Airlines tweaking frequent-flier programs with more fees, fewer miles

09/8/2008 | CNNMoney · USA Today

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%. 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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