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Will you let your airline FF program charge you for "free" flights

Will you let your airline FF program charge you for "free" flights

Jul 17th, 2008, 03:24 PM
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Will you let your airline FF program charge you for "free" flights

I was just notified that my carrier is going to start charging for "free" flights.

Not the usual and understandable (well somewhat) costs imposed by the government, but for the costs of flying the plane.

Do I hear a multibillion dollar a year industry of selling frequent flier points imploding?

I am wondering where my representatives are, besides spending "campaign funds" on fuel surcharges?

I will do my best to oppose this.
ContPlat is offline  
Jul 17th, 2008, 03:38 PM
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I am wondering where my representatives are

Not sure if you got the news, but airline commerce is no longer federally regulated.
DonTopaz is offline  
Jul 17th, 2008, 03:44 PM
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Gosh, I thought the question had to do with getting cheated. Sorry, I will try another forum.
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Jul 17th, 2008, 04:49 PM
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I don't understand your reply, ContPlat. You post to an Internet discussion board, you're bound to get replies that disagree with you.

Rizzuto is right. The government doesn't regulate these things. It hasn't in years. A letter to your Congressional representative won't get you very far.

Airlines have never promised that the terms of their FF programs would remain constant, and I don't think they have ever promised "totally free flights." Rules that were set up long before oil reached $130-140 a barrel are bound to change. They have to. It's frustrating, to be sure, that the programs have become more and more restrictive, but what's your alternative? Switch carriers and start completely from scratch with another FF program? I wouldn't relish that thought after building up so many miles and so much status with AA, my FF program.

Even paying fuel surcharges, there are great deals to be had out there. I'm looking at a "dream trip" sometime in the next year, one I've always wanted to make, and one for which I want to reward myself with a first-class ticket. I have enough flexibility to be able to play around with dates and not have to burn up a huge number of my miles. Any fuel surcharges I'll have to pay are nothing compared to the thousands of dollars a ticket for the same trip would cost.

I don't feel cheated at all.
Jeff_Costa_Rica is offline  
Jul 17th, 2008, 07:02 PM
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Please read the fine print on any FF program. The airline can do whatever they want, anytime they want, with their FF program.

They can immediately terminate their program this minute and there's nothing you can do about that.
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Jul 17th, 2008, 08:04 PM
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Weird posting history ContPlat? One angry thread 2 years ago trying to kick up a letter writing campaign re Continental's Presidents Club. Then fast forward to today and four posts all pretty much trying to pick fights w/ someone - either airline execs, TSA, or Congress.

janisj is online now  
Jul 18th, 2008, 06:42 AM
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Hmmm..I'm guessing he/she is a refugee
from FT who got chased into the jungle....But I wont kn ow since I dont have time to do that research.
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