I cannot believe it. As in, I TRULY cannot believe it. It has taken me until this summer to sign up for a frequent flyer miles program.
I was really not savvy about them, and still had the old idea in my head that they really limited your ability to choose your airline, etc. (and me being me, I always just pick the cheapest airline when I travel). Well, I finally joined a program -- way too late, I might add, giving that joining is free and I should have just DONE it a long time ago, even if I wasn't sure I would use it.
Now I am becoming one of those people -- I want to get a credit card with my program, so I can earn more miles, I want to do business with their partners, etc. Because programs have really changed -- especially if you join a large program (I am with Delta Skymiles). This is in no way an advertisement for Delta, but I've been really happy so far that I joined them, because they have so many partner airlines, and so many flights form my home airport of Boston Logan. I'm waiting for a bit to take the leap into a credit card with them (is American Express even a useful card to have? And $95 a year? Psssht.), but very happily been researching all the different ways to earn miles. Plus, being on their email list, I have been given a lot of great offers (like a matching program before the holidays, so that I could earn extra miles).
Now, I used to be with British Airways (actually, still am, though I haven't flown them in about 6 years...), and it was truly not helpful. BA doesn't fly anywhere really useful to me, and even when I lived in Britain, Delta flights were so much cheaper that I never would have chosen a BA flight.
But what do you think? Are you in a program that you love/hate? Do you have any insider tips? I read this article today, and it appears there is a whole world of people more savvy than I about how to really work those miles -- and if you're one of them, I need you to teach me how to do it!
Inf act, I am so into this that I'm starting a Twitter conversation about it, hashtag #flyermilestips. If you have any thoughts or want to pass on info or ask questions, that's where I'll be -- and if I can't answer a question, I promise to find someone who can!