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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Women's Day Perk

MOSCOW -- In honor of the March 8 women's day holiday, Aeroflot is offering women free business class tickets to European destinations through April 16, provided they fly with a man who pays his own way.

Free tickets are given away only on a space-available basis, and couples must stay over at their destination at least three days.

"It is a gift to women in honor of the spring holiday," an Aeroflot spokeswoman said.

Dmitry Gorin, an airline industry analyst at Inna Tour in Moscow, said that whatever its original intention, the promotion had turned out to be at least as much a present for men as for women. "It's very popular. The point of the promotion is that she doesn't have to be your wife," Gorin said. "It can be any woman."

British Airways offered special Valentine's Day fares to couples traveling to London last month, but there was no stipulation that the full-fare ticket be purchased by a man. "I guess they're more democratic," Gorin said.