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Ever Feel Guilty Using Your FF Miles?  
User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7540 posts, RR: 7
Posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3653 times:

The reason I ask , is that I just book my flight to LAS . I used my UA Mileage Plus miles for a free (well $10.00) trip . I wasn't going to use them,(the miles),but $550 is more than I wanted to spend now. I figure I've been flying them for 4 years now,and I deserved a freebee.
Anyone else?


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User currently offlinePilottim747 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1607 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3624 times:

I don't feel quilty because the airlines have capacity control. It seems there are fewer and fewer seats available for frequent flier tickets. I'm almost up to earning a free ticket to Europe on Northwest. I looked, just for fun, the other day for space to Hawaii or Europe so I could use the ticket. I searched for quite a while to HNL, OGG, and several cities in Europe. Nothing was available to be booked. Can't feel real quilty about that.

pilottim747



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User currently offlineDeltaffindfw From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1448 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3572 times:


I don't know if I would call it guilt, but I hesitate to use miles. I have this stupid theory that I don't need to spend 25,000 miles to fly a short distance like DFW-ATL to visit friends. I rationalize that paying $250 is better!


User currently offlineDutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 56
Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3535 times:

Guilty? NO WAY! The mileage programs were created to reward frequent flyers who "earned" their miles by flying with that airline or using service offered by the airline partners, and the fun part is cashing the miles in for travel. I save miles for longer trips, in business class, where otherwise the fares would be far too expensive for me to pay out of my pocket.

User currently offlineJBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4491 posts, RR: 21
Reply 4, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3516 times:

I accrue a fair amount, but I donate all mine to Make-A-Wish and other charitable organizations. There are a whole lot of people in this world who want/need to fly places more than I do. It's the very least I can do.


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User currently offlineFlyboy36y From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3039 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3506 times:

I think by guilty, he meant upset that you are spending miles instead of saving them up for an ever better prize. I often feel that way. I've spent 75,000 miles on upgrades...

User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7540 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3470 times:

The way I was looking at it is,United isn't doing great financially,but my fare isn't going to make them any better.(finanancially)


'Empathy was yesterday...Today, you're wasting my Mother-F'ing time' - Heat.
User currently offlineSHUPirate1 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3670 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3441 times:

I remember, about two weeks after US Airways had emerged from bankruptcy, getting VDBed from a PHF-CLT flight...I got a free roundtrip ticket voucher, and needed a ticket from LGA to AGS for the summer (keep in mind, that the dates I needed to go precluded a Saturday stay), and was asked if I was a millionaire, because the price of the ticket was $1300...needless to say, I was more than happy to use the "Get Out Of New York Free" card on that trip...


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User currently offlineMyk From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3357 times:

The funny thing is, as long as I was a student, I almost immediatly spent my first 20000 miles for a trip between Paris and Germany. Now that I have approx. 100 000, I am more and more miserly to spend them and I refuse to spend 20000 miles just for a domestic flight. I think that the best thing is to accumulate till I can ask for a transpacific or transatlantic business ticket. The price difference makes it really a good deal !

User currently offlineBullpitt From Spain, joined Mar 2004, 871 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3261 times:

The last time I used my IB FF points was to take my next door neighbor's daughter on her first flight, my son and I flew non rev. Hope it will be something she'll always remember.  Smokin cool


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User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13198 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3145 times:

NO WAY...Now you may be guilty if used the miles for an upgrade insteaad of a trip later, or being greedy and trying to save up for the Hawaii trip, but this is a motivation program for you to use a particular airline. You don't have any guilt buying something at Walmart vs. a local store do you or using coupons at a store? If I can get a free flight once after taking a number of flights, if got the miles on a cheap vacation flight, then fine.

User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6206 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3063 times:

Why would anyone feel guilty for using FF miles? You earned them, didn't you?


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User currently offlineJeffb From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 98 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3036 times:

I will feel guilty when the CEO, making easy 7+ figures, feels guilty for his salary.

User currently offlineCactus739 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2450 posts, RR: 30
Reply 13, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3036 times:

JBirdAv8r... That's pretty cool of you I have to say...way to go... make someone's life a little happier...


United_Fan... no need for feeling guilty. You earned them, they gave them to you, they're there for you to use!



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User currently offlineJcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 39
Reply 14, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3014 times:

No. I paid for my tickets myself and if the airline offers free tickets then I am going to take full advantage of it. Because I have paid for about ten trips, I think the airline can afford to give me a free trip in return.

Damn, after what JBird said I feel like a jerk!  Big grin



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User currently offlineB4real From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 2661 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2972 times:

Guilty, no, but I agree w/ Deltaffindfw

I will NOT use my miles (over 300K) for a flight that is a good deal in coach, but will definitely use them for 1st class trips and expensive venues.

