Thanks for the “free” flight, Philippine Airlines! Now how do I redeem it?

When Nathan Thompson’s flight to Manila is subjected to numerous delays, Philippine Airlines promises him a “free” ticket. So why won’t it honor its promise? Read more “Thanks for the “free” flight, Philippine Airlines! Now how do I redeem it?”

Did United Airlines overcompensate this passenger?

Gary Wiener’s question comes along only once in a blue moon. Did United Airlines overcompensate him after a recent flight delay?
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Why I love Delta’s new loyalty program – and why you’ll probably hate it

Loyalty programs may be the single greatest scam pulled on the traveling public.
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Are new loyalty programs fair to travelers?

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If you’re unhappy with your loyalty program, join the club. So is William Beeman, a Delta Air Lines frequent flier who’s been trying to score an upgrade from San Francisco to Geneva after surgery to reattach his quadriceps at the knee.

Trying and failing.

For him, the process feels like a bait-and-switch. To avoid being wedged into a Lilliputian economy-class seat for 14 hours, Beeman says he worked hard to earn elite status on Delta. But when he tried to redeem his miles for an upgrade, the airline wanted even more.
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No more mileage runs? That’s bad news for everyone

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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.

“With the new revenue requirements in place, mileage running will rarely make economic sense, except in cases where a traveler is just a few miles and dollars short of an elite threshold,” says Tim Winship, publisher of FrequentFlier.com.
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