|Quoting N62NA (Thread starter):|
Frequent flier programs are like pyramid schemes
|Quoting N62NA (Thread starter):|
And second, many of those elite program apologists will do anything to defend the system that has rewarded them, the chosen few who excel at the mileage game. They argue incorrectly that loyalty programs are good for anyone. When that line of reasoning fails, they backtrack and claim that if you're a frequent traveler, you'll benefit by belonging to their little club (also almost always wrong). Finally, when they're cornered, they resort to ad hominem attacks against anyone who criticizes their beloved frequent flier programs.
|Quoting AustrianZRH (Reply 3):|
The European and Asian FFPs are much more of a scam than the US ones. Simply because they charge that ridiculous "fuel surcharge" on your award ticket.
|Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 12):|
FlyingBlue (KL/AF) eliminated fuel surcharges on award tickets within Europe (including Israel and North Africa) last June. You now only pay government/airport taxes/fees.
|Quoting BoeingGuy (Reply 18):|
What is getting to be a scam is how difficult it is to redeem miles, especially on DL. Try getting a 25,000 mile award ticket on AS or DL on something as simple as SEA-MSP. Try getting anything international from SEA on DL at the lowest award level, and certainly not anything including the more convenient flights like SEA-NRT. Try booking SEA-JAC on a DL award for 25,000 miles.
|Quoting jetblueguy22 (Reply 19):|
This! Couldn't agree more. I haven't had a reward ticket at 25,000 miles since the NW days. I remember getting a first class ticket on NW for 40,000! DL is always 40,000+ for MSP-BDL in coach. That is for sure where I can see someone calling it a scam. But at the same time people are redeeming those 40,000 miles for a ticket. It might be a sketchy, but people are taking part in it!
|Quoting CoachClass (Reply 22):|
I believe that U.S. residents should maintain FF programs with U.S. airlines regardless of where/how they get their miles. My experience with LH's Miles and More compared to UA, DL, US and AA proved a lot more expensive to redeem and more cumbersome to maintain miles. When you redeem miles from LH you have to pay German VAT taxes as well as any US taxes and certain fees. Costs of redeeming FF tickets from AA, US, UA, DL are considerably cheaper and easier to keep. I learned that although I like flying LH and Swiss, I make sure to earmark those miles to UA and to stop using European FF programs.
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