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Category Archives: Frequent Flyers

Get a second silver, gold or platinum status

United-SAIf you are a silver, gold or platinum member of a oneworld or SkyTeam airline you can get within 1-2 weeks a second similar status for a period of 90 days by using United Airlines’ status match challenge. Admittedly, United is a terrible airline, but it would also give you the Star Alliance gold status. Note that travelers with a Star Alliance silver of gold status are excluded from this offer as competition between members of the same alliance is not strong. Flyers who have...
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How many reward seats are available?

Southewest AirlinesBoth in Europe and the USA low-cost airlines provide consumers the best of both worlds: budget prices and better reward seat availability according to IdeaWorks Company’s annual survey based on 7,140 booking and fare queries. This year they replaced the term ‘low-cost’ with ‘value-oriented’. Southwest Airlines in the USA and airberlin in Europe have award seats available on 100% of the requests. The average availability among the 6 ‘value-oriented’ carriers is 87.4%, while the traditional airlines register 72.6%. Click here for the table displaying...
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Satisfaction with miles is mixed

TicketsFrequent flyer miles are subject to high inflation as airlines increase prices of reward tickets on a regular basis. Small wonder that the biggest concern among people earning miles or points for a flight is that award flights are getting too expensive, according to a survey conducted by MileCards.com, a frequent flyer credit card comparison website. American Airlines’ AAdvantage program, for example, increased many award prices on March 22, 2016. MileCards.com calls the changes ‘far reaching and complicated’. You can access the new award chart here and...
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A rarity in the aviation industry

Alaska AirlinesFriendly skies are a thing of the past. The propaganda of Airlines for America (A4A) – the US aviation industry’s trade group – tries its best to raise the impression that friendly skies still exist. However, propaganda cannot do the trick. More customer-friendly airline policies could, but that may reduce short-term profits a little bit and today that is the last thing carriers want. Since most airlines turned their loyalty programs into profit centers it has become more and more totally senseless for passengers to remain loyal to a particular...
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How rational are frequent travelers?

Rennen om je vliegtuig te halenMileage runs used to be rational for travelers as they could earn many miles on cheap tickets. When flyers do a mileage run their purpose is not to travel to a particular place. Their only goal is earning miles to renew their elite status in the airline’s frequent flyer program. Frequent Business Traveler (a travel magazine), FlyerTalk (an online travel community) and ExpertFlyer (a frequent flyer website) collaboratively conducted a survey among their readers/visitors in late December 2015. They asked the...
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Reader’s question about Miles & Smiles

A330+.ac-19Recently, we wrote about the experience of one of our readers, who is a senator (gold card member) of Lufthansa’s Miles & More program. His complaint was that he earned only 25% of the miles flown as status miles when he flew Turkish Airlines on a business class ticket. When we contact Miles & More this appears to be a deliberate corporate policy. The problem is that Lufthansa is unable to compete with Turkish Airlines on the price/quality ratio. Therefore, the carrier tries to discourage its Miles &...
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