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]