Post # 1
So we are flying in my photographer and I thought I was gonna be all smart and use my United Mileage Plus card and buy her ticket and get the miles for it…. well turns out I don’t get the miles if it’s not me travelling. I get the miles for using my Mileage Plus Visa card, but the trip miles I don’t get. Seriously, United, you can suck it. That’s such total bulls**t. What do they care if it’s me flying or someone else flying. It’s my money, those should be my miles. I could have gotten a way cheaper ticket and I didn’t because I wanted to use United. As if dealing with airlines wasn’t annoying enough… I seriously hate them. I hope they go bankrupt (after my wedding).
Post # 3
Ugh I’m sorry. I think that’s always the case with frequent flyer miles that you have to be the one traveling. Stupid though.
Post # 4
Ha, I have to say that if there was one person on the boards whose posts I could identify without knowing ahead of time who wrote it, it would definitely be you!
Post # 5
My friend uses her mom’s miles. It’s not United and I don’t know if they are doing something shady or whatever but she always gets free flights and upgrades on her mom’s miles so I didn’t think it was an issue. I feel as if I was indirectly deceived. Also, I really wanted those miles for use on our honeymoon 🙁
Post # 6
I think you are allowed to use the miles to upgrade other people’s flights. My dad has a United card and has said that he could use them to get me a flight but he can’t accrue miles on the flights that I book and fly with his card.
Post # 7
That’s how most frequent flyer miles programs work, right…? You get miles when you fly yourself, only yourself. But you can use your miles to buy tickets for yourself or other people, or to upgrade yourself or someone else to the next cabin.
Sorry, but I don’t think they’re deceiving you. At least you get miles from buying the ticket with your miles credit card. That’s at least something, right?
Post # 8
Ok Kittyachi – first off, sorry about you not being able to use your miles on your photog. That seriously sucks. The way companies have stuff set up a lot of times is really tricky. They make it sound like they have all these awesome “rewards” for utilizing THEIR services, but all the stipulations in order to receive them are a huge pain. Most of the time it’s “bait and switch”.
Secondly and off topic, but your posts never fail to crack me up. I can’t help it. In my mind, I can just see you stabbing someone with a fork and screaming “Give me my miles you $#%&*@!” hehe.
Post # 9
Wait…you couldn’t use the miles you have to redeem for a ticket for your photog? Or you don’t get the miles credited to you for the flight the photog is taking?
If it’s the latter, that’s typical. Many airlines don’t let you earn miles for the flight even if you’re the one flying if you got the ticket by redeeming mileage.
If it’s the former, that’s weird and annoying…most airlines let you redeem mileage for a ticket for anyone.
There’s a difference between redeeming and earning miles and it’s unclear which you’re upset about.
Post # 10
@okqueenbee – LOL thanks. if i didn’t make myself laugh most of the time i’d be certifiably insane by now.
To clarify, I wanted to accrue the miles for the ticket I purchased for her, which is not a totally ridiculous thing to think you’ll be able to do. Yeah yeah whatever so I didn’t know “the rules” but the rules are stupid and lame and I hate them. And I said “indirectly deceived” – not accusing them of deceiving me, but deceived by the fact that my friend is always gloating about her free flights for her 5 star vacations to Rome and Tunisia all this crap and I can’t get some chick with a camera from Indianapolis to Connecticut. Joke’s on me, per usual.
I’m kind of over it. Lesson learned the hard way, as always.