In the face of high fuel prices, airlines are recalibrating frequent-flier perks such as mileage bonuses for elite-level members and minimum miles for short-haul flights. For example, Continental Airlines said Friday it will begin crediting its Silver Elite fliers with a 25% mileage bonus rather than 50%, following the lead of US Airways, which ended its mileage bonuses last month. Continental and Frontier Airlines also said they will begin awarding actual mileage for short-haul flights, rather than minimum awards of 500 or 250 miles, respectively. On reward tickets, fuel surcharges, processing fees and re-deposit fees are becoming the norm rather than the exception. "It's just another way that airlines are trying to recoup their increased fuel costs," said airline analyst Raymond Neidl.
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