Flier Talk

Business Traveler (USA) - - SPECIAL REPORT -

How­ever, Ram­sey Qubein, a writer for Busi­ness Trav­eler and and an ex­pert on fre­quent flier mat­ters, be­lieves the cli­mate for work­ing with air­line re­wards points is ac­tu­ally bet­ter these days due to the on­line tools, apps and web­sites that as­sist trav­el­ers in man­ag­ing their ac­counts.

Qubein re­cently oc­cu­pied a seat in the Eti­had Pen­t­house to Abu Dhabi through points earned. He notes that the mon­i­tor­ing, the call­ing, the horse-trad­ing that can be done be­tween air­lines, their part­ners and an­cil­lary earn­ing mech­a­nisms are well worth the time, and he be­lieves smart fliers can al­ways gain the ad­van­tage.

“Alaska is a big fa­vorite be­cause it’s the only ma­jor US car­rier to still award miles based on dis­tance flown and it has a lot of part­ners like Amer­i­can, Delta, Emi­rates and Korean among oth­ers,”he says.

On the other hand com­pa­nies like Delta are tak­ing these pro­grams and send­ing them in the op­po­site di­rec­tion, says Qubein. “Delta is very chal­leng­ing be­cause they do not pub­lish an award re­demp­tion chart and the web­site is tricky when it comes to pric­ing awards. Some can cost as much as 300,000 to 400,000 in points for a busi­ness class ticket or 150,000 for econ­omy. Ridicu­lous.”

Qubein is a 30-some­thing g trav­eler who has been able to main­tain ain elite sta­tus with his air­line pro­grams. ams. How­ever, this sta­tus may not t be as im­por­tant to fliers in years too come, and it may not be as crit­i­cal to the wave of Mil­len­nial fre­quent fliers who are about to be­come the e key mar­ket for the air­lines.

“For me it is still para­mount to main­tain elite sta­tus but I travel

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