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Delta, United up frequent flier threshold

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Delta, United up frequent flier threshold

Frequent flier miles have long been one of the biggest perks offered those who travel with considerable regularity, but it is becoming increasingly difficult to take advantage of them. United and Delta recently announced plans to raise the number of miles you have to accumulate to redeem them for certain flights, CNN Money reported.

The policy changes are expected to take effect in February, and industry insiders say they are not shocked by the move. They say it is just the latest in a long line of shifts, including many airlines that have decided to cut some of their least popular flights.

"Domestic carriers have been tinkering with their loyalty programs at a much more rapid pace this past year or so, including adding spending requirements to achieve elite status as well as changing award redemption requirements," Rick Seaney, chief executive of Farecompare.com, told the news source.

This might come as a slight annoyance to business travelers on their way to serviced apartments, but there are a few ways to still find some deals. According to LifeHacker, apps like MileWise can direct travelers to the right flights which do accept frequent flier miles.