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An act of kindness at LAX means Arizona Cardinals tight end Jermaine Gresham can add philanthropist to his highlight reel. When Arizona State University graduate Delilah Cassidy’s credit card wouldn’t make the transaction to pay for her luggage on an American Airlines flight out of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Gresham stepped in to pay the $50 fee.

With her basic economy ticket, Cassidy was only allowed one personal item and had to pay to check the bag she was planning on putting in the overhead bin.

At risk of missing her flight and after trying to consolidate her bags, Cassidy resorted to paying the fee. However, because she had been traveling internationally in Europe, her Chase card recognized fraudulent activity and did not allow the purchase to go through. That’s when Gresham stepped in. While boarding the plane, Cassidy shared her experience on Twitter.

At first Cassidy didn’t recognize Gresham in the midst of the stressful airport situation, but as an avid sports fan and former sports journalism student, she later realized that it was him. After expressing her immense thanks to him, she shared a selfie to Twitter.

TPG reached out to the Cardinals to find out what credit card Gresham used to pay for the luggage, but did not get a response by time of publication. Whichever card it was, we hope he racked up some points on the purchase because he selflessly refused for Cassidy to pay him back.

Basic economy tickets can be pretty reasonably priced, making them attractive to those who are happy to spend as little as possible on a flight. However, fees like Cassidy’s can add up. If you want to avoid these fees, check out this guide on how to use the right credit cards to defeat get around the extra charges that basic economy often entails. Here are some cards that’ll help you out with the downsides of basic economy tickets:

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