Did you snag tickets to this exclusive SPG event?
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The Southwest Airlines companion pass remains one of the most valuable benefits of any airline loyalty program in the US. Timed correctly, you can get 2 years of free flights for your companion. Southwest apparently listened to the feedback from customers this week and rolled out a modification to their earlier change.
The Southwest Airlines companion pass remains one of the most valuable benefits of any airline loyalty program in the US. Timed correctly, you can get 2 years of free flights for your companion. Southwest is changing the rules for how you earn a companion pass. This one’s gonna sting a bit.
One of the most valuable benefits of the SPG program is the transfer ratio to many airlines. Because of the transfer ratio between Virgin America and Alaska Airlines, there’s an opportunity right now to earn a 60% bonus on your Starpoints. That will be going away shortly.
It’s that time of year where I need to start making strategic decisions for elite status in 2017. I’ve been fiercely loyal to American for a decade. Are the changes over the past two years enough to blunt that (some would argue misplaced) loyalty? Has United regressed just as much in that timeframe? Where does a business traveler with my travel patterns put his business in 2017?