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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Planning on using your frequent flyer points to book a free ticket?

If so, plan in advance, as the airlines are offering only a limited amount of seats on each flight.

When choosing peak travel dates many airlines are now charging double the amount of points!

The airlines created the frequent flyer programs 20+ years ago to reward their business travelers. Now the airlines sell miles to many credit card companies. This is one the biggest money makers for the airlines.

Short on points? Many airlines offer an option to purchase additional points by contacting them directly.

Once a “free ticket” was really a free ticket. Now there are many costs involved.

When calling Hawaiian airlines to book your frequent flyer ticket it will cost you $10.00 per booking, while American airlines & Delta will charge $20.00. Frontier, Midwest and United airlines & Continental are $25.00 per ticket. The most expensive ticket goes to US airways of $55.00 for domestic ticket or $70-95 for an international ticket. Southwest, Spirit and AirTran do not charge for phoning in to redeem your miles.

When booking a frequent flyer ticket online all airlines were waiving the booking fee with the exception of US airlines. They will be charging between $25-50 per ticket.

In addition to the booking fee there are also taxes and fees. This will vary depending on the airlines and your desired destination.

Please keep in mind all rates are subject to change without notice. For the most up to date rules and rates please contact the airlines directly!

Marie Glodt
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