than
500 new planes scheduled to join the fleet, including continued deliveries of
the Boeing 737 family of aircraft and new additions such as the Boeing
777-300ER and the Airbus A320 family of aircraft, American is building toward
the youngest and most modern fleet among major U.S. carriers. American's
website, aa.com^®, provides customers with easy access to check and book
fares, and personalized news, information and travel offers. American's
AAdvantage^® program, voted Airline Program of the Year at the 2013 Freddie
Awards, lets members earn miles for travel and everyday purchases and redeem
miles for flights to almost 950 destinations worldwide, as well as flight
upgrades, vacation packages, car rentals, hotel stays and other retail
products. The airline also offers nearly 40 Admirals Club^® locations
worldwide providing comfort, convenience, and an environment with a full range
of services making it easy for customers to stay productive without
interruption. American is a founding member of the oneworld^® alliance, which
brings together some of the best and biggest airlines in the world, including
global brands like British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Iberia Airlines, Japan
Airlines, LAN and Qantas. Together, its members serve more than 840
destinations served by some 9,000 daily flights to nearly 160 countries and
territories. Connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir or
Facebook.com/AmericanAirlines. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle
Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. AMR Corporation common
stock trades under the symbol "AAMRQ" on the OTCQB marketplace, operated by
OTC Markets Group.

SOURCE American Airlines

Website: http://www.aa.com
Contact: Anne Weidner, 817-967-1577, mediarelations@aa.com
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