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Well more often than not these days booking a free ticket plane ticket that is using frequent flyers is a game of chance.
Usually leaving the consumer out of luck -- without a seat.
But some airlines do it better than others here with the best airline's cash in your frequent flier miles as -- seen.
The CEO of fare -- dot com Rick welcome back to show the agency.
Page and I did.
I'm good yet there's this interesting study out that showed that the value airlines.
The -- more airlines actually give you a better deal when it comes to frequent flier seats in the old legacy airlines do you think that's right.
How I think that's right I think for the most part these low cost -- so called low cost airlines southwest jetBlue United States you have.
Air Berlin over in Europe for example.
They concentrate on giving that they have -- a business advantage to doing that too they fly a lot of shorter flights in typically those flights aren't -- full so they have more seats to give away.
In a new business model of airlines that ninety dollar barrel oil where they have to fill every seat.
It's just much more difficult to redeem than it used to be just to give you a point.
-- reference it last year American Airlines are deemed 5000001.
Way awards in the United States I mean there's a domestic airline it's a lot of redemption.
Well that's I never thought it was that big that's interesting that report we were talking about though had five top US airlines to book tickets -- -- they said southwest you mentioned them AirTran.
JetBlue united and -- -- -- do you agree with outlets -- have a right.
Oh yeah I would be.
Pretty close there if you if you ask a lot of frequent travelers and I do a lot of this over the last three years if you were asked if you're looking at legacy programs.
American would be sort of at the top of the heap.
-- and you have basically following that united.
Then US Airways and then delta US Airways you become part of Americans -- people are hoping it'll move up in the rankings and then when you have southwest and jetBlue paid people -- to like those.
More than the legacy carriers in general.
Yeah I I can understand that they they do have their appeal especially as -- airplanes or at least New York.
But there's something else go -- on here which I think is really interesting and now getting a lot of reporting.
Airlines are dumping capacity.
And doing -- flying fewer routes.
And I'm thinking here comes a higher prices what's going on and what should I be looking out for this summer in this ball.
Well right now are tracking shows we've been tracking -- since 2003 that prices this summer up only about 1% compared to last year.
That's the good news the bad news is last summer was the most expensive we saw since 2003.
I think what's happening is airlines -- actually increased the prices to the saturation point for consumers.
And that -- they've been trying to raise fares almost every two weeks.
This year and they've had limited success doing that I think they finally reached sort of the maximum especially where the economy is today.
What you know it's interesting because you do see them.
Move these numbers -- -- and it's consumer it's hard to track it over time and understand what the real underlying trends are.
Are -- to get back to frequent flying for just a second.
You -- advisor you get people out there who were trying to manage this points in an intelligent way.
Right so first of all I think like most people I know I'm a member of like twelve programs -- only -- two of them because that's 90% of all the flights out of my.
My particular city so I think you pick a couple you monitor them really well and then in my personal case.
I'm going to use them for any ticket that's expensive last minute travel.
A special trip I want to take -- my wife.
You know somewhere.
I'm I like to give away points in my particular case to charity for example so any time -- -- really is over 475.
Dollars you should consider using your points.
If it's below that use cash it's a better deal.
While that is a great point of reference I love that -- exe thanks for coming on tonight always a pleasure to have you on the show thank you so much.
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