United Airlines is changing its frequent flyer plan so that miles accrued don't expire in a member's lifetime. Wednesday's change to MileagePlus aligns United's program with those of Delta Air Lines and JetBlue Airways. Delta changed its mileage expiration policy in early 2011. … [Read more...] about United Airlines frequent flyer miles will no longer expire
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Home Loyalty Programs Are U.S. Frequent Flyer Programs Still Worthwhile?Are U.S. Frequent Flyer Programs Still Worthwhile? May 10, 2019 by The Points Pundit U.S. frequent flyer programs are changing. If you’re feeling unsure where to place your loyalty, you’re not alone. In a previous blog we delved into how loyalty programs are becoming increasingly complex and disloyal to their customers. This was primarily based on the premise that loyalty programs were not being upfront in delivering on promises. Only a few weeks after that, United was the latest major US airline to announce that they’re also doing away with award charts. A recent Bloomberg piece goes further in its analysis. It builds the argument that since most of the legacy programs are dead, it’s time to build loyalty through international programs that are still largely distance based. Let’s examine a few excerpts and facets from the story on Bloomberg. I’ll elaborate why I … [Read more...] about Are U.S. Frequent Flyer Programs Still Worthwhile?
Eric Rosen Bloomberg L.P. Published 10:40 PM EDT Apr 9, 2019 Are you a Delta loyalist? Fly only American Airlines or United? It’s time to switch. With the news last week that like Delta, United will start pricing award tickets dynamically (i.e., more expensively) later this year, flyers were left wondering whether investing the time and effort to rack up miles with U.S. frequent-flyer programs is even worth it anymore. Even more so since this is only the latest airline to devalue its loyalty program. In the past few years, the major U.S. airline frequent-flyer programs have changed not only how flyers can earn and redeem award miles but also the requirements for earning elite status. Earning any status now means spending from $3,000 to $15,000 per year on airfare in addition to flying between 25,000 and 125,000 miles. And accruing miles is more difficult, too — especially painful when the price of some single one-way business class awards can reach an astronomical … [Read more...] about U.S. frequent flyers can score better deals with international carriers
WalletHub is out with a list of what it considers the Best Frequent Flyer Programs for 2019. Because the term “best” is usually relative to the traveler, lists of this kind can range from useful to clickbait. WalletHub’s version seems to be the former; it includes substantial data points and even an interactive calculator where travelers can enter their travel budget to find the best option for them. The survey ranks the 10 largest domestic airlines based on 23 key metrics, ranging from the breadth of the airline’s route map to the ease of attaining elite status to the airline’s fees. The methodology is quite extensive, (which we’ll get to in a moment). Related: Can You Sell Frequent Flyer Miles? The ‘Best’ Frequent Flyer Programs As for that list, here are the WalletHub rankings. Delta SkyMiles (for the fourth straight year in WalletHub’s rankings) United Airlines JetBlue Airways Southwest Airlines Hawaiian Airlines … [Read more...] about The Best Frequent Flyer Programs for 2019, Ranked
Frequent flier witnesses theft of 140,000 miles from his account Chris McGinnis, Tim Jue Updated 1:32 pm CST, Monday, January 7, 2019 A frustrated frequent flyer watched hackers steal 140,000 American Airlines miles from his account A frustrated frequent flyer watched hackers steal 140,000 American Airlines miles from his account Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI, Getty Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI, Getty Image 1 of / 32 Caption Close Image 1 of 32 A frustrated frequent flyer watched hackers steal 140,000 American Airlines miles from his account A frustrated frequent flyer watched hackers steal 140,000 American Airlines miles from his account Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI, Getty Protecting yourself against frequent flyer program … [Read more...] about Protecting yourself against frequent flyer program hackers