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This Millionaire Chooses The Comforts of Coach Over Private Plane

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | June 07, 2016

This Millionaire Chooses The Comforts of Coach Over Private Plane

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What’s good for a millionaire is good for us. So we’ll smile as if we are flying first class the next time we saddle in for a long flight in coach.

USA Today’s Josh Peter recently profiled Jimmy Goldstein, a name you might not recognize. However, you undoubtedly know that face that goes along with it if you count yourself one of the many NBA fans that tune into the sport every season.

Now before we lose you travel nuts who only know we are deep in the NBA Finals because its ads are plastered everywhere, let’s inform you that this millionaire loves to fly coach.

In fact, it’s that bedlam that takes place prior to Southwest flights he’s particularly fond of enduring.

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Peter explains how Goldstein recently traveled to enjoy the grandeur of the Warriors taking on the Cavaliers: “Goldstein drove his 1961 cream-colored convertible Rolls Royce to the airport — the Los Angeles International Airport, not a private airport to board a Gulfstream or Lear Jet. Then he took his boarding-group A pass and lined up with the masses to board a Southwest Airlines flight.”

Peter puts that into some perspective for you. For example, Goldstein, who is famously shy about unveiling how much he is worth or how he acquired his wealth, spends a handsome sum to see NBA games each year, particularly in Los Angeles.

The report puts this figure at about $500,000 per year and $12,500 for a ticket to Game 2 this past week in the NBA Finals.

Here he is in 2014:

Peter continues on why a millionaire would dare slum it with the rest of us travelers who brave coach: “He said it makes him feel better about all the money he spends on tickets — virtually all of them courtside seats — which include two season tickets for the Lakers and Clippers games. He also attends about 30 playoff games a year.”

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Goldstein is fairly clued into a truth we normal folk who mine OTAs for the best prices understand. He tells Peter, “The cost of flying privately is ridiculously expensive.”

So as you rush to the gate to get a preferred boarding on a Southwest flight, bumping into your fellow travelers, know that you may just be rubbing literal elbows with the rich and fairly famous.

Sadly, this doesn’t make coach feel the least bit roomier.


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