Frequent Flyers Burned 4 Billion Miles In Two Weeks – With Just One Airline

News and notes from around the interweb:

  • Some people shouldn’t be allowed to board in the first place.

  • Several airlines with new shopping portal bonuses

  • Beyond resorts fees and venue fees, now Vegas casinos are stealing your change

  • You’ve got to film a plane to put one in a commercial…

  • Cockroaches on British Airways

  • Qantas members burned 4 billion miles in two weeks. They booked just one first class Airbus A380 flgiht from Sydney to LA (kidding).

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Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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  1. I’m curious if you watched the video prior to posting? The man clearly has a face mask on… So is the appalling part that he used the lav while taxiing? Happens all the time. Could have had 15 more minutes until actually taking off. Again, I realize you need clicks and the need to bash AA over everything is intense, but petty stuff like this loses you credence when you might have an actual gripe.

  2. There was a cockroach on an airline out of ORD to EWR many years ago. I was in 1B, the stewardess backed out of the galley looking a bit troubled. I got up, killed it with their magazine – a very slow roach – and sat down. Then she was looking for someone to remove the body.

  3. Avg of 22,000 miles per redemption during that Qantas 2 week period. Close to home travel still the biggest use of miles by far.

  4. Lav while taxiing is an FAA violation for sure. That being said, the risk is so small, probably 100-1000x smaller than jaywalking on an empty crosswalk in Manhattan.

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