You've probably seen the recent ads addressing some
customers' frustrations with frequent flyer programs.
Southwest Airlines is touting "no blackout dates"
for its Rapid Rewards program. Alec Baldwin is pushing
Capital One's Venture Card, which allows customers to
"fly any airline, anytime." If you're a member
of a frequent flyer program, you've probably experienced
some of the challenges of trying to earn and then cash
in your miles. If you're considering joining a program,
you may be wondering, "Is it worth it?"
The answer is: It depends. Obviously, the first
factor to consider is, how often do you fly? Do you
usually travel domestically or internationally? If you're
an incredibly frequent flyer, are you interested in
the perks offered to this elite class? Your choices
may be limited by which airlines fly from your local
airport or which airlines your company wants you to
fly. Even if your company pays for your flights, you
may have to pay for any upgrades you earn.