Articles tagged “frequent flier programs”

It’s Getting Easier to Redeem Frequent Flyer Miles: New Study

It’s Getting Easier to Redeem Frequent Flyer Miles: New Study

Brian Sumers, Skift

It's becoming easier for travelers on many airlines to use frequent flyer miles. That's the good news. But many airlines are only making the cheapest award tickets available on flights where the cash fare is low. In many cases, that means airline miles aren't as valuable as before.

1 week ago

Why Your Airline Award Flight Is (Often) Not Exactly Free

Why Your Airline Award Flight Is (Often) Not Exactly Free

Brian Sumers, Skift

Southwest doesn't care if you pay with points or cash. That's for good reason. Even if you pay with points, the airline often gets paid.

2 months ago

Should More Airlines Spin Off Their Loyalty Programs?

Should More Airlines Spin Off Their Loyalty Programs?

Brian Sumers, Skift

Joseph DeNardi, an analyst with Stifel, is passionate about his thesis — that airlines should sell their frequent flyer programs. Yes, an airline can make money doing so. But airlines that don't operate their own programs sometimes get into trouble. They have far less data about customers than their competitors. And in 2017, access to data is a big deal.

6 months ago

Southwest and JetBlue Loyalty Plans Are Best for Free Domestic Tickets Says Study

Southwest and JetBlue Loyalty Plans Are Best for Free Domestic Tickets Says Study

Brian Sumers, Skift

Southwest and JetBlue might have the cheapest redemptions, but savvy frequent flyers generally still find more value in programs offered by American, Delta, and United.

2 years ago

DOT Auditor: Government Should Scrutinize Frequent Flier Program Changes

DOT Auditor: Government Should Scrutinize Frequent Flier Program Changes

Brian Sumers, Skift

When it comes to regulating frequent flier programs, the U.S. Department of Transportation has little authority.

2 years ago

A New Strategy for Earning and Keeping Airline Elite Status in 2015

A New Strategy for Earning and Keeping Airline Elite Status in 2015

Grant Martin, Skift

Next year’s traveler will need to be both diligent with their travel partner and smart with their wallet to hit their milestones – but as always with elite status, where there’s a will there’s a way.

3 years ago