It is your right, go 4 it!



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User currently offlineFrequentFlyKid From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1206 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2965 times:

Do you think the airline feels guilty for taking your money?

User currently offlineBobb From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 246 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2902 times:

Guilty?

Wait... Airlines are FOR-PROFIT entities. OK, I know we all love planes and sometimes a favorite, but guilty? Are UAL's marketing Ads THAT GOOD?  Big grin


User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2878 times:

You should NEVER feel guilty using FF miles - you've earned them, let the airline honour their commitment in return. They are banking on most FQTV not redeeming all their mileage, and put every possible obstacle in place to prevent you from doing so (except if your Top Tier Super Platinum Deluxe) - so do your best to disappoint them. There are literally trillions of unused FF miles out there, and if everyone decided to use them all at once, every airline with a program would go bankrupt immediately. Hence stringent capacity controls make it IMPOSSIBLE for all FF to use their miles.

User currently offlineAirbear From Australia, joined May 2001, 648 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2858 times:

United_Fan... rest easy pal! You are doing them a favour by using your points.

All those millions & millions of unused Miles are accounted for by all airlines, as Current Liabilities, Accrued Liabilities, or some similar account title, and are given a nominal $-value. Too many unused points "out there" stick out like sore thumbs on their Balance Sheets.

The more miles used, the better. Up to a point, of course. That's where the Yield Management systems come into the picture - to provide a proper balance on any given flight, between revenue earned (in all classes), and freebies given away. If there is a seat available as a freebie on a flight, it is there after careful consideration. Sure, they'd love to sell the seat, but they also want to reduce that Liability.

Also, they know/hope that you'll be back with your real $$$ next time.

So ... redeem away with abandon!


User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12281 posts, RR: 35
Reply 20, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks ago) and read 2800 times:
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Just a question regarding FF miles and VDB. If you are travelling on an award ticket, are you eligible for VDB compensation?


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User currently offlineRegis From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks ago) and read 2780 times:

My impression is that the word "guilty" here was not used in the sense of feeling bad for "hurting" the airlines by using one's FF miles instead of paying for a ticket, but guilty in the sense of wasting your miles, of the dilemma between cashing in on your FF miles or saving them for a rainy day.

It takes me about two years of flying with my FF carrier (SWISS) to earn the 70,000 miles needed for a transatlantic award in coach. So yes I feel bad when I think that my two-year effort in saving FF miles will suddenly evaporate in one trip. But then the prospect of bankruptcy in the airline industry is very high, so the thought of losing my FF miles in a liquidation offsets my guilt for using them while the airline is still operating.

[Edited 2004-03-29 17:38:19]

User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 52
Reply 22, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks ago) and read 2744 times:

Ive only used my mileage stash once so far, and it was to bring a friend over to visit from the UK since otherwise he wouldn't have been able to afford to come...no guilt about that of course...

Greg



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User currently offlineBobb From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 246 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2666 times:

About spending your miles on the wrong trip...

WN's frequent flyer program doesn't count miles. When you get a free ticket, it's good for anywhere WN flies. So potentially you could spend your free ticket for a $70 trip vs spending on a $300 trip. In the old days then those "free" coupons were paper and totally transferable, you could, and I think many did, sold them at eBay for the WN max $300 - 50. Now however, they are electronic and not as easy to transfer.


User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12281 posts, RR: 35
Reply 24, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2611 times:
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After this summer, I will have 50.000 NW miles. What should I do? Spend them on two domestic roundtrips? Or 2 transatlantic upgrades? If I do an upgrade, is it good from origin to destination, or only the overseas segment. Example, if I fly RST-MSP-DTW-JFK-AMS-OSL-AMS-DTW-MSP-RST, will all of those be in F/WBC? I am more likely to afford to buy roundtrip domestic tickets, than overseas business...


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25 Ssides : KaiGywer -- definitely cash in on the upgrade opportunity. I can't think of many domestic flights that are worth 25,000 miles.
26 Post contains images United_Fan : Thanks everyone . I didn't feel that guilty I will be spending money to fly on UA to LAX or SNA in July (for ai2004!!) and then probably out to SEA i
27 Fanoftristars : I always hesitate to use my miles, but the last 50k I spent was completely worth it! I cashed in the miles to fly my sister and her husband to Boston
28 NIKV69 : Why would you feel guilty? You earned the miles, use them!
29 DeltAirlines : I might have to fly down to GSO next weekend. Right now, the cheapest airfare is about $350, and it would be me going with another person. DL has SkyS
30 InnocuousFox : I upgraded my wife to FC last week (she was coming out 2 days after me) without telling her. She had been up late the night before and had a 7:35 flig
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