Get The Most Mileage Out Of Frequent Flier Miles
Los Angeles Times:
With airlines raising fares and offering fewer flights, there has never been a better time to take stock of your frequent-flier miles.
Whether by flying or charging your groceries to an airline credit card, racking up frequent-flier miles has never been easier. But keep in mind that they are harder than ever to redeem for flights.
So many people are amassing these "freebies" that there are now an estimated 17 trillion unredeemed miles, or enough for a free airline ticket for every man, woman and child in the U.S. But exchanging them for a free ticket or an upgrade is getting harder, with airlines setting aside fewer seats and adding more blackout dates that limit when you can use the miles to book a flight.