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Postby flan » Wed Aug 06, 2014 7:46 am

djrez4 wrote:Depends on the airline. Southwest, for example, uses fixed-value miles. Each mile is worth a certain dollar amount toward airfare. So, yes, more expensive holiday tickets cost more points.

For other airlines that fix redemption levels, it's slightly different. United charges 25k one way for domestic travel but offers 12.5k saver awards sometimes. The price of the ticket doesn't matter. You may find that saver awards are few and far between during the holidays, so you end up paying more miles for your ticket, but it's not directly related to the ticket price. American has a similar system, but also runs peak and off-peak schedules for some routes - to Europe, for example - and charges fewer miles for off-peak travel. Again, not directly related to ticket price.

The reason there are higher point redemption costs is that they think they will sell the seats at a higher price. Remember, it costs very nearly the same to fly an airplane empty as it does with every seat full, so the airlines discount to fill the plane. There's no need to discount for peak periods, popular routes, etc, so there are fewer, if any, super saver tickets.

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Postby Darrvao777 » Wed Aug 06, 2014 8:23 am

Battery111 wrote:I have A LOT of loyalty programs, and I'm not aware of any that charge an annual fee for membership. There's really no reason to not have an account with everyone and just use them as they are convenient for you.

I thought the OP was referring to annual fees for the associated cards, not the rewards program themselves
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Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Wed Aug 06, 2014 10:48 am

Darrvao777 wrote:I thought the OP was referring to annual fees for the associated cards, not the rewards program themselves

I was referring to both, as I wasn't sure whether an airline-specific credit card was necessary for admission to that airline's rewards program (or, at least, admission to any tier of such a program that provides any real benefit).
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