A colleague of mine had to attend a Thursday/Friday meeting in a pleasant southern European city. On a company payed economy class ticket - we always fly on economy class.
So he opted for a Sunday evening return and invited his wife to join on a ticket payed with his frequent flyer points. So they could enjoy a nice weekend together.
But no, there was no economy class seat for the wife. The wife could stay at home, or she could go on business class, which would cost almost all points on the account.
So she got the business class ticket - they would sit on different sides of the curtain during the 3+ hr flight.
Not so!!! There were plenty of economy seats available, so the wife just went to the back of the plane.
So yes, the FF
programs do work, but not always the way you would expect. (A very smart way to clean out a hard earned FF
When you read the small letters, then the airline company was probably right. They reserve the right to limit the number of free flights per class on each flight, probably down to zero. Meaning that they probably limit our free tickets to flights which they know almost for sure won't end up fully booked.
when only the airlines tell us how it is. But if they give us the impression that we can choose among their schedules the same way as ordinary paying pax can, while we are excluded from half of their flights, then...