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I would appear that AA's intention was to make acceptance of the prize so costly that it wouldn't be accepted by the winner, and AA is out nothing for some free publicity and apparant generousity. ed

You could not be more correct. In another case, a few years ago AA and Kellogg's teamed up to offer free air miles to people who bought a significant number of boxes of a certain cereal. I was living in Argentina at the time and we could get that cereal particular there, so I thought hey, cool.

It was after we'd bought a few boxes that I read the fine print. There it was revealed that only people residing in the USA were eligible for the mileage. I have no idea how much of that cereal was shipped outside the US, well away from anyone who could benefit from that great "offer." But it was a whoooole lot.
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