I'm starting this thread for a few reasons: 1 - I would like to start redeeming rewards with and for friends and relatives, without causing myself problems. 2 - The stories I've heard about problems with AA are pretty fascinating. 3 - We could all use the info to make sure that we stay as far away from an investigation as possible. 4 - I'm really curious. I do NOT intend this thread at all to be a "How to sell and AA Award" primer. I'm not interested in that. I just want to use and keep my AA account forever, and I want to play by the rules. This post over at FT inspired me to start the thread. Regarding her story, isn't is common for French couples to have different last names? I thought it was more common in France than in the US. Anyway, I haven't had any problems yet (knock on wood) and I've pretty much only redeemed rewards thus far for myself and my immediate family, except one award years ago for a fairly distant relative's friend. So no problems for me, yet. But I've got a lot of miles, and I may want to be generous with some.