My dad does a moderate amount of business travel -- always full fare Y or F (and frequently with 0 advance purchase) -- but doesn't "see the value" of FF programs so he doesn't have numbers for any of the major carriers.
While you're barred from selling or bartering FF
awards, it's entirely legal (at least for most programs--there may be some exceptions out there), to give
awards to another person, who don't necessarily have to be a close relation.
If your dad sees "no value" to FF
programs for himself, why not ask him to sign up anyway and give the tickets he earns to you? If he does as much traveling as you say, you could net a few free tickets per year out of it, especially with first class travel bonuses. But then, once he sees you flying for free, or ordering upgrades off his account, he might decide to keep them for himself, LOL.
(From personal experience, I know that if you've another person's PIN # for their Delta account, they will allow you to order awards and arrange free travel as you please, for any person you choose--as long as it's not intended for sale or barter. I even used the AAdvantage account of a female friend of mine's last year to order a ticket for a third party when we were planning a group event and it was easier for me to arrange all the tickets. The AA
agent knew full well I wasn't the party who held the account nor the person traveling on the award, and simply put me on hold to phone her to confirm I had permission to make the mileage withdrawal.)
Cheers and good luck!
(Heh, looks like while I was typing my post, others had the same good idea.)
[Edited 2005-02-06 08:47:29]