Mileage statements, while not being worth much in strict dollar terms, can involve flight credits worth a lot of money either in freebies, upgrades or status. Check them.
A recent study done by Idea Works for Switchfly outlines the state of today's frequent flier programs. And, the picture isn't pretty when it comes to US airlines.
For the first time in decades, the cold reality of the SkyMiles program will send many of us into mileage-collecting rehab, where we can be weaned from our frequent flier addiction and finally make a more informed and rational booking decision.
It may be too early to write the obituary for frequent-flier mileage runs — those legendary year-end flights that offer a shortcut to an airline's coveted "elite" status — but it's easy to see the end from here. With Delta Air Lines and United Airlines tightening their loyalty program rules in 2014 to require more spending in order to get singled out for special treatment, many of these frivolous round trips could vanish after this winter.
Many benefits that were once only the province of very frequent fliers are available to travelers who haven't set foot on an aircraft in years. Heck, new travel credit card benefits are better in some cases than any airline benefit gained from being an elite level frequent flier.
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If you don't like some of the recent changes to your airline loyalty program, talk to Mike Croswell. He's a United Airlines "Million Miler" who assumed that his three decades of devotion to the airline would be reciprocated after he stopped being a frequent flier.
If you haven't read your contract with your frequent flier program, you might take some time to do so. Those precious miles that you so carefully earn and add up, don't belong to you. They belong to the airlines. And, they mean it.
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