At one time, frequent fliers with an airlines were rewarded for their customer loyalty. It seems that those days may be receding and becoming a fond memory:

“…Recently, American Airlines announced new and increased fees for those who want to upgrade economy seats using frequent-flier miles. Beginning Oct. 1, passengers traveling within North America and Central America will have to shell out $50 in addition to 15,000 earned miles. Transcontinental passengers will see their one-way fees jump from $300 to $350.”

link: Airlines put pinch on frequent fliers

Many people save those frequent flier points and plan on some future excursion. Unfortunately, the value of those accumulated points is decreasing – and in some cases, they might vanish completely. People in the travel industry are recommending that those saved frequent flier points be used soon, while they retain some value.

Catherine Forsythe