What Are Your Top Frequent Flyer Award Redemption Pet Peeves?

By Paul Riegler on 21 September 2012
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One of the perks of being a frequent flyer is that you accumulate tens of thousands of miles or points that can then be redeemed for air travel (for a vacation for you and perhaps a loved one, or an entire family). Sadly, flying is no longer the glamorous excursion as depicted in the cinema; it’s work, and for many it’s part of a daily or weekly routine, akin to crossing the street.

So you have 564,728 miles and you want to redeem them for a business-class trip for you and three friends from New York to Paris on a specific date.  This should be a routine matter but, as more and more are discovering, redeeming miles is sometimes fraught with peril, so much so that an entire cottage industry has developed around booking awards for travelers who don’t know how to work the system.

While you probably know your way around the rules and the booking engine, there are still a few things that may bug you.

To find out what these are and what about award travel redemption bugs you the most, Frequent Business Traveler magazine has once again joined with FlyerTalk, the world’s largest online travel community. This is the third in a series of pet peeves polls that will also look at restaurants, technology and other aspects of the travel experience.

We’d like to know which frequent flyer award redemption pet peeves irritate you the most. Simply drag your biggest pet peeves to the top of the list, and continue to rank them in descending order.

Our list, which was compiled by a group of frequent travelers that includes members of FlyerTalk, incorporates issues you might encounter only when trying to book an award; other air travel and program related issues have or will be covered in other polls.

After taking the poll, which will run through October 10, 2012, you may subscribe to Frequent Business Traveler Weekly and be given the opportunity to win a piece of valuable airline memorabilia.

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