Going through award charts recently gave me two ideas that would make frequent flier programs so much more logical and fair, but I have never heard of a single FF program that works this way. Please tell me any reasons why an FF program should NOT work in the two ways outlined below.
1) Miles earned based on $$$ spent.
Why award miles based on distance flown? This is unfair, people who have spent thousands earn the same amount as people who got the $59 ticket. Yes I know there are systems in place like award 125% for true Y class and so on. But hey, why not just award ONE MILE PER DOLLAR SPENT, no matter what class, which products, whatever. This is how loyalty programs should work. (Don't know if it would be per dollar before tax, or including tax. I guess without tax)
2) Miles used for awards linear to award fare cost
Why have all these stupid award charts, then awards are not available on that date, and what not. Why not do it the following way: EACH MILE REDEEMED LOWERS PRICE BY 1 CENT. So you would just use 40.000 miles for booking an award ticket that would normally cost $400.00. Or use 20.000 miles to lower that ticket's cost by $200.00, and pay the rest. You'd have to buy the ticket through the airline's web site though, not through Orbitz and those.
Your opinions please.