Most Ridiculous Lawsuits: Parent of student sues Texas School for the Deaf over frequent flier rewards

A woman has sued the Texas School for the Deaf, contesting its policy of keeping airline travel perks earned when students, including her daughter, fly.

The state-supported boarding school serves deaf students from across Texas and pays for airline tickets for those who live far away to fly home each weekend. School officials say they have the right to pool bonus points earned to offset some travel expenses, such as paying for chaperones to fly with students.

The woman, identified only as D.G. in the lawsuit, said the school violated a policy of Southwest Airlines by not giving the so-called Rapid Rewards points, which can be accumulated for free flights, to the woman’s daughter, according to the federal lawsuit.

“The airline has a policy that very clearly says you can’t give away your points, and the mother just wanted some assurance that it would be OK,” said the plaintiff’s lawyer, Karen Daglish Seal.

Leonard Schwartz, a lawyer for the school, said it did not violate airline policy because the policy says the reward points can be used by others.

He said the school paid for all the airline tickets for the daughter of the woman who sued the school ...

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