Fly Now, Pay Later Costs Airman More than He Bargained

May 12, 2015

He was just 19 years old, new to the military, and at Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas, for training.

That’s when he fell into a financial trap.

A little short on cash but wanting to fly home to Michigan for Christmas, the airman called Easy Military Travel. The online agency looked official, with the slogan “the largest travel assistance provider for the U.S. Military.” It helped service members finance their travel needs and get them airline tickets, it said.

And it did that, more or less. The December ticket got him home — but routed him from San Angelo to Dallas, then Charlotte, then Detroit, flying back in the same multistop way. The fare was $1,200.

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