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Want a free flight? These airlines give frequent flyers their best chance

Want a free flight? These airlines give frequent flyers their best chance

Old May 16, 18, 11:15 am
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Want a free flight? These airlines give frequent flyers their best chance

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Southwest at the top, followed by AC.
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Old May 16, 18, 7:33 pm
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The methodology bothers me. A LOT.
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Old May 17, 18, 11:09 pm
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AC in second? That's a laugh.

And why is WestJet even there? It's purely a ticket discount program.
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Old May 25, 18, 9:21 pm
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And why is WestJet even there? It's purely a ticket discount program.
Because the methodology is crap. It "normalizes" the routes for comparison by choosing the most popular routes for each airline. Then the rewards are declared "available" if the points required fall under some threshold based on CC-based earning. Only online results count and they just pick a couple days and scan the data manually.

At least that's how they used to do it last time I bothered to read the report. I'd be shocked if they changed it, though. He gets sufficient publicity (and sponsorship to produce it) every year that I wouldn't if I were him.
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Old May 27, 18, 10:37 pm
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Well, it does mention lowest-cost award, but if an airline is trying to do away with the chart like Delta, that could be misleading.

ULCCs also have a lot of their profitability tied to all the extra fees for everything, and those don't go away with awards. So you should EXPECT them to have better availability, but instead the least-unbundled airlne, Southwest, gets the best scores. Though Rapid Rewards is REALLY an example of award costs in miles being all over the place.
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